It was 1964, 50 years ago, that the film Goldfinger debuted. It is the quintessential James Bond film and the first one to win an Academy Award. In Goldfinger, Q — the head of the gadget-making “Q-Branch” — presents Bond an alternative to the traditional car. It can emit an oil slick and has a battering ram, a pop-up rear bulletproof screen, and even an ejector seat. These gadgets helped Bond make the best of some risky situations. Now, 50 years later, bonds are facing a risky situation — and alternative investments may help to make the best of it.
Although not part of the overall bond market measured by the Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index, the high-yield and municipal bonds we favor for 2014 are considered traditional investments….