2011 Bond Market Outlook & 2010 Review
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2011 Bond Market Outlook & 2010 Review

2010 has been a very interesting year for bonds, with the European sovereign debt crisis significantly affecting prices in that region.  Another big story was with US treasuries, which have seen a huge run up in prices with plenty of investor demand during the second and third quarters of 2010, only to see a sell off in last the few months of the year. 2011 will be another year of uncertainty and investor worry in global bonds. ...

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Q&A: Preferred Share Prices, Yields, The Fed Rate

Reader Question: What is behind the price movements of preferred shares. They work like bonds, but why do they seem to move in tandem with the issuing entity? When the Fed raises the rate, bond prices would fall, but what about preferred shares? The yields for preferred shares still seem rather high. Standard Chartered recently launched preferred shares with a yield of 9.5%, is this the normal yield in a normal market? Question From...

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Wells Fargo & Co and US Bancorp Preferred Shares/Stock

I’ve decided to post my comments/answers to some recent questions that I have been receiving regarding Wells Fargo (WFC) and US Bancorp (USB) preferred shares/stock.  This post is a follow up to my March 6 2009 article Wells Fargo and US Bancorp Slashes Dividend, which discussed their current situation and what investors should consider. . Q: What is the likelihood of a preferred dividend halt/stoppage/cut? Its good to have an...

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