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Long investment horizon =/= long-term bonds?

Is there a good reason why someone who has a long investment horizon (i.e. is in their 20s) should not initially invest the bond portion of their portfolio in long-term bond funds? Vanguard's Target Retirement funds for young investors are invested in intermediate term bonds. I'm sure there's a good...
by zombie_lawyer
Tue Jul 02, 2013 12:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Long investment horizon =/= long-term bonds?
Replies: 5
Views: 788

Hi zombie_lawyer, Not everyone believes insider trading should be illegal. Learning to Love Insider Trading Respectfully, Optimistic My issue with the argument in that article is that it supports permitting insider trading on the grounds that it helps prices find their "true" levels more ...
by zombie_lawyer
Thu Oct 13, 2011 2:04 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is insider trading illegal?
Replies: 26
Views: 1490

The game is not fair. People trade inside. People corrupt. There's no doubt that the game isn't totally fair. Insider trading can never be eradicated completely. But I also think that in the US and other advanced countries we do an excellent job at deterring it and prosecuting it. I can tell you th...
by zombie_lawyer
Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is insider trading illegal?
Replies: 26
Views: 1490

As my securities law professor in law school repeated over and over, "if the game's not fair, who'd want to play?". I'm an M&A lawyer. If I could use my knowledge of an M&A deal I am working on to give tips to all my family and friends, so that they can double or triple their money...
by zombie_lawyer
Thu Oct 13, 2011 1:15 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why is insider trading illegal?
Replies: 26
Views: 1490

$55/month for 15(10?)MB down and 1MB up.
by zombie_lawyer
Wed Oct 05, 2011 10:32 am
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How much do you pay for internet?
Replies: 52
Views: 4173

I do not invest in junk bonds. Not because I'm fundamentally opposed to them - but because I can achieve the same economic end result with a more simple portfolio. I prefer to just hold a higher portion of equities and less investment grade bonds.
by zombie_lawyer
Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:34 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Do You Invest In Junk Bonds?
Replies: 40
Views: 5471

To buy mutual funds in my taxable account with Vanguard, I send my $ by wire transfer to obtain that day's closing price - it's faster than ACH, and I can still do it online, so it's not a hassle. The big caveat is that my bank allows unlimited no-fee wires, otherwise I wouldn't be doing it this way.
by zombie_lawyer
Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:37 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Is there a way to move cash to a Vanguard account?
Replies: 27
Views: 3027

I would try to avoid wearing the black suit as black suits aren't ideal for business. Having a dark navy (with brown belt and shoes), grey, and charcoal suit would cover the fundamentals. I very rarely if ever see anyone wear a black suit to work here in NYC. For shirts, I'd stick to white and light...
by zombie_lawyer
Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:02 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Suit up (i.e. buying new suits for a new job)
Replies: 33
Views: 4526

MrMiyagi wrote:The student loan industry is the next bubble to burst...although a lot of loans got sold to the Dept of Ed a few years ago so maybe not?

Any ideas on how to profit for if/when a bubble bursts? :P


Short Sallie Mae.
by zombie_lawyer
Wed Aug 03, 2011 10:22 am
 
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Changes to Student Loans from the new Budget bill.
Replies: 14
Views: 2308

More seriously, That's true (painfully true for me). But if you happen to be holding on the day that moody downgrades? Jackpot (well, a mini one at least). OP, another "fun" idea for that $1,000 would be to buy a structured note. Many of these notes come in $1,000 minimum denominations no...
by zombie_lawyer
Thu Jul 14, 2011 5:05 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What would you do as a $1,000 "fun" investment?
Replies: 60
Views: 4932

redarmymembe wrote:More seriously,
TMV - Direxion Daily 30-Yr Trsry Bear 3X Shrs might be a good gamble.


Those leveraged ETFs generally shouldn't be held for more than a day (they don't track a benchmark beyond that) so if OP is looking for a buy and hold I'd recommend something else.
by zombie_lawyer
Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:53 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What would you do as a $1,000 "fun" investment?
Replies: 60
Views: 4932

I'd go to the casino 8-)
by zombie_lawyer
Thu Jul 14, 2011 4:42 pm
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: What would you do as a $1,000 "fun" investment?
Replies: 60
Views: 4932

I don't say bless you (or anything else) if someone sneezes, nor do I care whether anyone says it when I sneeze. It all seems so arbitrary, I don't see the point of it, plus I'm an atheist... But anyway, if I feel that my sneeze was disruptive, I'll say excuse me after I do it. If someone does say s...
by zombie_lawyer
Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:10 pm
 
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it considered rude not to say "bless you"?
Replies: 47
Views: 4198

OP, the other posters have provided sage advice. Regarding HY bonds, I'll reiterate the sentiment of others and recommend against them. A key role played by one's bond allocation should be to buttress one's equities during downturns (it's extremely valuable to have that store of value with which to ...
by zombie_lawyer
Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:48 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Concerned with adding bonds to my portfolio
Replies: 11
Views: 3154

I'll echo the sentiment of the other posters. None of those options would provide good safe-havens in the event of a US gov't default. And, in any event, if there was a safe haven, assuming that the market is efficient, it has processed everything you know about the risk of a US gov't default; so yo...
by zombie_lawyer
Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:40 am
 
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Concerned about US debt obligations, want to shift 401k
Replies: 11
Views: 2245

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