So much for all the capital gains and extra dividends in December. My total balance in PTTRX as of today is lesser than in the last one or two weeks. Looks like the rapid rise in yields has already eaten our NAV regardless of extra shares in PTTRX.
It depends on whether you are comparing PTTRX to a stock and you are a young buck or if you are depending on monthly dividends for income in the future. If you are the young buck you should not be counting on short term capital gains. On the other hand if you are retired you want as many shares of PTTRX you can lay your hands onto as it is the NUMBER of shares that will determine your monthly dividend in the coming years. So in the case of retirees or the independantly wealthy you could care less about one month or even one quarter's performance so long as your standard of living is not affected. You need to consider all the possible contingencies that investors may be invested in before you start carping about two weeks performance. For example we got a bunch of extra shares in December have you the foresight to understand the implications of those extra shares on increased dividends through the end of 2013. When you figure that one out let us know if you would still be complaining about two weeks of performance. On the other hand you will notice I have moved out of PTTRX for the short haul and into another fund until after the debt ceiling is resolved as I believe PTTRX has more downside risk than it did as of 31 December 2012. But people familiar with my posts know that I move into and out of PTTRX as risk potentials warrant.
I tend to agree and sold all my PTTRX yesterday ( actually the sale will be today). I think I'll park it in VFSTX until things settle down. At least I am unlikely to lose much. I think even an intermediate term bond fund like PTTRX is at risk with the specter of rising rates. Time will tell.
I think the stock mkt has more of a chance to go down because the debt ceiling. Not only that, if the Fed does quit QE early as he hinted on Monday, the mkt will drop again.
So, I'm holding for at least 3 more months or until we know for sure congress has the debt ceiling taken care of and Obama agrees with it.
Exactly ... so S&P500 was up what? And how much did we PTTRX holders beat that by with the only volitility being the NAV going straight up the entire year while paying dividends? Let's now look at the past 10 years! That would make S&P holders CRY.