30-year Bonds, Then & Now

A financial Rip Van Winkle who awoke from a 30 year sleep this Fall would be suffering from vertigo, for a variety of reasons.

Reason #1:  the 30-year U.S. Bond they purchased in Fall, 1981 would have just matured.

Instead of collecting a risk-free 15% the last 30 years — perhaps the all-time best investment in the history of fixed income — they would be getting their principal back in an era when the equivalent bond now yields something like 3%. 

And the financial strength of the U.S. government backing it is a lot more questionable (back then, the issue was inflation).

It’s a high quality problem to have, no question, but figuring out where to profitably stash your savings is a real conundrum these days.

P.S.:  Imagine what the purchaser of today’s 30 year bond will confront in  . . . 2041!

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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