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Inflation vs. Stocks and Bonds

Today’s Chart of the Day comes from S&P Dow Jones Indices.

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45% to 59% Overvalue of Real Estate?

Today’s chart comes from Fortune, which shows the real estate markets that are “overvalued” based on the area's local incomes and construction costs.

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With Bonds All Things Are Equal

Today's Chart of the Day comes from an article in AAII.com (American Association of Individual Investors) and shows the average cumulative global corporate default rate from 1981-2021 in seven year spans.

A common misconception is that the yield you see from a bond portfolio is what you can expect to earn. However, this is a best case scenario as some of the bonds will ultimately default, causing a loss that reduces the yield.

In rough figures, if you take the weighted average default rate of all speculative/junk bonds and assume a 50% loss of principal of those bonds, over seven years this can reduce your total return by 2.9% annually.

The current yield to maturity on speculative/junk bonds is 7.6%. When you add in the historical loss of 2.9%, this reduces the total return to 4.7%, which happens to be the same yield of 4.7% in an investment grade bond with a similar maturity.

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Percentages On-Time

The Chart of the Day comes from Bloomberg. It's not a necessarily a financial chart, but instead shows percentages of on-time flights, and the amount of passengers traveled per airline.

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Requirements to Qualify for an SBA 504 Loan

Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans offer affordable financing to small businesses for financing large equipment or real estate purchases. Because of their low interest rates and long loan terms, this type of small business loan is an ideal option for owners who need to make large purchases. 

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Moving the Goalposts

Today's chart appears in a research paper titled, “Moving the Goalposts? Mutual Fund Benchmark Changes and Performance Manipulation” which was referenced in an article from the Wall Street Journal the week of August 22. The paper denotes that 37% of all actively managed mutual fund managers changed their benchmarks between 2006 and 2018, and two-thirds of these changes made the funds appear to improve their performance.

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Life Expectancy: 77 Years (Depending)

Today's Chart of the Day comes from an article in the Wall Street Journal which shows the life expectancy at birth based on which state you live in. The lowest was Mississippi at 71.9 years, and the highest was Hawaii at 80.7 years. It's nice to see that Florida was on the higher end at 77.5 years.

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Housing Slump

Today’s chart comes from data provided by the Department of Housing and Development (HUD) which shows that the rate of new US home sales per month has fallen 50% from 1,000,000 to 500,00 since the peak in August 2020.

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7 Investment Concepts

Top 7 Investment Concepts by Samuel A. Kiburz:

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Investing 101: Risk and the Possibility of Loss

In the financial planning world, the concept of risk is often used in conversation. Risk has multiple meanings, but the first definition in the Merriam-Webster dictionary is quite simply the “possibility of loss.”

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