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Subject:  Re: Bonds vs Bond Funds--Again Date:  12/30/2009  6:11 PM
Author:  jackcrow Number:  29613 of 36389

I was talking about the liquidity.

I put in an order, I get my purchase in most cases every bit as fast as I would a stock order. But that isn't the true measure of liquidity. Liquidity has depth and breadth, buyers and sellers meeting, as well as execution all which the entire bond market has. Not once have I had an issue trying to buy what I found or trying to sell what I was holding primarily because I generally don't shop for illiquid bonds.

Even if the difference is minor . . .

You also get what you pay for at many of the deep deep discounters you do not have access to the liquidity you mentioned above to keep their costs under control they settle when it is convenient for them, usually end of day. The timing of this settlement is not exactly liquid.

Finally, remember this: If you're only making five, six, 10, even 20 trades in a year, the difference between paying $7 per trade and $20 per trade isn't significant. We think it's better to make customer service a priority and not sweat about most of the other stuff

yes minor is different and its minor why are we quibbling about this?

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