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Crystal Clear

 I would like to make it crystal clear that my number one choice is for fixed income investors to invest in individual fixed income securities for a variety of reasons; certainty, low cost, customization for individuals' needs, quality and performance..

 I have fielded a lot of ETF questions lately, prompting some questions as to my stance. ETFs are the preferred alternatives to my pet peeve, mutual bond funds. ETFs feature low MERs, decent diversity and , whichever one you choose, you will get the performance of that sector. However, like bond funds, they never mature and future value is just as uncertain.

 I have just completed a survey of online discount bond services and will be releasing the results in my second edition due out in early 2009.Suffice it to say that the tools for DIY fixed income investing are adequate but have a long way to go.

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