There is a popular notion held, and spread, by commentators and advisors…
Stocks outperform bonds over the long run.
There is only one issue with this assumption; it may not be entirely accurate.
“…according to research by Ibbotson Associates, as reported in “USA Today” last year, bonds actually outperformed stocks over the past 30 years. Ibbotson’s bond index, comprised of a broad cross section of bonds, returned 11.03% per year on average over the previous 30 years, compared with a 10.98% return for the S&P 500 during the same period,” according to James A. Klotz, FMSbonds, Inc. President.
Our friends over at FMSbonds, Inc. discuss this matter in more detail. For more of the story, head over to the FMSbonds website.
We tend to consult with our friends over at FMSbonds, Inc. quite a bit here at KriKnows. Not only are they knowledgeable in municipal bonds, but their opinions are often interesting — at least to us.
Last month, James A. Klotz of FMSbonds took a look back to Meredith Whitney’s “infamous predictions of massive muni defaults” from a few years ago.
“’I expect multiple municipal defaults to trigger indiscriminate selling, which will prompt a federal response,’” Whitney wrote in a Nov. 3, 2010, Wall Street Journal op-ed piece.
Of course, Whitney’s prediction wasn’t entirely accurate.
“The selling did happen, of course. But investors who heeded her forecast sacrificed billions of dollars when prices rebounded. The defaults never happened, the federal government never got involved—in fact, prices soared as yields on municipal bonds tumbled to historic lows,” writes Klotz.
Klotz goes on to explain Whitney’s backlash a bit more in depth. Head over to the FMSbonds website to read on.
In today’s economy, there are constantly new market predictions virtually on a day-to-day basis. So, what is the next hot topic?
James A. Klotz of FMS Bonds, Inc. discusses “The Great Rotation” of investment dollars from bonds into stocks in 2013.
“The theory, as espoused by Bank of America, among many others, posits that persistent market volatility in the last decade, which prompted investors to seek refuge in the bond market and cash investments, would give way this year to more sustained growth in most economies.” writes Klotz.
“Moves by governments to address deficit spending along with a rise in consumer confidence will ultimately lead to a massive flow of investment dollars into equity funds from the safe haven of bonds.”
Head over to the FMS Bonds, Inc. website to read more on this coming rotation.