Although there is less interest rate risk in purchasing short-term bonds/bond funds, the returns on those investments do not keep pace with inflation, so I don’t maintain a very high percentage of short-term bonds in my bond portfolio except when I know I will be using those funds for immediate expenses. In many of my articles I have recommended a balanced portfolio, consisting of both common stocks and bonds, especially in or near retirement. In retirement, I have maintained a 50-50 ratio of stocks to bonds, in order to avoid significant fall in portfolio value during a bear market in stocks. Bond investors have many options. When the Federal Reserve raises interest rates, frequently the value of long-term bonds will fall significantly. At such times, I adjust my portfolio so that a significant part of my bonds is not long-term , but in intermediate- and short-term . I prefer investing in mutual funds or exchange-traded funds (ETFs) rather than individual bonds. That way, I … [Read more...] about Pros and cons of short-term bonds
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The Switch Data Sector houses rows of multicabinet heat containment chimney pods that channel computer generated heat up and out of the data center at the Switch Core Campus in Las Vegas on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Vegas88s Las Vegas data center services company Switch has seen its stock fall about 26 percent since it missed earnings expectations Monday and about 37 percent since going public in October. The stock went from $14.32 a share Monday morning to $10.66 Wednesday morning. Switch had raised about $530 million from its October initial public offering, $17 a share. The company’s performance has some on Wall Street questioning the short-term investment value of the company. In the company’s second quarter earnings call Monday, Switch President Thomas Morton blamed the earnings miss on a delay in pay from Switch customers because it is taking longer than expected to move clients onto Switch services. Some clients need help with … [Read more...] about Wall Street questioning short-term investment value of Switch
Four of New Orleans City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer's constituents have filed a state ethics complaint against her alleging that she had a conflict of interest in authoring and approving temporary short-term rental regulations in May. The rules mostly affect people who rent out homes that aren't owner-occupied in the city's historic residential neighborhoods. Palmer has signaled the council would act on similar permanent regulations, a move that instantly made her the face of what appears to be a new war on short-term rentals. But during that May 24 meeting, one short-term rental owner called attention to the fact that Palmer herself had briefly held a short-term rental license for a home she renovated in Algiers Point. Palmer has said she never advertised nor used the home as a short-term rental, and withdrew the license after realizing she would likely have to vote on short-term rental regulations that were a centerpiece of her campaign. She has denied having a conflict of … [Read more...] about Kristin Palmer draws ethics complaint from short-term rental supporters
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View Comments One fee would be used to promote tourism to city; the other would support affordable housing projects. In a unanimous vote, the City Council gave final approval Wednesday morning to a new fee equaling 2 percent of total revenues for short-term rentals. The proceeds would be directed to Travel Portland, a nonprofit that produces media and other promotional campaigns to lure tourists to the city. A D V E R T I S I N G | Continue reading belowThat group pledged to adapt its materials to cater more to travelers interested in staying in short-term rentals, as well as hotels. In addition, the council directed that the 2 percent fee be expanded to include hotels with less than 50 rooms. So-called boutique hotels had been exempted from the fee before, and the council was receptive to testimony from short-term rental hosts that their operations shouldn't be charged more than smaller hotels. The other new fee, which will levy a new $4 nightly charge on each short-term rental, … [Read more...] about Portland adopts two new fees on short-term rentals