Posted by Larry Doyle on March 11th, 2009 5:06 PM |
With stock markets down 15-20% on the year and 50% over the last 14 months, everybody in the market is asking the same question, “where can I put my money?” While many asset managers are touting the equity markets as a great buy at these levels, cooler and calmer heads are stating that the economy and markets are likely to have a slow recovery. The question screams where to put one’s money to earn more than the pittance offered in bank checking and savings accounts.
I read a very informative piece in today’s WSJ, Locking In Returns You Like. First off, this piece is very user friendly. It provides a wealth of information and links to websites which will provide good market insight.
I think you will find this article a very valuable resource and I would recommend putting it in the “save” column for future reference. As you review the products highlighted and topics broached, please do not hesitate to ask anything you may not fully understand.
Posted by Larry Doyle on February 27th, 2009 5:30 AM |
When trading bonds on Wall Street, I always wanted to know what the largest accounts were doing. A handful of these accounts were so massive that in order to make a meaningful change in their portfolio they had to execute trades of monstrous size. In executing trades with these clients, there was enormous risk. That said, if I did not provide enough liquidity to the accounts then we would stop seeing their inquiry. Information is everything, so not seeing their business was even more dangerous than printing some of it. Given this balancing act, I would try to pick and choose my spots. Amongst these clients is the largest bond manager in the country, Pacific Investment Management Company, otherwise known as Pimco, headed by the legendary Bill Gross (one of our Economic All-Stars highlighted in the lower left sidebar).
Bill offers his thoughts on a monthly basis. Anybody with even passing interest in the markets should read his remarks. I will offer an overview: (more…)