The question of "Should You Invest in Inflation Indexed Bonds?" depends on your personal situation and the current inflationary environment. If you want to have a low risk investment that will keep up with inflation you might consider investing in inflation indexed bonds. Inflation Indexed Bonds When Inflation Rates are High, you might be worried about what's going to happen to your savings. Inflation series bonds are one option to consider. These unique investments have the ability to fight inflation and protect your savings from total devastation. Types of Inflation Indexed Bonds There are two different types of inflation indexed bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury one is called the … [Read more...]
What are T-Bills?
T-Bills Definition: Treasury bills (aka. T-Bills) are short-term debt obligations that are backed by the US government and which have less than a year’s maturity. They are sold in $1000 denominations and purchases can go up to 5 million. Commonly, T-bills come with 4-week (1 month), 13-week (3 month) or 26-week (six month) maturities. The issuing of T-bills is done by a competitive bidding process where the bids are placed on “discounts from par” which means that unlike in the case of conventional bonds with fixed interest rates, here, it is the bond appreciation that gives the holder his returns. For example, if you buy a T-bill with a 13-week maturity at $9,950. What happens here … [Read more...]
What are Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS)?
As the Government continues to flood the economy with new money via QE1, QE2, Operation Twist and now Twist2, many investors are fearing a massive inflation may be just around the corner. And so they are looking for a sfe haven to protect their investments from the deluge they see coming. Therefore they are turning to Treasury Inflation Protected Securities, or "TIPS". TIPS are considered an extremely low-risk investment as they have Government backing, are protected from the ravages of inflation and are less volatile than bonds and safer than stocks. How Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) Protect Against inflation Over time even small levels of inflation can make a big … [Read more...]