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How do I cash expired coupon bonds in Canada?

Help me, Mifi hivemind! You're my only hope! My Dad died in December 2012. He was a hoarder who often lost track of his money (and other things too). No surprise, he left a rather tangled estate, including twenty uncashed coupon bonds. All are long past maturity; I know that they stopped earning interest as soon as they matured, and probably we won't be able to get the interest, either. But I'd like to get the principal if possible, and I'm having a hard time finding out if they're redeemable at all. [more inside]
posted by jrochest on Jun 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Do I really need both stocks AND bonds in my long-term investments?

I am planning to invest for retirement (35+ years away) in a Roth IRA. I've always been told to have a mix of stocks and bonds in any portfolio, starting at about a 90/10 split for someone my age. Considering that I'm not going to touch this money for a very long time, wouldn't I be better off just putting my money into some low expense ratio index funds and skipping the bonds altogether? This seems to fly in the face of every investment advice I've ever seen, but I don't understand why. [more inside]
posted by wondercow on Nov 23, 2013 - 19 answers

Would it be wise to transfer my 401k to bonds or cash equivalents?

Looking at the market, currently, I have the same sense of foreboding I had in late 2007. If I am operating under the assumption the Dow and other stocks are going to start tumbling over the next 1-2 years, what actions should I be taking to protect my 401k? [more inside]
posted by Bathtub Bobsled on Nov 6, 2013 - 29 answers

Advice for first time investor

Changes in my career over the last couple of years have meant that I now find myself, for the first time, being in the position of having a significant amount of spare income at my disposal. Since I have recently entered my forties I plan to invest this in the financial markets, with a initial 15-20 year timescale in mind. I am looking at investing something like $1000 per month into a managed plan split over several funds. Given that I am a total newbie when it comes to investing, what advice can people give me on splitting my pot of money across low to high risk? What are classic first-time investor mistakes? I am currently thinking about something like 90% of my investment split across low to medium risk, with the rest reserved for high risk. Does that sound reasonable? Would I be shooting myself in the foot if all of my pots were in the same currency in the same geographic location or should I diversify as much as possible? [more inside]
posted by teselecta on Sep 16, 2013 - 8 answers

How long should you hold long-term muni bonds?

How long will it take for medium/long-term municipal bonds to recover from inevitably increasing interest rates? For instance, taking into account the interest payments what is the timeframe necessary to hold longer term municipal bonds before you break even from increasing interest rates? Relatives of mine are invested in FHIGX and I know that as rates increase the face value of their bond portfolio will decrease but when is the expected break-even based on a historical average of say 5% short-term rates? Thank you for your help with this question.
posted by gibbsjd77 on Jul 18, 2013 - 10 answers

Retiring Early and Yes I am Lazy!

I am 28, have a $60,000 a year job in Accounting and expect to be making close to $100,000 in seven years (after that, raises more uncertain). I want to retire some time in my early to mid 40s. I have a wife who is 34 and works as a retail manager (making about $40,000 a year). I am planning on living off of 20% of our after tax income (excluding mortgage payments). We currently do not have a mortgage but are planning on a house soon. We would like to travel at will and have the (option) of not working ever again. We also do not mind retiring in a cheaper location (Costa Rica, etc) to save on costs. What investment vehicles should I be considering given that I am retiring early? What kind of jobs that are part time could a retiree easily perform? How much money should be going in employee 401k type programs vs. individual investment options and IRA contributions. [more inside]
posted by locussst on May 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Please help me understand airport bonds.

What are some great resources for the beginner, either online or in print, that will help me to understand how airport bonds work? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Apr 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Who is the best "buy and hold" online brokerage (and what should I buy)?

My wife and I are going to dip our toes in the stock market. For the foreseeable future, I see us doing nothing other than buying (hopefully) reliable dividend-paying stock and holding it for the long- long-term (like 30 years or more potentially). We won't be doing options or even active trading other than occasional additional purchases. Who of the cheap online brokerages should we use? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Mar 13, 2013 - 14 answers

Government of Mexico's Disaster Risk Management Strategy

I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have information on how the Government of Mexico was able to convince it's citizens that investing in disaster risk management (DRM) insurance/cat bond schemes was worthy of their tax money? [more inside]
posted by msk1985 on Mar 8, 2013 - 2 answers

What specific kind of financial investing would give the greatest return based on a $2,500,000 investment? Stocks, bonds, mutual fund, etc?

What specific kind of financial investing would give the greatest return based on a $2,500,000 investment? Stocks, bonds, mutual fund, etc? [more inside]
posted by lorebella on Jul 31, 2012 - 22 answers

Savings Bonds?

