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Felling A Little Blue After January Is Normal

Lord Wellington's reaction to Charles I of England's re-formed Parliament in 1633 was to exclaim "I have never seen so many shocking hats in all my life." Today many savers are expressing similar horror at the diminutive or even negative level of global interest rates. Investors that bucked the trend and purchased or remained long high-duration U.S. Government bonds have already been handsomely rewarded. Indeed, the Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (NYSEARCA:EDV) is already up a whopping 14.25% this year. Other early inning winners are REITS, the U.S. Dollar, volatility and perhaps most surprising of all,…