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Subject:  Investing in Fixed-income Vehicles Date:  5/11/2013  4:23 PM
Author:  globalist2013 Number:  34926 of 35930

Is buying a CD ‘investing’, or is it merely ‘cash-management’? Is buying a junk bond ‘investing’, or is it reckless ‘speculation’? Those who self-identify themselves as “conservative investors” would never buy junk bonds, right? “Far too risky” they say. OTOH, those who traffic in junk scoff at the timidity of those who buy CDs. So, who’s right? Or is the true answer, “Neither”, because “… it all depends.” ROTFL.

Maria (and you know who 'Maria'” is, who does a credible job) interviewed Ray Dalio last Fall (whom you probably haven’t heard of, but should get to know), and his reluctant forecast, dragged out of him by repeating questioning, was for protracted, muddle-though recovery, not the doomsday scenarios of Maudlin, Casey, Schiff, Celente, etc. with whom I agree. For sure, Dalio hedges his forecast six ways from Sunday with a lot of conditionals. But the fact that he makes his argument from a lot of market history suggest that he might not be wrong, or at least that my pessimism might be overdone.

Should I take my fears of a broad market crash seriously enough that I re-orient my investing efforts, or should I give in to present complacency about the dangers some see ahead? Tough call, right? especially since trying to figure out how hedge wealth isn’t an easy job. But to that end this morning, I did a qu