If it's all Greek to you, don't worry. Here's what it could mean for your portfolio:
- Your Treasury bond funds could get dinged. With Greek and other European bonds seeming more secure, international investors may feel they have less of a need to stash money in super-safe U.S. Treasury bonds. Deprived of demand from investors seeking safety, the Treasury will have to raise interest rates to keep attracting buyers. That's good news for people buying new Treasuries. But the lower-yielding ones already stashed in bond funds would become worth less. It's too soon to tell whether that's a blip or the beginning of the sustained rise in Treasury yields some experts, like Pimco's Bill Gross, are predicting.
- Eurostocks might continue their rally after the U.S. market calms down. European stock markets fell further and have lagged the U.S. market's recovery. They've rallied since their finance ministers put this deal together. Moving forward, they could continue to follow U.S. stocks up.
- You'll get less for your dollar in Europe, but not that much less. In the aftermath of the bailout announcement, the Euro strengthened against the dollar. Last month, you could have bought a euro for $1.33. Early this morning, it was $1.37. But the dollar had been rising steadily against the euro -- in December, a euro cost $1.50. That means folks who bought European stock and bond funds with dollars over the last two years got a good deal on the exchange rate. Going forward, they might get less of a deal, especially if they sell their funds for dollars.
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