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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Barbell strategy

From http://www.investopedia.com

The barbell strategy is an investment strategy that involves purchasing both short-term and long-term bonds and securities but no intermediates (such as in a “laddered” approach).

The thinking behind this strategy is to help you, as an investor, diversify your portfolio and increase the probability of higher returns. The long-term investments will provide the benefit of higher interest rates and increasing value over time. Maintaining some holdings in short-term bonds will provide you with flexibility to take advantage of interest rate changes.

When using this strategy, you’ll want to keep your long-term bonds but be poised to make changes to your short-term investments (buy or sell as needed) if interest rates change. Evaluate your portfolio’s performance and then consider selling and reinvesting your long-term investments when they reach approximately the half-way point to maturity.

A barbell strategy, it uses both ends of the intensity spectrum—with almost nothing in between. 

We should be able to apply this strategy for long-term and short-term stock investing and trading strategy. One end for long-term investing to collect cash flow and the other end for short-term quick capital gain when market presents trading opportunity. In between, we do nothing else but just wait patiently for each end to happen.








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