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Over the past couple of months, I've been sharing with you some tips about how new investors can break into the market. And I think it's the perfect time for our next lesson - looking this time at the inextricable connection between stocks and bonds.
Although I tend to write about the stock market as if it were a singular entity, I'm usually talking about the markets in the plural. Not just the Dow Jones Industrial Average, or the S&P 500 Index, or the Nasdaq - when I'm talking about the stock market or stocks, I am talking about ALL the indexes.
But when I use the word markets, I'm talking about not just the stock market indexes but also the entire bond market.
The bond market isn't just the U.S. Treasury bond market. The bond market is to me, and should be for you, all the different bond markets, including but not limited to Treasurys, corporates, sovereign bonds, and junk bonds.
The word markets encompasses stocks and bonds because they are inseparable. There is an immutable relationship between stocks and bonds. They are connected at the hip. From now on, you, too, should always think of markets as both the stock market and the bond market.
It's OK to only think about stocks when you're making stock trades, analyzing your stock positions, or just chatting about the stock market. But always keep the bond market in the back of your mind when you're thinking about stocks. Remember the bond market when you're listening to pundits talking about stocks and when you're reading about stocks or the stock market.
And now I'll tell you why you almost always have to think of stocks and bonds together.
Stocks and Bonds: Mirror Images
And now, here's the reason stocks and bonds are so connected:
About the Author
Shah Gilani boasts a financial pedigree unlike any other. He ran his first hedge fund in 1982 from his seat on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. When options on the Standard & Poor's 100 began trading on March 11, 1983, Shah worked in "the pit" as a market maker.
The work he did laid the foundation for what would later become the VIX - to this day one of the most widely used indicators worldwide. After leaving Chicago to run the futures and options division of the British banking giant Lloyd's TSB, Shah moved up to Roosevelt & Cross Inc., an old-line New York boutique firm. There he originated and ran a packaged fixed-income trading desk, and established that company's "listed" and OTC trading desks.
Shah founded a second hedge fund in 1999, which he ran until 2003.
Shah's vast network of contacts includes the biggest players on Wall Street and in international finance. These contacts give him the real story - when others only get what the investment banks want them to see.
Today, as editor of Hyperdrive Portfolio, Shah presents his legion of subscribers with massive profit opportunities that result from paradigm shifts in the way we work, play, and live.
Shah is a frequent guest on CNBC, Forbes, and MarketWatch, and you can catch him every week on Fox Business's Varney & Co.