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Ken Roberts

‘Death puts’ — aka, the ‘survivor’s option’

Originally published on the Tahoe Daily Tribune’s website, http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/opinion/15501217-113/tahoe-truckee-market-beat-death-puts-aka-the-survivors-option Record-low interest rates over the last few years have made it a difficult time for fixed income investors. In a normal interest rate environment, a conservative income investor with $1 million to invest could expect to receive an income of $45,000 to $50,000 per year by investing in benchmark 10-year US Treasury bonds. Today, the 10-year Treasury is yielding about 2 …Read More

What is up with the Yield Curve?

Originally published on Tahoe Daily Tribune’s website http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/opinion/15174122-113/tahoe-truckee-market-beat-what-is-up-with-the-yield-curve The Yield Curve walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Hey, you’re really getting into shape!” The Yield Curve replies, “Yep. I believe the Expectations Hypothesis is working on my slope!” The bartender inquires, “Are you sure?” To which the yield curve responds, “I’m positive.” I can’t take credit for that joke; it was written by BYU economics professor Richard W. Evans. …Read More