Credit Ratings

  • 28 Dec
    Swimming Naked?

    Swimming Naked?

    • The rising tide has really lifted all boats, but it’s extremely important to dive deeper and see who is swimming naked.
    • This will allow you to protect yourself from extreme downside and to potentially also earn something with some cheap hedges.
    • There are companies with no organic growth that have price to earnings ratios of 500…



    Introduction

    It will soon be nine years that we have been enjoying a rising economic tide. Economic policies around the world are still accommodative, and corporations really don’t have difficulties in finding financing.

    However, if you have been through economic kindergarten, you know that the only thing sure in economics is cyclicality. Therefore, it’s important to see who will be swimming naked when the tide shifts, how to be protected from such a possibility, and perhaps even how to take advantage of it. More →

  • 02 Sep
    Bonds, Ratings and Yields, Oh My…

    Bonds, Ratings and Yields, Oh My…

    • Credit ratings are very subjective and should therefore be taken with a grain of salt.
    • Junk bond yields have been declining since January, but their volatility represents a huge risk.
    • Be careful with international bonds as you might be exposed to greater risk for lower yields.

    Introduction

    Last week we discussed how dangerous common retirement advice can be. Currently, One of the biggest risks comes from the low yields on bonds because any kind of interest rate increases would immediately lower bond values which might have a severe impact on your retirement. But as there are many types of bonds, today we are going to discuss and compare the various yields and the risks involved within bond investing. More →