Alternative Investments

How to Make Your Own High-Yield Corporate Bond Fund

2016-01-12T14:50:45+00:00 Jun 2013|Alternative Investments, Asset Allocation, Equities, Fixed Income, Mutual Funds|

With interest rates at low levels for a number of years now, many investors have moved some portion of their high-quality bond portfolios to higher-yielding investments like high-yield corporate bonds. I’ve long argued that there’s not much these strategies add relative to a traditional stock fund and high-quality bond strategy. Further, the traditional stock fund and high-quality bond allocation strategy tends to have lower costs and be more tax efficient. This is a bit of a qualitative argument though, and I wanted to illustrate the point quantitatively.

The Risks of Yield Seeking Strategies

2016-01-12T14:48:21+00:00 Jun 2012|Alternative Investments, Asset Allocation, Fixed Income|

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve focused on high-yield corporate bonds, but three other yield-oriented investments I frequently get asked about are high-dividend stocks, preferred stocks and oil-and-gas master limited partnerships (MLPs). In the past couple of years, I’ve found that most investors who ask about these strategies are contemplating using them in place of high-quality fixed income because “fixed income rates are low.”