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Subject:  Re: The Impact of Inflation on Yield Date:  1/30/2013  8:01 PM
Author:  globalist2013 Number:  34738 of 35342

Where/how did you calculate the impact of the coupons/interest paid (positive), taxes (negative), etc? Most do that with a stock (reinvestment of dividends), especially if you're considering the impact of inflation.

Bob,

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