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Launching a National Business, U.S. Bond Crash and Corporate Bonds

Listeners’ Questions, Peter’s Answers – April 12, 2012

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Joshua from Birmingham, Great Britain
As a final year university student, I am in the process of launching a national business. What advice would you give for acquiring funding or partnerships?

Rob from Morisset, Australia
I know Peter has talked about the gold standard a lot before but I was wondering if he could please explain how the money supply expands to service the interest in an economy, on a gold standard, given that the money supply is limited by mining.

Patrick from Montreal, Canada
As a Canadian I’m interested in your take on the following – When the US bond crash happens or begins in force, if people start catching on to US dollar inflation, where, aside from precious metals, do you expect people’s money to run to? Do you think a US bond panic would cause an exodus to foreign bonds, like Canada?

Richard from Issaquah, WA
I am currently out of equities entirely and have gone to a complete individual corporate bond portfolio of short term 2 to 5 year maturities purchased at a 20 to 25 percent discount with coupon rates averaging 9%…sort of a modern day “junk” bond portfolio. I agree that U.S. dollar denominated investments are in trouble. That being the case, what would you suggest I do with an approximate $1 Million portfolio?

Laszlo from Scotch Plains, NJ
My wife and I have good incomes, but rent. Rent vs house price is close enough for me to purchase a home based only on my income. With our first child on the way and at 42 years old, I feel like we need more space. Would you recommend buying or continuing to rent?