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But as Buffett says, you should never own debt in a company you wouldn’t be willing to hold the equity of.
So going down the bond route doesn’t mean you have less security analysis work to do, it just means you are accepting a slightly different risk/reward ratio, you still have to have a good understanding of the business, unless you are going for a diversified etf type shot gun approach to your bond portfolio.
I thought I'd never see the day that RBA would surpass the US interest rate cuts in race to the bottom to see who could get to zero first. Testing times ahead... I think even the most conservative of investors would be fed up of getting nothing on their cash. Just wandering if there are other safe assets that can provide a good yield without the volatility of shares. If it could stay flat or go up in recessions that would be a bonus. The reason for asking is I'm not sure how secure the 250k bank deposit guarantee is, so I am happy to spread my bank cash into different safe asset classes in case the Govt don't honour it in a banking crisis type scenario.
In my opinion, it is safer than low interest government backed deposits, which are guaranteed to lose over time due to taxes and inflation.
Buffetts number one rule is “don’t lose money” and that has become a cliche that is thrown around, in my opinion it is a very miss understood quote.
It leads people astray because they think they should be avoiding risk, when in reality it means preserve and grow your buying power.
In today’s climate, it’s impossible to preserve your buying power using government backed deposits, and silly to think you can grow your buying power using them.
You must take on some risk to achieve a satisfactory return, the key is to build a portfolio of assets, with varying attributes that as a group provide as steady return of growth and income through the cycle.
I believe platforms like rate setter can be part of such a balanced portfolio,
Yes property prices can fluctuate, but so do bond prices.
Over time a good piece of debt free real estate will provide regular income over and above its outgoings, that will grow with inflation over time, and more than likely out perform any government bond at today’s rates.
The civilized version of holding property is via a REIT. They're mostly office, warehouse, and retail, they're not really a drop in replacement for residential property. And REITs did badly in 2008. Mind you, physical property in the US did terribly in 2008. But I feel that REITs are more aligned with the share market than physical residential, so I don't know how much diversification they really add.
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