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Is the Bond Market Changing Direction?

By John S. Tobey

Whether you call it a bubble or not, investors’ love affair with bonds may be ending. Longer-term bond losses in the last three weeks have been about one-half year’s interest income. It may not seem possible. After all, corporate bond yields rose only 0.22% from their 3.74% historic low on August 24 to 3.96%... »

Deflation – How It Can Exist Even As the Economy Recovers

By John S. Tobey

Deflation is being presented as a force that trips up the economy. The simple reasoning: As prices fall, consumers and businesses postpone buying, thereby causing prices to fall further. Hence, a downward-spiraling cycle. Like many of the negative forecasts we have read over the past months, this one is overly simplistic. It ignores two... »

Deflation – Experts’ Latest Scare Tactic

By John S. Tobey

The big, bad forecasts refuse to die. It’s time to shoot (i.e., ignore) the messenger. We need to focus on what is really happening, not the latest scary scenario being pushed by an investment manager. The people furnishing frightening visions are not altruistic. When some wise investment manager issues a warning, question the motive... »

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