The Bond Dream Room

Discussion of the Bond portion of the Permanent Portfolio

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Re: The Bond Dream Room

Post by ochotona » Fri Oct 11, 2019 2:25 pm

“These three new ETFs are designed to address the needs that our clients tell us are most important to them,” Schwab also notes. “We are pleased to offer these new low cost ETFs now, as investors are increasingly looking to bond ETFs as a potential source of diversification, liquidity and income.

The Schwab Long-Term U.S. Treasury ETF SCHQ, -1.02% follows the Bloomberg Barclays US Long Treasury Index and of the three ETFs highlighted here, may be the one destined for the best near-term performance if the Federal Reserve lowers interest rates once or twice before the end of this year.

“Long government funds concentrate on bonds backed by the U.S. government or by government-linked agencies,” according to Schwab. “Because these funds have durations of more than six years, they are more sensitive to interest rates, and thus riskier, than funds that have shorter durations.”
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Re: The Bond Dream Room

Post by Tyler » Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:07 pm

With an ER of only 0.06%, SCHQ is definitely worth a look for PP investors. That's the same as SPTL and less than half the cost of TLT.
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Re: The Bond Dream Room

Post by pugchief » Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:08 pm

FNGBX (fidelity long term treasury index fund) has an expense ratio of 0.03%
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Re: The Bond Dream Room

Post by ochotona » Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:00 am

We're now at that weird, sick place where 1-year Jumbo CDs from my local credit union have APR 2.06%, for which you'd have to go out to 20+ years on a US Treasury (sigh).

The ghost of Bernanke, I swear.
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Re: The Bond Dream Room

Post by ochotona » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:34 pm

A nasty day in LTTs. I'm phobic about them and days like today just confirm the sentiment.
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Re: The Bond Dream Room

Post by Kbg » Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:55 am

What did you think of the almost 20% increase?
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Re: The Bond Dream Room

Post by jhogue » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:27 am

The inversion of the Treasury yield curve disappeared today. The entire curve is now positive from the 3 month T bill to the 30 year T bond. I first noticed the present inversion between the 2 and 3 year T bill in Dec. 2018. Hard to say whether this development portends an end to lower interest rates or the likelihood of a recession.
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Re: The Bond Dream Room

Post by ochotona » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:06 pm

Kbg wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:55 am
What did you think of the almost 20% increase?
I did what any speculator would, bought TLT in June sold high near the peak. I still hate it.
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Re: The Bond Dream Room

Post by Kbg » Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:52 pm

ochotona wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:06 pm
Kbg wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:55 am
What did you think of the almost 20% increase?
I did what any speculator would, bought TLT in June sold high near the peak. I still hate it.
I hereby rename thee...Bondtholomew ;D
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Re: The Bond Dream Room

Post by Kriegsspiel » Fri Nov 08, 2019 5:33 pm

Kbg wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:52 pm
ochotona wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:06 pm
Kbg wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 7:55 am
What did you think of the almost 20% increase?
I did what any speculator would, bought TLT in June sold high near the peak. I still hate it.
I hereby rename thee...Bondtholomew ;D
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Re: The Bond Dream Room

Post by dualstow » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:55 pm

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Re: The Bond Dream Room

Post by sophie » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:00 am

jhogue wrote:
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:27 am
Hard to say whether this development portends an end to lower interest rates or the likelihood of a recession.
Well, given that the yield curve inversion so far hasn't predicted anything, I'd say you're almost right. Except substitute "impossible" for "hard".

p.s. ochotona you are hereby forevermore "bondtholomew"! Love it.
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