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Old 01-16-2012, 07:54 AM   #1
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Poll: How are your fixed income assets invested?

Hopefully the question makes what I'm polling clear...
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Old 01-16-2012, 08:06 AM   #2
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For me, mostly an equal amount of 3 year CDs and longer GNMAs, recently added some Preferred stocks.
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Given the abysmal rates available on CD's my fixed income is primarily in the TSP G Fund which is yielding approx. 2.5%. I have some I-Bonds and the rest is in high yield savings and checking accounts (i.e. Discover Bank, Capital One). No bond funds at all.
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I have more than 30% in individual muni bonds, but these were bought in '08 and '09 during the market drop and the bonds were being sold in panic mode and the deals were too good to pass up. Before that and since, I prefer funds to individual bonds. This past year, we have also invested in some muni CEFs, but they are risky.
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Vanguard TIPS fund.
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All my bonds are in bond funds, so I chose the first option in the poll. My fixed income is mostly TSP G Fund, and also includes Total Bond Market Index (VBTLX) and Wellesley (VWIAX). Also, I have a little bit (5.5%) in a Vanguard money market fund at an abysmally low interest rate, completing the 55% fixed part of my AA.
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I don't consider CD's fixed income, I'd count them as cash. But then I don't think I've ever constructed a poll exactly as intended, and in this case the distinction shouldn't matter much (presumably most, but not all, investors have little in "cash" and many hold that as money market funds).
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I voted mostly/all in bond funds but that actually includes half of the bonds being in balanced funds (Wellington/Wellesley). Seems you intended that as a part of this choice here.
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I voted mostly/all in bond funds but that actually includes half of the bonds being in balanced funds (Wellington/Wellesley). Seems you intended that as a part of this choice here.
Indeed, they are both funds that include bonds.
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You can put me in bond fund category. VBTLX, DODIX, and a stable value fund make up 50% of my portfolio.
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Inherited a number of US Treasury bonds and notes, all paying between 4% and 7% interest. They're maturing at a rate of one per year until 2022. Sadly, there's nothing that safe earning that kind of return to reinvest in as each one matures (so far).
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Wondering why annuities are not a poll option. Even though many disdain them, others probably use them. Am I misinterpreting "fixed income"?

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Wondering why annuities are not a poll option. Even though many disdain them, others probably use them. Am I misinterpreting "fixed income"?

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Annuities are kind of similar to pensions in some respects, and pensions aren't included either. I am speculating that perhaps the OP wanted to know whether mutual funds or individual bonds were preferred by those investing in bonds (?). At least, that is how I interpreted the question.
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20% bond funds & 80% individual bonds. 24% of bonds in tax exempts. Fixed income (bond related) = 48% of total combined equity and fixed income portfolio.
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Based on the poll options, seems like the poll question should be "How is the bond portion of your AA invested?" with an additional "I don't have bonds" option.
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MY FI allocation (40% of portfolio) is about 50% VG intermediate-term index fund and 50% TIPS index fund.

Keeping it simple for the past 67 years.
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If one is getting a pension they already have an annuity. One is better to create their own annuity through a diversified portfolio. Once you purchase an annuity you have lost control of that money and if you die prematurely that money is gone. But I guess again everybody has their own situations and they might work for some.
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40/60 AA. 37% TGCFX- TCW Core Fixed Inc, 36% VWIAX - Wellesley. 12% WEIFX - Weitz Short-Intermed Inc, 11% VBIRX - VG Short Term Bond Indx - 4% I Bonds.

My emergency funds are in a CD ladder and savings accounts. As the CDS mature I will put $10k a year into I Bonds and the balance into savings until interest rates go up and then go back to CDs.
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I currently own both individual issues (CDs/i-bonds) and bond funds (munis, corporates).

I am getting ready to sell some of the bond funds to raise some cash, so I will own mostly individual bonds in a few weeks.
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Hmm, pretty limited poll. Other fixed income assets have been outperforming bonds. Personally prefer stable value and CD's right now. Inflation protected bonds might be good.
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