Monthly Archives: August 2011

At these prices, should we be unloading TIPS?

Great question from reader Drew: Tipswatch — I hear you on “buy and forget it”. I’ve been doing that for years to build out a 30-year ladder which anchors the ‘safe’ allocation within my portfolio. But I have a bit … Continue reading

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Horrible day for stocks; Treasuries show surprising strength

The downgrade of U.S. debt might have helped to send world stock markets reeling, but the target of the downgrade – U.S. Treasuries – showed impressive power Monday as a ‘safe haven’ in uncertain times. Yields on Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, … Continue reading

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U.S. debt downgrade: Tough talk from China

This was inevitable, wasn’t it? China is the world’s largest holder of U.S. debt, and now it is holding downgraded debt.  China is not happy, as you can see in this report on Marketwatch.com: “The U.S. government has to come … Continue reading

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Bill Gross: U.S. economy is at ‘tipping point’ of recession

Bill Gross, who runs the world’s biggest bond fund at Pimco, says in an interview with Bloomberg that the U.S. economy is stalling and a recession is a real possibility. In another Bloomberg interview, Harvard University economics professor Martin Feldstein … Continue reading

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Next auction: Reissue of a 5-year TIPS, Aug. 18, 2011

Update: Buy this issue? I say, no. The U.S. Treasury will auction a reissue of a 5-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Security on Aug. 18, 2011. It will be interesting to see how much buyer interest this auction can raise. My point … Continue reading

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