Brinker Comment: The S&P 500 (charts) closed the week at 1,335 in a volatile week of trading. With 25 weeks into the year, we have a total return of 7.1%. That’s not too shabby in a zero interest rate world. During the broadcast, a caller asked if he should lump sum into the stock market, or dollar cost average. Bob said at this point he would be in a dollar cost average position with new money geared toward the stock market. Bob said he would put it in at a pace that is comfortable with you. As a general rule, Bob said he prefers not to chase the market when it is rising, and instead attempt to identify buy points during market weakness like the ones that occurred last fall.
EC: There has been no change in Bob’s bullish outlook and he is on record of late projecting the S&P 500 to reach into the 1500s over the next year.
Kirk Comment: Bob Brinker remains bullish and as of his June Marketimer continues "fully invested" and still believes "the S&P500 Index will reach our target range in the upper-1400s to lower-1500s withing the next 12 months." Bob Brinker has attended what he calls "the church of buy and hold" since March 2003 and thus was fully invested for the last two bear markets. I think it is clear these days he promotes the very aggressive Marketimer newsletter when stocks are up and then promotes the more conservative "fixed income advisor" newsletter when the market is down. For more, read:
INTEREST RATES AND INFLATION
Brinker Comment: Rates remain at or near record lows across the board in the various maturities. The 3-month Treasury Bill is laughable with a yield of just 8 basis points. The 6-month Treasury is yielding just 14 basis points. The 1-year Treasury Note is yielding just 17 basis points. The 2-year Treasury Note is yielding 0.30%. The 5-year Note is yielding 0.75%. The 10-year Note is yielding 1.67% and the 30-year Bond is yielding 2.75%. The problem with these rates is they create an attitude in Washington that the money is free and there is a level of complacency that the money can be borrowed at no cost and as a result we are headed for $16 trillion in national debt. If and when the date comes when interest rates normalize, the interest payments on the national debt will be enormous.
EC: The Treasury is slated to sell another $35 billion in two-year notes on Tuesday; $35 billion in five-year notes on Wednesday and $29 billion in seven-year notes on Thursday.
Brinker Comment: For inflation indexed securities, five year maturities have a negative base rate of 1.0%. So it costs you (the buyer) 1% a year to own one of these while you hope that you will get something back on the inflation side. Right now, the CPI is 1.7% year-over-year, so there is not much inflation. The 10-year TIPS have a negative yield of 0.5%. So you have the same deal there where you sign on for a negative return on the base rate with the hope of making it up on the inflation rate.
EC: See the article, “Treasuries Gain; TIPS Sell at Record Low Yield” at this url: http://tinyurl.com/76nzgxo
Kirk Comment: More useful links:
Kirk Comment: In my newsletters (Kirk's Two Investment Letters), I have VIPSX in the more conservative portfolios and VGSIX in the more aggressive portfolios. I am VERY pleased with the performance of both:
Vanguard Funds YTD Returns as of 06/26/2012
|Name||Symbol||Price as of 06/26/2012||YTD as of|
|GNMA Fund Investor Shares||VFIIX||$11.04||3.00%||1.40%|
|Total Bond Mkt Index Inv||VBMFX||$11.10||1.88%||2.35%|
|Prime Money Mkt Fund||VMMXX||$1.00||0.04%||0.02%|
|Inflation-Protect Sec Inv||VIPSX||$14.65||–0.71%||4.09%|
|REIT Index Fund Inv||VGSIX||$20.89||note||10.21%|
|Total Stock Mkt Idx Inv||VTSMX||$32.80||2.04%||5.75%|
Since 9/30/98 inception, "Kirk's Newsletter Explore Portfolio" is UP 390%
vs. the S&P500 UP only 51% vs. NASDAQ UP only 57% (All through 12/31/11)
(More Info, Testimonials & Portfolio Returns)
Q1 2012 Update: Up 11.3% YTD as of 3/31/12
(remember this 2012 performance is with 1/3 in fixed income!)
Brinker Comment: 10-year quality municipals are yielding 1.9%. Even in the highest tax bracket, that results in just a 3% after-tax return.
EC: Found an article that suggests it might be time to move from a CD Ladder to Municipal Bonds at this url: http://tinyurl.com/86cyoay
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