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Subject:  Re: Bonds & Fixed Income Investments: FAQS Date:  12/17/2009  11:46 PM
Author:  PolymerMom Number:  29528 of 36328

Primary, there are two groups of people who frequent this forum: those who make directional bets on interest-rates, and those who make directional bets on credit-worthiness. Both are gamblers in every meaningful sense of term. How they describe themselves is merely to identify the kind of gambling they are doing.

I do NOT make bets in any direction on bonds. I buy a bond because it will pay such-and-such a rate for X years. I am retired and ladder bonds. I'm in capital preservation mode. I'm looking for a yield that's better than a savings account or a money market account - period. Gambling is a turn off.

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