|Bid||113.25 x 3200|
|Ask||114.79 x 1100|
|Day's Range||113.76 - 113.89|
|52 Week Range||107.53 - 113.89|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.88|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.19%|
It's a question that has nagged at investors for as long as both asset categories have existed … are stocks the way to go, or bonds? If both, how much of either belong in a portfolio?The answer to the "stocks vs bonds" debate is, of course, one that depends on a myriad of factors unique to each and every investors. On a pound-for-pound, dollar-for-dollar basis though, stocks are the superior option for most investors, most of the time. They're not as safe or stable as bonds when you're talking about one specific equity. For a smart, long-term investor who knows how to build a diversified portfolio though, stocks just make more sense. Bulletproof? No, they're not. They can certainly take their lumps and keep on tickin' though.With that as the backdrop, here are five specific reasons stocks win the battle of stocks vs bonds. In no particular order…InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Income GrowthYes, bonds offer hyper-reliable income flow. While bond issuers can and sometimes do default on their payouts, that's a rarity. Meanwhile, it's not terribly uncommon for a company to reduce or altogether cancel their dividend, even if on a temporary basis. * 10 Names That Are Screaming Stocks to Buy There's a flipside to that risk/reward coin though. With a bond, the semi-annual payment is fixed for the duration of that debt. With a dividend-paying stock, the payout usually grows in time. Walmart (NYSE:WMT), for instance, has upped its dividend for 45 straight years now, while NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE) has done the same for 24 consecutive years. Different CycleFor veteran investors who've owned both stocks and bonds through at least a couple of different economic cycles, they'll know that bonds often do well in some environments that bode poorly for stocks, while bonds tend to do poorly while stocks are thriving. Namely, rising rates -- as we've seen of late -- have pressured the bond market lower, but the corresponding inflation has coincided with solid growth from equities, since economic growth itself is generally what fuels inflation.It might take a bit of timing intuition to make good on the nuance, but savvy investors know that sooner or later, every asset will face a headwind and enjoy a tailwind, but will do so at different times. Stocks Usually Beat InflationIt has been a mostly ignored secret of late, but not only have bonds lost value of late as interest rates have risen, most interest payments from bonds haven't kept up with inflation.This year's average annualized inflation rate stands at 2.8%, though effectively speaking, the cost of goods seems to have grown a bit more than that. Meanwhile, the average yield on 30-year Treasuries is barely a bit higher, at 2.97%… and that's a long commitment. Less-committal 5-year paper is only paying 2.75%, which means in the end, holders of that debt are only breaking even relative to inflation.Yes, inflation-protected instruments like the iShares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund (NYSEARCA:TIP) can help fight the adverse impact of inflation on debt-based interest payments. Its upward adjustment is always backwards-looking though, and never quite seems to keep up with the full pace of price increases. More Price TransparencyTo be fair, technology has come a long way, bringing bond trading via the web on par with the amount of information that stock traders have enjoyed for years now. Yet, in that the bond market just isn't as brisk or as big as the equity market is, bond prices (or bond liquidity, for that matter) aren't always perfectly clear.It's still a far cry from days gone by, when it took a phone call and several minutes, as a brokerage firm had to literally contact someone at a trading desk to make a purchase or sale. Nevertheless, the bond market remains a bit slow, and frustrating, to navigate. Better Long-Term Bottom LineLast but not least -- and perhaps a culmination of all four of the other advantages of stocks compared to bonds -- they just to better in the long run.Ask ten different experts what the average annual performance for stocks is, and you'll likely get ten different answers. Almost all of the answers, though, will be somewhere between 8% and 11%. Not so with bonds. Their average annual return is more like 5% to 6%.Granted, it takes time and patience to secure those kinds of results … time not all investors are readily willing and able to give. For the truly long-term-minded investor, though, that can ride out the rough patches, stocks simply do better. The Last Word on Stocks vs. BondsNone of this is to suggest all investors should always and only own stocks. It's also not to say bonds are to be avoided at all costs. A balanced approach has been and continues to be the smart-money move in all cases.Do keep in mind, however, for some investors there's a tendency to seek out a little too much certainty and current reliability. Considering how long people are living now after they retire from their job -- 30 years in some cases -- the bigger risk these days is outliving your money due to not thinking enough about long-term growth that only stocks can offer.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 6 Stocks to Buy for This Decade's Massive Megatrend * The 7 Best Stocks to Buy From the IPO ETF * 7 Athletic Apparel Stocks With Marathon Pace Compare Brokers The post 5 Reasons to Invest In Stocks Versus Debt appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Gold: Analysts Are Bullish despite Weak Performance in 2019(Continued from Prior Part)JPMorgan ChaseJPMorgan Chase (JPM) thinks that gold prices (GLD) should go higher. Right now, the Fed is patient on rate hikes. JPMorgan Chase thinks that the Fed
Fixed-income ETF investors piled into long-term Treasury bonds and shifted out of Treasury inflation protected securities as inflation concerns abate. Over the past week, the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) was the most popular ETF play, attracting a little over $2.1 billion in net inflows, according to ETFdb data. Meanwhile, the iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP) was among the most hated ETF plays of the past week, experiencing $755 million in outflows.
