Thursday, January 29, 2009


The TC containing a long term senior bond of Spectra Energy, JBI, was sold at its par value of $25. (actually $25.025) There are several reasons for the sale.

First, at par value, I no longer have the discount to capture. When I first talked about this TC, it was trading at around 17. TRUST CERTIFICATES JBI DUKE

Second, the semi-annual interest payment is coming up in February and I have to pay a 6% state tax on that interest but there is no Tennessee income tax on the sale of securities or on earned income. The tax is only levied on certain categories of interest and dividend income.

Third, I do not view this one as having much upside on price at $25 and another opportunity may arise to buy it back at much lower prices at some point after the interest payment. Individuals have a tendency to sell these TCs after receiving a 6 month interest payment and to buy a few days before they go ex interest which just creates a tax event. Sometimes, based on market events unrelated to the TC, there might be a precipitous fall shortly before the ex interest date and this may actually present a buying opportunity. A rise to par value shortly before the ex interest date is another matter entirely. For someone like me, there are always options and alternatives.   

Fourth, it does not look like I am going to come anywhere close in completing my hedge with TBT. Chris Cox: Medal of Freedom?/Massive Dividends for Proshares ETFs/TBT add TBT vs. PST: Hedging Corporate Bond BOND ALLOCATION: MANY MOVING PARTS IN 4TH QUARTER Since I am over exposed to long term corporate bonds, I need to pare the position back some until TBT comes way down in price or at least pick up securities that will compensate me more for the unhedged inflation risk of the long bonds. 

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