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By Andrew Leckey and Andrew Leckey,Tribune Media Services | March 22, 2009
When it comes to the duration of fixed-income investments, many experts advise investors to keep it short. Interest-rate yields are likely to remain stuck at low levels for a while. Once the economy starts to recover, however, inflation can be expected to revive and bring with it higher interest rates. That's why, experts say, you shouldn't lock in today's rates for too long. "Most people feel - and we agree - that at the back end of this recession there will be pressure on interest rates to move higher," said William Hornbarger, fixed-income strategist for Wachovia Securities.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2011
The next time Ana Ferguson and her husband lose power for an extended period, they will be prepared. The Pikesville couple bought a generator after five nights without electricity in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. "We had to do it because we can't rely on BGE to put the lights on and keep the lights on," Ferguson said. While Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. took the brunt of criticism from customers and public officials for its pace of power restoration after the late-August storm, other utilities around the state also have come under fire in recent years for poor customer service, frequent outages and other reliability concerns.
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By DAN BERGER | January 21, 1994
The federal government shut down for the duration. No one noticed.L Baltimore is famous for mild winters. Don't disabuse anyone.Realigned baseball will be as hard to keep track of as hockey standings, and the playoffs will go to basketball season. Tradition!!!
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By Andrew Leckey and Andrew Leckey,Tribune Media Services | March 22, 2009
When it comes to the duration of fixed-income investments, many experts advise investors to keep it short. Interest-rate yields are likely to remain stuck at low levels for a while. Once the economy starts to recover, however, inflation can be expected to revive and bring with it higher interest rates. That's why, experts say, you shouldn't lock in today's rates for too long. "Most people feel - and we agree - that at the back end of this recession there will be pressure on interest rates to move higher," said William Hornbarger, fixed-income strategist for Wachovia Securities.
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June 12, 1998
An article in yesterday's editions of The Sun quoted a spokesman of the Maryland Department of the Environment as saying that smoke from a Clarksville dump fire has created an unhealthy situation. The department stated yesterday that the health effects of the fire cannot be determined unless information on the concentration of the pollutants and duration of people's exposure to them is professionally evaluated.Pub Date: 6/12/98
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By Chris Kelsch and Chris Kelsch,MORNINGSTAR.COM | July 2, 2000
If you are looking to save money for a goal two to five years away, a short-term bond fund could be right for you. Funds in this category invest across a variety of sectors, including Treasuries, corporate bonds, mortgages and Yankee debt (foreign bonds). When I made my picks from this category, I focused on offerings that have performed well in a variety of markets. In addition to funds from familiar shops, you'll find a couple of little-known gems here. * Vanguard Short-Term Bond Index.
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By WERNER RENBERG and WERNER RENBERG,1993 By WERNER RENBERG | October 24, 1993
"When interest rates rise," a Minnesota reader notes, "the net asset value [NAV] of my bond fund's shares will decline."But, won't the decline be offset by the higher interest that the fund pays?"He has a point.Bear it in mind if you own, or plan to buy, shares in bond funds -- especially funds that invest in long-term bonds -- and if you plan to reinvest dividends instead of taking them in cash.Ever since the Consumer Price Index and interest rates began to tumble in 1981 -- when U.S. Treasury long bonds carried coupons of more than 14 percent -- every uptick in the CPI and rates caused investors to worry about declines in prices of bonds.
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By Andrew Leckey | January 30, 2005
Anticipating a jump in interest rates because of an improving economy, many investors took their money out of bond funds a year ago. This seemed logical because new bonds with higher yields diminish the value of existing lower-yielding bonds. But it was the wrong move. It turned out to be a dandy year for investing in bonds. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan took it nice and easy, tightening in small increments to avoid a shock to the system. Because of weak job growth and overall faith in the Fed's ability to effectively control inflation, Treasury yields remained steady, and taxable bond funds averaged a 5 percent total return.
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By Russel Kinnel and Russel Kinnel,MORNINGSTAR.COM | November 25, 2001
A good municipal bond fund might be a worthy addition to your portfolio. But to many investors, munis are a mystery. Instead of valuations, you've got credit ratings. Instead of brand names like Coca-Cola or General Motors, you get sewer bonds from small towns. It's a different world, but it's not too tough if you focus on a few key points. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Stick to high quality. I've written previously about how attractive junk bonds are. However, I wouldn't go into low-quality munis - especially if those were the only muni funds I planned on holding.
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By THEO LIPPMAN JR | June 6, 1994
WANT TO HEAR 14 reasons why we won WW II (the Big One)? Listen to Rosemary Clooney's CD, "For the Duration."She sings some of the songs that Americans sang back then -- songs that bathed wartime in a rosy glow that hid the grim and bloody reality of such events as D-Day. No pun on Rosemary. I mean "rosy" in the sense of optimism and romance.That's true not only of such ballads as "I Don't Want To Walk Without You, Baby"; "These Foolish Things Remind Me of You"; "I'll Walk Alone"; and such ditties as "They're Either Too Young or Too Old"; "Saturday Night Is the Loneliest Night of the Week."
