If you’re like most people, you probably have a part of your retirement savings (and other assets) allocated in bond mutual funds. And if you’re like most people, you probably put together an allocation and forgot about it – the “set it and forget it” strategy. Investors like to diversify into bonds to reduce the […]
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The Case for Active Bond Management: You Don’t Want a Stagnant Laddered Portfolio!
Investors tend to enjoy talking about stocks; they’re exciting, easy to buy and sell, and can produce high returns. But fixed income is just as important as your equity allocation, and sometimes even more so. Bonds are often the quiet cornerstone of many portfolios. However, managing a bond portfolio can quickly become a lot more […]
There’s Still Time to Contribute to an IRA for 2010
There’s still time to make a regular IRA contribution for 2010! You have until your tax return due date (not including extensions) to contribute up to $5,000 for 2010 ($6,000 if you were age 50 by December 31, 2010). Normally, your tax return must be filed by April 15. However, the IRS has extended […]
Building an Estate Planning Toolkit: The Transfer on Death Designation – TOD
In addition to wills and trusts, there are many tools available to you in developing an estate plan. While different tools are appropriate for different asset classes, family structures, and goals, it is important to know about the possibilities. In this article, I’ll focus on the Transfer on Death, or TOD, designation, which can help […]
Managing Your Downside Risk is a Must!
As an investor, you probably hear a lot about risk. Phrases like “risk tolerance” and “risk profile” are part of the usual investment discourse, but when it comes right down to it, you may not be aware of how powerful it is to actively pay attention to the risk parameters of your portfolio. Of course, […]
Is Your Bond Portfolio Prepared for a Recovery?
As we slowly work our way out of this historic recession, it’s a good time to take a step back and think about where we might be headed and what it could mean for the fixed income holdings in your portfolio. In December of 2008, the Federal Reserve dropped interest rates to record lows and […]