Do Strong Growth and Weak Inflation Make a Case for a Lower Rate?(Continued from Prior Part)Fed to balance strong growth and muted inflation The Fed is starting its two-day policy meeting tomorrow. While the markets aren’t expecting any changes in
Prices of Treasury-inflation protected securities are climbing as some bond investors brace for an inflation comeback.
Fed’s Dovish Stance Surprised Jeffrey Gundlach(Continued from Prior Part)Gundlach on the Fed’s rate hike outlook Jeffrey Gundlach mentioned that while he predicted that the Fed would go down from two expected hikes in 2019 to 0.5 hikes, the Fed
Why Jeffrey Gundlach Thinks We're Still in a Bear Market(Continued from Prior Part)A “crackpot” ideaJeffrey Gundlach is very concerned about the increasing debt in the US economy. During the “Highway to Hell” webcast, he also completely
What Are Markets Expecting from Fed’s Policy Meeting?(Continued from Prior Part)Fed’s inflation targetThe Federal Reserve’s two main objectives are stabilizing prices and maximizing employment. The Fed’s inflation target has been 2% for a
In an effort to protect portfolios against inflation, investors frequently turn to TIPS, or Treasury Inflation Protected Securities. These specialty Treasury bonds function by carrying an embedded link ...
Buffett versus Dalio on Gold: Whose Advice Should You Take?(Continued from Prior Part)Fed to let inflation overshoot target? The Federal Reserve has two main objectives: price stability and maximizing employment. Its inflation objective has been 2%
Buffett versus Dalio on Gold: Whose Advice Should You Take?(Continued from Prior Part)Buffett and Dalio on stock advice When it comes to investing in stocks, Berkshire Hathway’s (BRK.A) chair, Warren Buffett, and Bridgewater’s founder, Ray Dalio,
BAML Survey: Fund Managers Aren't Optimistic about Recent Rally(Continued from Prior Part)Bearish despite rally As we saw in the previous part of this series, fund managers are rotating out of equities into bonds and cash. This typically bearish
January’s Jobs Report: Analysts' Expectations(Continued from Prior Part)Fed watching jobs report closely Fed policymakers are watching the job data closely. The data give the Fed insight as to whether the US economy (SPY) (IVV) is strong enough to
January’s Jobs Report: Analysts' Expectations(Continued from Prior Part)Wage growth in JanuaryWage growth will likely be the most closely watched component of the US (VOO) jobs report. While the other components of the jobs report have shown a
Each day, Benzinga takes a look back at a notable market-related moment that happened on this date. What Happened? On this day in 1997, the U.S. Treasury introduced the first Treasury Inflation-Protected ...
Fed policymakers are watching job data closely, as the data gives the Fed insight as to whether the US economy (SPY) (IVV) is strong enough to withstand interest rate hikes. The Fed raised interest rates four times last year and signaled two more hikes in 2019, which is in contrast to the market’s expectation of no hike. The Fed has remained very positive on the tight labor market and has maintained that increasing rates should keep inflation in check.
Wage growth will likely be the most closely watched component of the US (VOO) jobs report. While the other components of the jobs report have shown a firm labor market, wage growth has been a missing piece for a while. While wage growth had disappointed market participants for the last few months, November’s wage growth was more or less in-line with expectations.
A major factor weighing on gold prices this year was the Fed’s tightening cycle. Since the Fed started the current rate hike (BND) cycle in December 2015, it has hiked rates nine times, with the latest hike in December. If inflation (TIP) remains under control in 2019, the Fed is not expected to move much.
Another concerning statistic that came to light during the Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Fund Manager Survey was that investors made the largest ever one-month rotation into bonds (BND). As reported by CNBC, the survey said, “Investors are approaching extreme bearishness…This month’s survey [found] the biggest ever one-month rotation into the asset class.” The bond allocations rose 23 percentage points to net 35% underweight, the highest allocation to bonds since the Brexit vote in June 2016. The allocation to bonds also rose amid a drop in inflation expectations.
According to CNBC, Goldman Sachs (GS) analyst David Kostin released a research note on December 14, in which he said, “Investors should increase their defensiveness given our forecast for heightened risk and fat tails.” The bank’s conviction for the markets next year is mixed and the firm advises clients to protect themselves by owning “high quality” stocks. GS also believes that a lot of the movements in the markets in 2019 will depend on investor perception of the longevity of the current economic expansion. To be in a late cycle of economic expansion typically means growth slowing down and margins contracting, accompanied by higher inflation (TIP) and volatility (VIX).
Could Market Risks Bring Investors Back to Gold in 2019? The Federal Reserve Committee plans to meet for the last time in 2018 on December 18–19. The committee is widely expected to raise interest rates (TLT) by 25 basis points, marking the fourth hike this year.
The US jobs report for November was released today. The job additions came in at 155,000 as compared to consensus expectations of 198,000. While job additions in manufacturing remained strong at 27,000, construction net adds declined to 5,000.
Fed policymakers are watching job data closely, as it gives them insight as to whether the US economy (SPY) (IVV) is strong enough to withstand interest rates hikes. The Fed has already raised interest rates three times this year. The Fed is expecting one more hike in December.