Bonds, unfortunately, are nowhere near as exciting as the actual 007. Or at least, they’re not supposed to be. Maybe a Roger Moore 007 though, those were all pretty boring. A bond is an IOU - a promise to give your money back in the future with periodic fixed interest payments in the meantime. They used to be issued as actual certificates, with little coupons that you would clip off every six months and turn in to receive your interest payment, but alas, those days are gone.
So, if you get your money back (let’s call that amount “100”) at some point in the future and in the meantime are collecting interest payments, how much is that bond worth? 100? 102? 96?
If you’ve never spent a Sunday watching Antiques Roadshow on PBS, your life is missing something. Especially the British version of Antiques Roadshow. The gist of the show is that a bunch of appraisers travel around and set up shop in various small towns here and there, and then people bring all of the stuff that has been lying around their attic for the last 25 years to see if it’s worth anything.
It has even spawned its own hilarious meme. At its core, Antiques Roadshow works for two reasons: one, it’s a big play-along treasure hunt so that everybody can be a couch Ray Dalio (fun fact: not only does Ray Dalio run the world's largest hedge fund, his submarine just found a $17B shipwreck treasure); two, it answers the age-old question of “that’s worth how much?” that has also fueled such long-running classics as The Price is Right and House Hunters.
In this month’s note, we are going to try and answer the question of “that’s worth how much?” with regard to stocks and bonds, a long running soap opera that’s on from 9:30am to 4pm daily (weekdays, anyway. That aren’t federal holidays.)
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