Tuesday, August 21, 2012

TLT Nearing S&P 500 Drawdown

Are bonds always less risky than equities?  If TLT's recent move teaches investors anything the answer should be an emphatic no.  Earlier this year the S&P 500 saw a drawdown (top to bottom loss) of ~10%.  Over the last month TLT, an ETF matching the return of long term US treasuries, has lost nearly the same amount as interest rates have risen.  The moral of the story:  holding duration on the long end of the curve can create equity like returns and equity like volatility.

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