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Investing Topics: Bonds

Pockets of Opportunity and Cause for Caution

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 12, 2015
We highlight some of the most profitable themes for income-seeking investors in essential-service stocks while sounding a note of caution on the near term.

What’s Working Now

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 10, 2015
The bear market in energy stocks continues. But there are still plenty of ways to lock in above-average yields and build long-term wealth with our favorite essential-services stocks.

Key Themes for the Second Half of 2015

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 12, 2015
The utility sector is a mixed bag right now: Some stocks remain at elevated valuations and look ripe for profit-taking; others look like good buys for opportunistic investors.

Stay Vigilant, Focus on Value

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 7, 2015
The market’s attention has turned to the Federal Reserve once again. But savvy investors will focus on industry- and company-specific drivers to identify outperformers. We explore several key trends for essential-services investors.

More Dividend Cuts to Come in Energy Sector

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2015
There's more pain to come for many high-yielding exploration and production stocks.

The Fed Ends Quantitative Easing: What’s Next for Dividend Stocks?

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 4, 2014
Last week, the Federal Reserve ended its bond-buying program. Here's what this long-awaited policy shift means for dividend-paying stocks.

Bonds: What to Do in a Seller’s Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 17, 2014

The seller's market for bonds favors dividend-paying equities, but investors need to remain disciplined and avoid overpaying for quality.

Closed-End Bond Funds: Proceed with Caution

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 30, 2014

Closed-end bond funds have pulled back over the past 12 months in anticipation of rising interest rates. Investors eyeing these funds' high yields should proceed with caution.

One-Stop Utility Bond Shop

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 3, 2013

Since World War II, no regulated utility has ever failed to make its bondholders whole from disaster. That gives utility bonds a level of safety no other sector can match, particularly after 11 years of systematically cutting debt and operating risk.

Utility bonds’ years of being under-rated may be coming to an end, now that Moody’s is considering a sector-wide upgrade. But for now, they’re under-priced and therefore yield more than debt of equivalent real risk.

Bond Bargains and Booby Traps

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 15, 2013

Utilities and essential services stocks are known for their long-run stability—both all-weather business strength and low share price volatility. But even they pale before the unmatched reliability of utility bonds.

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ABOUT ROGER CONRAD

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