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Recession Fears Seem to be Subsiding

David B. Armstrong, CFA Weekly Market Commentary

I’ll admit it. I got nothing done this weekend since Season 4 of House of Cards was dumped onto Netflix. It broke the internet and my productivity like a dump truck full of Kim Kardashian derrière posts. So this may be a little short. However, if this blog does not give you enough of a Monument fix, please be sure …

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Irrational Behavior In the Bond Market?

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Bubbles are tough to spot, but bonds look like the next one. I can’t even begin to count the number of times I’ve come across the phrase “irrational behavior” in my career. I’ve not only studied it academically but also witnessed it firsthand. It seems that my encounters with both the phrase and the actual acts are countless. Our behavior …

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Know Your Bond Basics

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When interest rates increase, existing bond prices fall. I have been invited to countless conference calls, webinars, and conferences that promise to educate me about the outlook for municipal bonds. However, in all of that noise, some of the most important but least understood implications for today’s bond market are being overlooked by many investors. Here are some important concepts …

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The Real Fear for the Muni Market

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Rising interest rates could spook muni bond investors. The potential for mounting debt and falling tax receipts to lead to huge defaults by state, regional, and local governments has precipitated many conference calls and webinars focusing on “setting the record straight” or “busting the myths” for municipal bonds. In each of these conversations I’ve heard a similar message: The default …

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Hate Bonds? Try This.

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If you’re feeling apprehensive about investing in bonds, consider this fixed-income alternative. The current interest rate situation makes purchasing bonds tricky at best. However, every complete and comprehensive financial plan will include an allocation to investments that provide a fixed-income stream. So if bonds are not the greatest investment right now, but investors should still allocate to fixed-income investments, what’s …

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6 Investing Habits To Dump Now

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Watch your bonds — don’t watch TV. The news is rife with analysis about interest rates, inflation, and the dollar, leading many to speculate that the next impending bubble to burst will be in the bond market. Looking at the flow of money over the past 18 to 24 months, it seems that investors have been loading the boat with …