June 29th, 2006. It was an innocuous day as the stock market was booming in the post-9/11 recovery. The economy was torrid and the unemployment rate was 4.6% in the USA. That fall, I opened up my checking account with Charles Schwab with their floating-rate free checking account (with no minimums or ATM fees) was paying […]
The following is a speculative grade corporate bond return calculator which computes total return of corporate bonds rated CCC or lower. Optionally, it can factor in inflation measured by the Consumer Price Index. Data is from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch US Corporate Master Index. To see other corporate bond ratings and returns: Investment […]
As Chuck Klosterman writes in his book IV: A Decade of Curious People and Dangerous Minds, the phrase ‘guilty pleasure’ is culturally backwards. As he can take pride in his watching the Ashley Simpson Show, I can admit to the my audience that I’ve watched every episode of Jersey Shore. I was born in Boston and raised in Rhode Island; to be truthful, I could field a pretty decent cast for a new season. I must say, for the record, an article in CNN Money made me respect the entrepreneurial spirit of the cast of the Jersey Shore.
The way the financial community seems to be covering it, we are currently attending the funeral of Asset Allocation. Long live Asset Allocation!
A common topic on financial pages world wide web wide (a cheer for alliteration?) is about the supposed death of asset allocation. Asset Allocation is the idea that the best retirement play for most investors is to allocate financial resources among a number of investment baskets. Supposedly by spreading one’s investments across a diverse set of asset classes it is possible to catch the hot performance in any corner of the market while absorbing any shocks in other corners. Of course, the uninspiring performance of asset classes during the ‘Great Recession’ seem to throw this theory into question. Read on and decide for yourself if we need to find some pallbearers for this financial heavyweight.