Monthly Archives: February 2012

Bernanke: ‘It is arguable that the interest rates are too high’

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke laid out his argument for super-low interest rates today in an appearance before the House Financial Services Committee. His opening statement included this (insert adjective here) statement on U.S. interest rates: “It is arguable that … Continue reading

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Bill Gross has one word of investment advice: Defense

Bill Gross, founder and managing director and of the PIMCO investment firm, is known for laying it all out in his opinion pieces on the PIMCO site. And his March 2012 treatise doesn’t disappoint. Although many investors seem to dislike … Continue reading

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How risky are TIPS mutual funds and ETFs?

September 2016 update: Investors should know: TIPS ETFs and mutual funds are riskier than you think Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities are a super-safe and super-conservative investment, right? That’s true if you buy and hold TIPS to maturity. I think it’s OK to … Continue reading

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Consumer inflation in January: A modest 0.2%

Here is a summary of the Associated Press report: Consumer prices rose modestly in January on higher costs for food, gas, rent and clothing. But economists downplayed the increase, saying inflation will likely ease in the coming months as prices … Continue reading

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30-year TIPS auctions at 0.770%

The Treasury has posted the results of today’s auction of a new 30-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Security, with the auction generating a yield to maturity of 0.770%. This is CUSIP 912810QV3 and it will have a coupon rate of 0.750%, meaning … Continue reading

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New 30-year TIPS will auction Feb. 16, 2012

The Treasury announced last week that it will auction a new 30-year Treasury Inflation-Protected Security on Thursday, Feb. 16. This will be CUSIP 912810QV3. As always, you can buy this new issue directly from the Treasury by using TreasuryDirect, but … Continue reading

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Charles Schwab to the Fed: Let go of our interest rates!

Charles Schwab, founder of one of the nation’s great brokerage firms, laid out his case today in the Wall Street Journal that the Federal Reserve, by holding interest rates near zero and committing to this policy for years to come, … Continue reading

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