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Looking for Yield? Try Agency Bonds [TheStreet]

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 7:27 AM
Chad Stephens, manager of the RidgeWorth U.S. Government Securities Ultra-Short Bond Fund(SIGVX), says bonds issued by government-backed agencies are a safe place for investors seeking extra yield.
Bonds still face interest rate risk. Stephens thinks the Fed will start hiking rates by the end of the year.
Ken TuminKen Tumin5,472 posts since
Nov 29, 2009
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1. Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 8:59 AM
Bonds are NOT a wise investment now. When interest rates stat going up, the value of bonds you hold goes down accordingly. That is, bonds are pretty well peaking in value now and are only going to be going down -- substantially. You stand to lose your shirt if you get into bonds now.
me1004me1004374 posts since
Jan 16, 2010
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2. Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 12:52 PM
The best you can hope for with agency bonds is 3% for a 5 year bond.  That's horrible.  You're better off with CDs.
QuovatisQuovatis11 posts since
Feb 4, 2010
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3. Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 4:42 PM
The time to buy bonds is when people are dumping them (as in back in late 2008) when prices are dropping.  When bonds are costing more than face value, that is NOT the time to buy bonds.  Unless you believe that rates will drop further down would be the only reason to buy them now.
AnonymousAnonymous2,282 posts since
May 9, 2010
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