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By Andrew Leckey and Andrew Leckey,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | September 23, 2007
The numbers game isn't adding up for average investors. Government data, corporate earnings, loan defaults, retail sales figures and Federal Reserve decisions often produce more fog than clarity about the future. Even former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan contributed to this murky horizon. His book slams President Bush's lack of spending curbs and attributes the housing boom to lower long-term interest rates stemming from communism's fall. More important, he warns of the likelihood of higher rates in the future to thwart inflation.
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By New York Times News Service | May 5, 2007
Many of the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are no longer cooperating with their lawyers, adding a largely invisible struggle between the lawyers and their own clients to the legal battle over the Bush administration's detention policies. Some detainees refuse to see their lawyers, while others decline mail from their lawyers or refuse to provide them information on their cases, according to court documents, writings of some of the detainees and recent interviews. The detainees' resistance appears to have been fueled by frustration over their long detention and suspicion about whether their lawyers are working for the government, as well as anti-American sentiment, some of the documents and interviews show.
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By LIZ F. KAY and LIZ F. KAY,SUN REPORTER | November 23, 2005
Baltimore County school board members voted unanimously last night to increase school Superintendent Joe A. Hairston's retirement benefits, a week after he withdrew from consideration for a similar job in Virginia. After the meeting, Hairston promised that he would remain in Baltimore County through the end of his contract in 2008. "I will not betray my commitment to this community and this board," he said. The 11 members present voted in favor of a plan to transfer his annual $10,800 bonus to his salary, which will improve his retirement benefits.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | April 24, 2005
Despite dire predictions that the streets would be awash in military-style guns, the expiration of the decade-long assault weapons ban in September has not set off a sustained surge in the weapons' sales, gun makers and sellers say. It also has not caused any noticeable increase in gun crime in the past seven months, according to several metropolitan police departments. The uneventful expiration of the assault weapons ban did not surprise gun owners, nor did it surprise some advocates of gun control.
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By Andrew Leckey | January 30, 2005
Anticipating a jump in interest rates because of an improving economy, many investors took their money out of bond funds a year ago. This seemed logical because new bonds with higher yields diminish the value of existing lower-yielding bonds. But it was the wrong move. It turned out to be a dandy year for investing in bonds. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan took it nice and easy, tightening in small increments to avoid a shock to the system. Because of weak job growth and overall faith in the Fed's ability to effectively control inflation, Treasury yields remained steady, and taxable bond funds averaged a 5 percent total return.
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By ANDREW LECKEY and ANDREW LECKEY,Tribune Media Services | May 16, 2004
One of my favorite reader letters arrived several years ago. "Dear Mr. Leckey, I am an 88-year-old investor who follows her portfolio very carefully," she wrote. "Could you suggest some good growth investments for me?" While some might chuckle and say she should relax and be comfortable in her autumn years with dividend-paying stocks and a cup of hot tea, I commend her farsightedness. Since there's no telling how long someone may live these days, it's smart to own some investments with the potential to outpace inflation.
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By Andrew Leckey and Andrew Leckey,TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES | September 23, 2007
The numbers game isn't adding up for average investors. Government data, corporate earnings, loan defaults, retail sales figures and Federal Reserve decisions often produce more fog than clarity about the future. Even former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan contributed to this murky horizon. His book slams President Bush's lack of spending curbs and attributes the housing boom to lower long-term interest rates stemming from communism's fall. More important, he warns of the likelihood of higher rates in the future to thwart inflation.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | January 6, 1995
Only a few measures into the "Montagues and Capulets" section of Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" there is an entrance by the trombones. In most performances, this entrance is prominently emphasized -- almost italicized -- so that the listener cannot miss it.In the performance of excerpts from the great ballet with which he concluded last night's concert with the Baltimore Symphony in Meyerhoff Hall, Sergiu Comissiona handled that trombone entry somewhat differently....
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By Dean Uhler | July 14, 2002
Can a house become infested with carpenter ants and termites within two years? That is what Kenneth Newburger of Pikesville wants to know after a pest control inspector recently found both types of wood boring insects in his 21-year-old house. Two years ago, when he bought the house, an inspection by a different pest control company found no evidence of infestation. Now he's faced with the cost of termite treatment and would like to know if he has any recourse against the first company that inspected the house.
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By Russel Kinnel and Russel Kinnel,MORNINGSTAR.COM | November 25, 2001
A good municipal bond fund might be a worthy addition to your portfolio. But to many investors, munis are a mystery. Instead of valuations, you've got credit ratings. Instead of brand names like Coca-Cola or General Motors, you get sewer bonds from small towns. It's a different world, but it's not too tough if you focus on a few key points. Here's a quick rundown: 1. Stick to high quality. I've written previously about how attractive junk bonds are. However, I wouldn't go into low-quality munis - especially if those were the only muni funds I planned on holding.
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