Savings Bonds Filter: Which bonds should I sell or continue to sit on? Picture inside. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Jun 20, 2012 - 5 answers

What about I-bonds?

I'm looking to get a better return on part of my emergency savings fund, and I am interested in I-bonds. Have you purchased any, and if so, what was your experience? I'm also interested in hearing about other suitable investments. [more inside]
posted by hobbes103 on Jun 12, 2012 - 7 answers

Is it a good idea to invest using a Roth IRA on the exemption borderline?

I have a lot of questions about Roth IRAs and being on the exemption borderline. [more inside]
posted by Talez on Feb 12, 2012 - 15 answers

Greek Bonds

Greek Bonds: 30.03.12 They have a nominal value of 1000 euros but trade at 39 euros? How does buying bonds work, and why cant I buy just one for 39 euros? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Jan 30, 2012 - 6 answers

US Treasury Bond, Silver, Gold or What?

I just became an uncle (Yay!) and I want to get my nephew a gift to help him start saving. My first inclination was to get him a US Treasury Bond, but I was wondering: Is buying an equivalent amount in gold or silver a better long term (30 plus years) investment?
posted by cuando on Dec 29, 2011 - 9 answers

How to best buy bonds for a retirement portfolio?

How do I pick bonds for the bonds portion of a retirement portfolio? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Oct 6, 2011 - 10 answers

What's the glue that makes people stick?

What's the glue that makes people stick? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2011 - 28 answers

What to buy for a 25-year portfolio other than securities and index funds which contain them if there is a large dip or crash next week?

What to buy for a 25-year portfolio other than securities and index funds which contain them if there is a large dip or crash next week? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2011 - 9 answers

What to do to protect myself in the event of a US default.

I'm not saying that I think the US will default in 10 days, but I am nervous enough to start thinking about covering my butt. I have some money socked away. Its not much, but its something, and I would really love for it all not to somehow evaporate. [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Jul 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Just for Funsies ...

Let's say the Congress and the President are unable to reach a deal on raising the debt limit by August 4th. And let's just say, among the things that happen is that buyers of U.S. Treasury notes, bonds, Tbills, etc. on the August 15th Treasury sale demand a much higher interest rate to compensate for the fact that the "full faith and credit of the U.S." has been tarnished. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jul 5, 2011 - 5 answers

How can I use my money to make money?

How can I use my money to make even more money? Investments? Stocks? Bonds? Mutual funds? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on May 17, 2011 - 13 answers

Ze Bonds

Can anyone tell me where I can cash some U.S. EE savings bonds in Paris, France? [more inside]
posted by Paris Elk on Apr 12, 2011 - 8 answers

I need a clarification regarding bonds and rents

Yesterday, Mike Konczal (rortybomb) wrote the following, "The graduating class of 2011 will enter a brutal job market that will hurt its ability to be rewarded for its labor, and thus lead a full life, for at least a decade. A note to these graduates: take comfort that you must “endure” this suffering in order to placate invisible bond vigilantes and protect rentier income." What is the rentier income he is talking about? Is he saying that bond holders, generally, are rentiers?
posted by Hypnotic Chick on Jan 28, 2011 - 14 answers

Relative bond energies of common organic bonds

Looking for a chart or table that broadly summarizes/compares the relative bond energies of the most common intramolecular bonds found in organic molecules (think single and double bonds among C, H, O, N, and maybe S too). [more inside]
posted by killdevil on May 25, 2010 - 2 answers

Advice for investing in my babys future!!

Advice on investing in my baby's future...... [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Feb 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Bonds and College

How should I handle US Savings Bonds? My husband has a payroll deduction plan for buying savings bonds, and he enrolled years ago as a way to supplement the rather meager pension plan. This has worked well for us because we are really bad at putting money away by ourselves. The bonds are earmarked for retirement, and that's the way he wants to keep it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I buy Australian Government Bonds within Canada?

How do I buy Australian Government Bonds within Canada? [more inside]
posted by Fuzzy Monster on Jan 11, 2010 - 8 answers

Ghost-ridin' da bond market

City of Oakland, California, municipal bonds. How can I buy them? Good/bad idea? [more inside]
posted by Mountain Goatse on Jun 19, 2009 - 7 answers

How should I invest in mutual funds?

For investing small amounts every month, is a S&P 500 index fund or a tax-free bond fund more beneficial? [more inside]
posted by stevechemist on May 13, 2009 - 11 answers

How risky are bond mutual funds?

How risky are bond mutual funds? [more inside]
posted by david1230 on May 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Fire-and-Forget Investment Advice

Seeking fire-and-forget asset class investment advice for retirement: TIPS? Global Equities Index/Wilshire 5000? I know this is mildly controversial, but it seems like the 'common sense' approach has changed lately from "stocks for the long run" to "risk = loss." See especially here. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Mar 26, 2009 - 7 answers

Neither a borrower nor a lender be...

