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Friday, January 4, 2008

TIPS Rates Too Low

"I just wait until there is money lying in the corner, and all I have to do is go over there and pick it up. I do nothing in the meantime."
- Jim Rogers


In June of 2007, I posted an article describing why TIPS rates were very attractive at the time. How things change in seven months! Back then we had a rate of about 2.7% to 2.8% (plus inflation) across almost the entire yield curve. Now the entire curve is well below 2% and the short end is below 1%.

The total return on 10-year TIPS has been about 11% or 12% since last June. To me, this figure represents the excess over typical bond returns that I originally hoped to achieve over several years by entering at an attractive price. Looking to exit here...

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Most Viewed Posts Of 2007

"Popularity, next to virtue and wisdom, ought to be aimed at..."
- John Adams

According to Google Analytics, the following are the most viewed pages for this site during 2007. Thank you for reading!

  1. Retire At 45 [main page] (7,085 views)
  2. Financial Autopilot (5,422 views)
  3. Early Retirement and Social Security (590 views)
  4. Roth IRA Conversions as a Tax Timing Tool (275 views)
  5. Why I Won't Need 80% (218 views)
  6. My Mutual Fund Holdings (207 views)
  7. The Record Thus Far (149 views)
  8. Mental Accounting Errors (144 views)
  9. Detailed Social Security Calculations (119 views)
  10. Reframing The Question (95 views)