Throughout the 1990s, mutual funds were marketed to individual investors with stellar ten and fifteen year track records made possible by the record bull market of the 1980s and 1990s. While there were a few notable interruptions, with the 1987 crash being the most obvious, most individual investors learned to “buy the dips” throughout this period. Most large capitalization companies made significant advances in earnings during these years but the expansion in earnings multiples had the effect of turbo charging returns to investors. Of course, this all culminated in the bubble of the late 1990s, but small investors remained optimistic for some time, having been trained to buy the dips for so long. Read this article for more on why investors cannot expect to hide from equity market volatility in fixed income securities, at least not without taking on other types of risk.
The Bureau of the Public Debt has announced an earnings rate of 0% for Series I Bonds issued between May 1, 2009 and October 31, 2009. The fixed rate (also known as the real return) of new Series I Bonds