Interest Rates

Guaranteed Safe Fixed Income Is Still Possible, If You Know Where To Find It

Guaranteed Safe Fixed Income Is Still Possible, If You Know Where To Find It

Why do retirees crave guaranteed fixed income? It’s simple. Retiring comfortably is having enough money to enjoy your lifestyle, without constantly having to worry about money. Prior to the 2008 bank bailouts, Certificates of Deposit and top-quality bonds filled that role well. Current interest rates are pathetic. At current rates, CDs and quality bonds are guaranteed […]

What Happens to Your Stocks If Fed Rates Go Negative?

What Happens to Your Stocks If Fed Rates Go Negative?

Times are chaotic! Historically, when chaos reigns and emotions are turbocharged, there are winners and losers. Despite the stress, winners manage to see things clearly and keep their wits about them. Recently we interviewed John Williams at Shadowstats. He said government unemployment and inflation numbers are bogus. He also tells us: – Worst U.S. Economic Activity Ever Reported […]

Finding Yield When Interest Rates Are At Zero

Finding Yield When Interest Rates Are At Zero

Global pandemics and civil unrest don’t seem to impact stock prices, but it remains challenging to find yield in a world of near-zero interest rates. Central banks are doing everything they can to keep global economies from crashing (which is the main reason stock prices are stable), and the result is that yield can’t be […]

Where to Put Your Savings When Rates Go Negative

Where to Put Your Savings When Rates Go Negative

In our recent article, “What The Heck Is Going On?”, our guru friend Chuck Butler remarked: “There’s no harm in holding cash, as long as your bank isn’t charging you to do so, which is probably coming down the road, so be prepared!” Chuck’s remark did not go unnoticed. Subscriber Rikk M. asked, “IF we go […]

Here’s What A One-Year Covered Call In Microsoft Looks Like

Here’s What A One-Year Covered Call In Microsoft Looks Like

In the era of ultra-low interest rates, yield enhancement strategies have become prolific. Actually, let’s take a step back. It used to be that you could generate a reasonable yield from fixed interest investments, like government or corporate bonds. However, with interest rates approaching zero, those types of investments just don’t provide robust yields. So […]

Where are interest rates headed in 2020?

Where are interest rates headed in 2020?

One of the big questions for the financial markets as we head into the next decade is where are interest rates going as we kick off a new year. On one hand, the labor market is strong and stock prices are at all-time highs. On the other hand, many other economic indicators are showing a […]