Speak to me of deficits. If a country goes into deficit by selling bonds to other countries' foreign banks, is that debt ever used as a geopolitical bargaining chip? Why/why not? [more inside]
posted by [ixia] on Feb 5, 2009 - 11 answers

Help with Money

Two years ago, when the DJIA was at 11,200, I thought the market was approaching its peak, and I moved money from an index stock fund to government bonds. For the next two years, I kicked myself as the market hit 14,000. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Oct 12, 2008 - 15 answers

Questions about a Bond investment. (And did I get screwed?)

In June 2007, I bought a 5-year bond with a 6.5% coupon on the day it was issued. I understand how bond prices rise and fall, generally as a result of interest rates and confidence that the bond issuer will be able to repay the debt. However, I have a few nagging questions about this investment... [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker on Sep 13, 2008 - 4 answers

Where do you put money for baby?

So, we just had a baby and grandmothers keep coming up to us and handing us checks for $50 and saying "This is so you can buy a savings bond for the baby." However, I would like to hear about alternative saving/investing ideas for my daughter. [more inside]
posted by ND¢ on Jul 28, 2008 - 18 answers

Why invest in treasuries?

What's the advantage of treasuries over savings accounts? [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Jun 25, 2008 - 11 answers

Is an index fund really a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

InvestingFilter: Is there anything inherently flawed about investing in index funds? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 18, 2008 - 24 answers

Trying to Buy Low so I can Sell High

Please to give ideas on depressed stocks/funds/securities to put some money into during the downturn. [more inside]
posted by SlyBevel on May 12, 2008 - 14 answers

Should I renew my Barron's subscription?

Please suggest publications or online resources you like for the purpose of monitoring the direction of financial markets. [more inside]
posted by beagle on May 7, 2008 - 2 answers

original cost/adjusted basis for a bond

Strips-Tint-US Treasury (bonds)... I need to know the original cost/adjusted basis for reference number: XXXXXXXXX and XXXXXXXXX. What is my tax person asking? How do I get this info? Google has failed me.
posted by zeek321 on Apr 11, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me understand US Treasury securities.

Help me understand US Treasury securities. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Apr 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Should I Help Bail My Nearly Homeless Neighbor

My neighbor's husband is currently holed up at Riker's while his people are scraping bail money together... She's almost there and they both have asked me to cosign the bail bond or whatever it is... [more inside]
posted by eedele on Jan 22, 2008 - 25 answers

Where to buy models of molecules?

What is a bricks-and-mortar store at which I could buy a set of model elements / bonds - the molecule model things that students use as they are learning organic chemistry? [more inside]
posted by Chanther on Jan 7, 2008 - 14 answers

how do I short sell a bond?

Can I short sell a bond? [more inside]
posted by amsterdam63 on Dec 5, 2007 - 5 answers

How can you maintain your NASD licenses once leaving your firm?

NASD licenses (specifically series 7 & 63) requires company sponsorship to obtain. Once obtained, you need company sponsorship to maintain the licenses. Is there a company who will maintain your licenses for you while you are not working in the financial industry? Perhaps for a fee on top of the annual registration costs? I believe you have two years from separation with your employer to obtain a new sponsor.
posted by lawstudent09 on Oct 6, 2007 - 5 answers

Don't cry for me, just help me write about Argentine bond trading

Does this (fictional) international finance scenario I'm writing make sense? If not, how can I tweak it so it's more accurate? (Bond traders, investment bankers, or economy-buffs, feel free to chip in!) [more inside]
posted by np312 on Oct 3, 2007 - 8 answers

Very Specific Character's Job Title?

Help me ascertain the correct job title for a character I’m writing who deals in high stakes international finance. Difficulty level: I have a limited understanding about stocks, bonds, or securities. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Sep 14, 2007 - 8 answers

How best to invest money for my kids

My daughters regularly get US Savings Bonds from relatives as presents. Can I do better for them? [more inside]
posted by mcstayinskool on May 24, 2007 - 11 answers

Could I screw myself with my own money?

I've got $20,000 coming to me, and this may possibly be a bad thing. Mature Bonds vs. Charity filter... [more inside]
posted by josingsinthehall on Nov 28, 2006 - 9 answers

Searching for low risk, high yield, low timeframe investments.

I'm trying to get some decent, low risk investment income in the short term, as I am in a state where I may need access to my funds as early as 6 months to a year from now. Where should I put my money? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Sep 21, 2006 - 10 answers

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