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Old 07-13-2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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So Who Is Getting Out of Bonds?

So with all that is in the news about the debt ceiling, and Moody's possible downgrade of the US. Anybody clearing out of bonds right now? and if so, where are you parking your money? (I know I know- sounds like a dirty market timer!)
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I think the time to get out of bonds will be shortly before the end of QE13. There should be a period in there where the gov't takes a break from debasing the currency and rates will start creeping up to -2% or so.
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I don't see any corporations getting downgraded because of this, so it should be no problem investing in investment-grade corporate bonds or short-term corporate bonds.

Also emerging markets don't seem to have all the problems of the US, Europe, and Japan ... even if China has to keep raising interest rates, so I doubled my position in emerging markets recently because EM has been the worst performing equity asset class this year.
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According to this article should washington fail to reach an agreement by the deadline then its gonna be really bad and there will be no where to hide

US default: Doomsday for investors - 1 - politics & debt limit - MSN Money
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Since modern money has no intrinsic worth it is only a promise to provide a understandable measure of value into the future. When the US defaults, and I'm convinced that we have no other option, there will be a great deal of short term confusion.

It will not be the end of the world. In fact historically it is more the norm for sovereign dept and currencies to go Kaput over time than it is for them to have ever lasting value. Cooking oil, Land, precious metals, family, friends, good health and even dividend paying international companies that have good business practices will still have value. It will just be difficult to make sense out of that value because we have used the dollar as our standard of measurement for so long. Very shortly a new standard will arrive. Who knows we may all be using the Canadian looney before it is over be cause it seems to be a pretty stable currency.
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We're invested per asset allocation in a very low cost bond index fund and we intend to stay there.
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I am keeping my municipal bonds.
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Hmmm.....the bond fund in my IRA is nearly 50% in US Govt bonds. The stock portion (S&P Index fund) of my IRA had been getting a little high lately when the market was nearing 13k recently but I did not do any rebalancing from stocks into bonds. The stock fund also paid a big dividend a few days ago. Now I am torn about rebalancing into that bond fund with its large USG holding.
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I am keeping my municipal bonds.
I have a significant postion in municipal bonds too. This whole "default on the fed debt" thing has me thinking (always dangerous) regarding that. When the feds default, will they be opening the door for the states and municipalities to be more prone to default? Leadership by example?
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I have a significant postion in municipal bonds too. This whole "default on the fed debt" thing has me thinking (always dangerous) regarding that. When the feds default, will they be opening the door for the states and municipalities to be more prone to default? Leadership by example?
I have about 10% of my holdings in muni bonds. I don't see states and localities seeking to mimic the feds in a race-to-the-bottom default scenario. The states and localities have their own budgetary issues, balanced budget amendments, income streams, and expenses. The elected leaders like to boast about their bond ratings for political gain so any downgrade would undercut those bragging rights.
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Most of the dire predictions of a default are political posturing. US debt payments have first priority. The major hit will be to government workers that will theoretically become unemployed. However, past "shutdowns" have always resulted in the actual Federal employees being "made whole" so they effectively got paid vacation days (pretty disgusting IMHO). Another however, contract scum (like me) got nada. They were unpaid days.

Back to the original question, I'm not doing anything different about my US bond holdings.
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I'm not changing.

I don't know of an easy-to-buy alternative that wouldn't be hit by a gov't default, and which hasn't already seen a run up in price.
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Someone will blink, maybe both sides. For all the posturing now, I think everyone realizes that NOT increasing the ceiling to force the government to stop funding and paying for some obligations is simply not an option. But there is a lot of brinksmanship going on, and I think it's a matter of who blinks first -- but someone will, just like they did when they extended the Bush tax cuts for a couple years. No one wanted the cuts to go away for the middle class, so at the 11th hour something came together.

I suspect the same will happen here.
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We're invested per asset allocation in a very low cost bond index fund and we intend to stay there.

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Most of the dire predictions of a default are political posturing. US debt payments have first priority. The major hit will be to government workers that will theoretically become unemployed.
You're missing the bigger picture. If we hit the debt ceiling and start defaulting on our obligations, our credit rating tanks. Instantly. Then all the trillions of dollars we've borrowed will become MUCH MUCH more expensive to refinance when the notes come due. It would cause a massive and very rapid increase in the nation's interest expenses -- which is already $0.5 Trillion/yr at our current AAA rating. That would NOT be good.
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I thought this thread was "Who is getting out of bounds?" I am so disappointed.

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I thought this thread was "Who is getting out of bounds?" I am so disappointed.

Ha

Or, who "has slipped the surly bonds of" ... of...work, perhaps? I dunno. My bonds haven't been too surly lately. Love those dividends.

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oooh those kind of bonds.. never mind i was thinking of something else lol.

whips and chains and things that sting,these are a few of my favorite things, la la la la..

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I thought this thread was "Who is getting out of bounds?" I am so disappointed.

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