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Posts Tagged ‘inflation’


Will You Lose Money When the Interest Rate Goes Up?

The investor community is fretting over interest rates. Inflation is creeping up and the US Federal Reserve is likely to keep raising rates. When rates creep up, the stock market heads down. And if you hold long term bonds they will continue to pay the current low rate even as new bonds pay more. That means you will either sell them at a loss or hold them with their low yield until maturity. Depending on the positioning of your investment portfolio, will you lose money when interest rates to up?
Short versus Long Term Bonds
We recently wrote about tax free municipal […]

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Federal Deficits, Treasury Notes, and Investments; The Shape of Things to Come

It was Illinois Senator Everett Dirksen who in the 1960’s said in regard to the federal budget, “A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you are talking real money.” It would seem that the saying is still true, but only if you substitute “trillion” for “billion”. Another prophetic Dirksen quote is, “I have […]

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How Much Cash to Keep as Cash

The United States government will need to borrow around $2.5 Trillion in 2009. A valid concern has been whether anyone would want to buy US treasury notes. The recent auction of $32 Billion in three year notes implies that investors are planning on keeping their money in short term cash instruments. Are these folks anticipating […]

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