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I just read your article RE: the Bond Ladder which provoked thought on my part: (Note smoke from the ears). (This is my first post on this board, I'm most often at the Soc. Sec Reform board)

There is a peculiarity that I have noticed in virtually all of the material I have by the Fools. No one seems to recognize investment value in "seasoned 2nd trust deeds". They are short term, secure, modest income and all due in a few years and can be purchased at a discount of about 20%-30%. They seem to fit nicely into your intentions for short term cashable assets. My question is, "Why are they generally ignored by Fools?" Is it lack of familiarity or a dislike for them as an investment tool?

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