The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.
Slaughter of the bond investors
A blunt, scary analysis of the potential dangers ahead for investors who are holding extra large positions in bonds for safety. This is a U.S.-focused piece, but it applies completely to Canadian investors.
Waking up from a coupon coma
A former extreme coupon clipper explains why she gave it all up. Basically, she ended up spending a lot of time and effort to buy stuff she really didn’t need.
We’re starting to see more and more warnings about high-yield bonds, aka junk bonds, which investors have been buying heavily in recent years because they offer much higher yields than government or blue-chip corporate bonds. The problem, as explained here, is that the companies issuing junk bonds these days are very far from the highest quality.
Financial literacy for seniors
This guide for professionals who work with older adults covers a wide variety of financial issues, including financial planning, power of attorney and financial abuse. Useful for seniors themselves, and their families.