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Long dated tips may finally be a buy
Old 08-30-2023, 06:46 AM   #1
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Long dated tips may finally be a buy

Brent Arends from Morningstar is very positive on TIPS especially now that the real yields have been in thee 2% range. Being a market timer of sorts i avoided them when the real yield was zero but I have been buying this year.

he says "perfect for retirees"

https://www.morningstar.com/news/mar...storic-average
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Long dated tips may finally be a buy
Old 08-30-2023, 09:16 AM   #2
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Long dated tips may finally be a buy

TIPS have been discussed in some of the other threads. With ~2% real yield, they can make a lot of sense, especially in tax deferred/sheltered accounts.

Iím buying them for a diy deferred inflation protected annuity.

ETA: looks like rates have drifted down a little. WSJ is a good place to look for current rates: https://www.wsj.com/market-data/bonds/tips
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Old 08-31-2023, 07:14 AM   #3
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I tried to add this to the other TIPS thread but it was too old. The prices vary day by day but TIPs have not been priced this well for a long time. If inflation is 2.4 % pa for the next 20 years I may be sorry I didn't buy the 20 year nominal treasuries but for me removing the inflation risk is a relief.
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I tried to add this to the other TIPS thread but it was too old. The prices vary day by day but TIPs have not been priced this well for a long time. If inflation is 2.4 % pa for the next 20 years I may be sorry I didn't buy the 20 year nominal treasuries but for me removing the inflation risk is a relief.
Makes some sense I think. Insurance.
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I tried to add this to the other TIPS thread but it was too old. The prices vary day by day but TIPs have not been priced this well for a long time. If inflation is 2.4 % pa for the next 20 years I may be sorry I didn't buy the 20 year nominal treasuries but for me removing the inflation risk is a relief.


With 2.4% set as the Over/Under on inflation Iím betting on the Over.
Reshoreing manufacturing and a lower pool of available workers is going to make that 2% target hard to hit.
Iíll be buying in the upcoming 10 and 5 year auctions. Holding out on buying the 30 year for the irrational reason I wonít be around to cash it in.
If Iím wrong I paid for sleep at night insurance.
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If Iím wrong I paid for sleep at night insurance.

And even if youíre wrong. Iím guessing the amount you miss out on is trivial. My bet is that TIPS nominal yields will be similar to treasuries, but if Iím wrong, that means inflation was high and Iíll be happy to have TIPS.
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Don't you have to pay taxes on the phantom income the TIPs generate every year?
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Don't you have to pay taxes on the phantom income the TIPs generate every year?

Yes, which is why I buy TIPS in a tax deferred account.

I did read an interesting article that compared the phantom income similar to reinvested interest/dividends with CDs/Bonds. Youíre paying tax on income that you donít see until the CD/Bond matures.

Found the article: https://tipswatch.com/2021/04/02/fri...account-until/
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Don't you have to pay taxes on the phantom income the TIPs generate every year?

TiPS are kept in my IRA.

Anyone biting on the 30 year TIP bond?
Shame the 20 isnít offered anymore.
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I don’t buy long bonds.
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I am mainly using a TIPS ladder but I couldn't resist buying some long TIPs on the secondary market. I stay away from nominal long bonds because they are too risky for me.
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Long bonds donít interest me. Iím using TIPS to build a 8-10 year ladder to deal with SORR. The ladder starts in 8 years, so I wouldnít want to go out further than 18 years.

Otherwise, I invest 100% equities. As I get closer to retirement, Iíll probably keep a couple of years spending in short-term treasuries/CDs. A lot will depend on the WR at that time.
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The ladder starts in 8 years, so I wouldnít want to go out further than 18 years.
What do you do with the interest in the mean time?

I'd like to start a tips ladder for when I retire in ~5 years, but I'm not how to handle the interest.
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What do you do with the interest in the mean time?



I'd like to start a tips ladder for when I retire in ~5 years, but I'm not how to handle the interest.

I donít take into consideration interest. If I need 50k in 2028, then I buy a TIPS that will give me 50k + inflation adjustment in 2028 and consider the interest Ďextraí.

Iíll reinvest the interest payments when I get them based on my AA.

This causes me to buy more TIPS than I need, but Iím ok with that. Iím only buying TIPS to cover basic expenses. Itís meant to deal with the worst case scenario where we have a prolonged bear market in equities.

For example, 50k/year is a barebones budget but I really want 80k/year. The extra 30k will come from the other parts of my portfolio, assuming all is well. If itís not well, then TIPS will prevent me from having to sell low and I can wait until things get back to normal.

If there is extra from TIPS interest along the way, all the better.

In your case, I might invest the interest into short-term treasuries and then use that as income when you retire. It might be enough, along with your other investments, that you can roll your TIPS when they mature into another step in your ladder, assuming you want to keep the ladder going.

I havenít decided what I will do when my TIPS mature, but lots of time to figure that out.
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At 67 yo 30 year TIPS are out of my range. I will only buy on the secondary market if the adjusted price is slightly above par or lower. This is to negate any possibility of a negative nominal return due to deflation. Currently the only long term secondary offerings with low adj price are 2042 & 2043. Again, a little too far out there for me. I think I'll continue to load up on 2032, 2033 and 2034 when they're available in Jan. As long as real rates are above 1% or so I'll add to the 10 year maturity.

I don't like the reinvestment risk but I don't see a way around it. Anyway a 10 year ladder will probably be adequate.
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Same here.

Since some financial gurus I've read online argue long-term (decades) bonds are for institutions, not individual investors.

They make the case that individuals aren't sufficiently compensated for bond terms longer than around 5-8 years given the additional time & risk involved with longer terms.
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Same here.

Since some financial gurus I've read online argue long-term (decades) bonds are for institutions, not individual investors.

They make the case that individuals aren't sufficiently compensated for bond terms longer than around 5-8 years given the additional time & risk involved with longer terms.
I think that's the advantage of TIPS over nominal bonds. You don't have the inflation risk. I use a 10 year ladder and then also buy long tips anticipating selling when real returns decline and the values rise.
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With the current fixed rate near 2% on TIPS, I might extend my ladder out to 10 years. But not more. I’m still not convinced the inflation beast will go easily into the 2% cage any time soon. YMMV.
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With the current fixed rate near 2% on TIPS, I might extend my ladder out to 10 years. But not more. Iím still not convinced the inflation beast will go easily into the 2% cage any time soon. YMMV.
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