If you’re looking for stock market data and statistics, there’s almost no limit to the number of websites that provide this information. But if you need bond market data, you have to do a little more digging. With that in mind, here are some of the best free resources on the web for current and historical bond market data:
Current yields on U.S. Treasuries
For up-to-date market data, an excellent resource is the bond market data center at Bloomberg.com.
Current yields on TIPS
The U.S. Treasury website shows the current yields for TIPS of various maturities.
Current yields on corporate and municipal bonds
Yahoo! Finance offers this page showing yields - broken out maturity date and credit quality - for municipals and corporates.
Historical daily yields for U.S. Treasuries and TIPS
To get historical yields on government bonds that dates back to inception for TIPS and the early 1960s for Treasuries, among many other data series, the U.S. Federal Reserve website is a treasure trove of useful information.
Historical yield charts for U.S. Treasuries
Where do yields stand now versus the past? Find out here.
Quotes for Treasuries of all maturities
The Wall Street Journal offers this free page to the public that shows the prices and yields of every U.S. Treasury issue, not just the benchmark issue that represents each maturity as most sites do.
Current duration of U.S. Treasuries by maturity
Size of the United States’ debt, updated daily
It’s not pretty, but up-to-fate information on the U.S. debt – together with historical data – is available via the calculator “U.S. debt to the penny” from TreasuryDirect.com.
Current and historic U.S. inflation data
See this link at usinflationcalculator.com.
Historical data for the fed funds rate
Municipal Bond Pricing, Yield, and Issuer Data
This information, and more, can be found at Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA).
Bond market issuance, size, volume, and mutual fund flows
See the statistics page on the SIMFA website.
Bond fund category returns
Morningstar tracks the historical returns of all mutual fund categories here.
Returns and yields for key bond benchmarks
Learn what sectors of the bond market have provided the best recent and historical performance at this free resource from the Wall Street Journal.
Year-by-Year total returns for Treasuries, munis, corporates, high yield, and international bonds
This information, plus the best performing bond market categories and the historical returns of bonds vs. stocks can all be found here.
Historic yield charts, investment grade corporate and high yield bonds
Historic yield spreads, investment grade corporate and high yield bonds
Historic yield spreads, municipal bonds vs. Treasuries
The three-month, 12-month, and five-year spread chart can be viewed here.
Yields, developed and emerging market bonds by country
Barron’s tracks the yields on 27 countries, plus the J.P. Morgan Emerging Markets Bond-plus (EMBI+) Index and the J.P. Morgan Government Bond Index here.
Yield spreads on global government bond markets
Find out what global government bond markets are offering the best yields over U.S. Treasuries at the Financial Times website.
General economic data
Just about any piece of economic data an investor would need is available at the St. Louis Federal Reserve’s database, which goes by the acronym “FRED”.
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