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Thomas Kenny

Updated Articles and Resources

By Thomas Kenny

    Updated Articles and Resources
    • How Many Bond Funds Should You Own? Created: Monday, July 28, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014
      Do you own too many bond funds? For most investors, it’s easy to achieve your objectives with anywhere from one to three bond funds. Find out how to avoid confusing quantity with diversification.
    • Bonds: Bullet Strategy Definition Created: Sunday, July 27, 2014 Updated: Sunday, July 27, 2014
      What is a bullet strategy in bond investing? Find out the definition of bullet strategy, and how it compares to the laddering and barbell strategies.
    • Investing in Emerging Market Corporate Bonds Created: Sunday, March 11, 2012 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Find out how to invest in emerging market corporate bonds, and whether this high-yielding asset class is right for you.
    • Could an Investor Exodus from Bond Funds Cause a Market Crash? Created: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014
      Bond fund liquidity risk: With reduced liquidity in the bond market, what are the odds that a panic by bond fund investors could cause a market crash?
    • Second Quarter 2014 Bond Market Performance Overview Created: Monday, June 30, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
      Second Quarter 2014 Bond Market Returns: see performance data, key events, drivers of outperformance for corporate and high yield bonds, plus a second half outlook.
    • International Dividend ETFs Offer a Unique Opportunity Created: Monday, July 21, 2014 Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014
      International dividend ETFs offer higher yields, and possibly higher total return potential than their U.S.-based counterparts, for those who can take on the added risk.
    • What You Need to Know about Dividend ETFs Created: Thursday, July 17, 2014 Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014
      Dividend ETFs have a lot to offer, but income investors need to remember that dividend stocks are a risky proposition despite their strong recent returns.
    • Chart of 2- to 10-year U.S.Treasury Yield Spread: 1976-Present Created: Monday, February 03, 2014 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      The long-term chart of the 2- to 10-Year Treasury yield spread, with historical context. How does today's 2- to 10-year spread compare to history?
    • Historical U.S. Treasury Yield Charts Created: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014
      See the long-term, historical yield charts for 2-year, 5-year, and 10-year U.S. Treasuries, together with a brief description of the forces influencing Treasuries' yield movements over time.
    • Are U.S. Treasuries a Buy Right Now? Created: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      With the Federal Reserve moving closer to raising interest rates, should you buy U.S. Treasuries right now? It depends on whether you're investing via funds or individual bonds.
    • Should You Invest in the Highest Yielding Bond Funds? Created: Saturday, July 12, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      The highest yielding bond funds may provide above-average income, but they also come with above-average risk. Are the highest-yielding bond funds are right for you, or are you better off in a safer investment?
    • Bond ETFs vs. Bond Mutual Funds: Historical Returns and Costs Created: Wednesday, September 05, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      What's the best way to invest in bonds, mutual funds or ETFs? Learn the cost and return difference between bond mutual funds and bond ETFs.
    • Global, International, and Emerging Market Bond ETFs: The Complete, Updated List Created: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      See the complete, updated list of international, global, and emerging market bond ETFs, sorted by category.
    • Why Events in Europe May Put Downward Pressure on U.S. Treasury Yields Created: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014
      Which way will U.S. Treasuries move next? The key to the outlook for U.S. Treasuries may not be traditional factors such as inflation and economic growth, but rather market performance in Spain and Italy. Why do these markets matter so much for the United States right now?
    • Who are the Largest Foreign Owners of U.S. Debt? Created: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      See how much of the United States' debt is owned by foreign countries, what countries own the most U.S. debt, and how their holdings have changed in the past year.
    • Bond Funds Ranked 4- and 5-Stars by Morningstar Created: Friday, May 18, 2012 Updated: Monday, July 14, 2014
      Get the list of all bond mutual funds ranked 4-Star and 5-Star by Morningstar.
    • Bond ETFs: The Complete, Updated List Created: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      The complete, updated list of bond exchange-traded funds (ETFs), sorted by category.
    • Actively Managed Bond ETFs: The Complete, Updated List Created: Sunday, February 17, 2013 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      Actively managed bond ETFs, led by PIMCO Total Return ETF, are growing rapidly. See the list of actively managed bond ETFs with tickers and expense ratios.
    • Should You Invest in an Ultrashort Bond Fund? Created: Friday, January 17, 2014 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      Ultrashort bond funds have grown in popularity as investors try to escape the low yields on money market funds. But are ultrashort-term bond funds as safe as fund companies say?
    • The Complete and Updated List of Short-Term Bond ETFs Created: Thursday, September 19, 2013 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      Investors who are worried about the bond market, or who are in need of a low-risk investment, can consider these short-term bond ETFs.
    • Target Maturity Bond Funds: An Alternative to Laddering Created: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      Target maturity bond funds can help investors bridge the gap between the diversification of bond funds and the greater certainty of bond ladders.
    • Municipal Bond ETFs: Which Muni ETFs are Right for You? Created: Thursday, June 07, 2012 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      The complete, updated list of municipal bond ETFs, sorted by category. An overview of index funds and municipal bond ETFs focused on the high-yield, California, and New York categories.
    • How to Calculate Tax Equivalent Yield: Are Municipal Bonds Right for You? Created: Friday, June 01, 2012 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      Knowing how to calculate the tax equivalent yield on municipal bonds is a key element of determining whether munis or taxable bonds are right for you.
    • The Returns of Short, Intermediate, and Long Term Bonds Created: Monday, June 03, 2013 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      The historical performance numbers for short-, intermediate- and long-term bonds. Which category is poised for the best returns in the coming years?
    • Stocks vs. Bonds: The Long-Term Performance Data Created: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014
      Find out how bond market performance compares to stocks in the past ten years, and learn which segments of the bond market provided the best returns. The historical bond market performance data tells an interesting story about the importance of bonds in portfolio diversification.
    • What are General Obligation Bonds and Revenue Bonds? Created: Monday, June 04, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      There are two major categories of municipal bonds: general obligation bonds and revenue bonds. Here is the easy-to-understand explanation of the difference between general obligation and revenue bonds.
    • Overview of 2014 First Quarter Bond Market Performance Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014
      The definitive first quarter 2014 bond market performance overview: 1Q return data, factors that helped bonds' performance, Fed policy, and outlook.
    • Investing in Dividend Growth Stocks: Why Dividend Growth Matters Created: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2014
      High-dividend stocks tend to outperform the broader stock market over the long-term, but within the dividend category is another group with outperformance that is even more dramatic: stocks with growing dividends. Find out more about the pros and cons of this market segment.
    • The Highest Yielding Fixed Income Investments: Where to Find Yield NOW Created: Monday, December 10, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014
      Find out the six bond market segments provide income investors with the highest yields." itemprop="description"> Saturday, September 01, 2012 Updated: Monday, June 30, 2014
      On the first Friday of every month, the U.S. Labor Department reports key employment data - including the unemployment rate - in its monthly jobs report. Of all the economic reports released each m...
    • The U.S. Yield Curve is Flattening. Does it Matter? Created: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014
      The U.S. Treasury yield curve has flattened so far in 2014. Should investors be concerned about what this means for the economic outlook?
    • Why You Shouldn't Buy Mutual Funds Before They Pay Distributions Created: Thursday, November 07, 2013 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
      Find out why using a taxable account to buy a mutual fund before it makes a distribution can actually cost you money.

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