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The Best Bond ETF for the Next Ten Years
Our pick for the best bond ETF for the next ten years is the Emerging Market High Yield Bond ETF. Find out why the HYEM ETF stands out from the crowd.
Making Sense of Common Bond Terms
One of the most important things for bond investors to understand is the difference between coupon and yield. Coupon tells you what the bond paid when it was issued, but the yield to maturity tells you how much you will be paid in the future.
Learn the Differences Between Treasury Bills,...
Find out the differences among the three types of government bonds: Treasury bills, Treasury notes, and Treasury bonds.
What Bond Investors Should Know About Fed...
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Why Bonds and Yields Move in Opposite Directions
Get the plain-English explanation of why bond prices and yields move in opposite directions. Why do bond prices rise when yields fall, and vice versa?
The Real Reason China Owns So Much U.S. Debt
China owns a large, and growing, percentage of the United States' debt. How large is China's position in U.S. Treasuries, and does it matter?
Stocks and Bonds: 2 Very Different Ways to Invest
Investors are always told to diversify their portfolios between stocks and bonds, but what’s the difference between the two types of investments? Here, we look at the difference between stocks and bonds on the most fundamental level.
A Brief History of the European Debt Crisis
The European debt crisis, which began in late 2009, is the shorthand term for the region’s struggle to pay the debts it has built up in recent decades. This is one of most important issues facing the world economy, but it is also one of the hardest to understand. Here is a Q&A to help familiarize you with the basics of, and outlook for, the European debt crisis.
Stocks vs. Bonds: The Long-Term Performance Data
Find out how bond market performance compares to stocks in the past ten years, and learn which segments of the bond market provided the best returns. The historical bond market performance data tells an interesting story about the importance of bonds in portfolio diversification.
How Did Stocks and Bonds Perform 1980-2013?
Year-by-year return data: the annual total return for stocks and bonds in each calendar year from 1980 through 2013. Which delivered better performance?
New Investor's Guide to Premium and Discount...
Learn the basic definitions of premium bonds and discount bonds, why discount bond aren't necessarily a value, and why premium bonds shouldn't be thought of as “expensive”.
What is the Fiscal Cliff?
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When Will the Fed Raise Rates?
When will the Fed raise rates? That's the question on all investors' minds given the role Fed policy has played in the performance of both stocks and bonds. Get the layperson's explanation of why rates are so low, what it would take for the Fed to raise rates, and what higher rates would mean for your portfolio.
Despite an Ugly 2013, Actively Managed Bond...
Actively managed bond funds lagged in 2013, but they have outperformed in the past five years. What lesson can investors learn from this?
2014 Bond Market Outlook
An easy-to-understand guide to the 2014 bond market outlook, with expert opinions and a summary of the factors likely to impact bond returns in 2014.
Will the United States’ Massive Debt Ever...
The United States large and growing national debt has reached worrisome levels. How does the country's debt affect the outlook for U.S. Treasuries?
Beginner's Guide to Distribution and SEC Yields
An easy-to-understand explanation of the difference between a distribution yield and an SEC yield. Which yield calculation should you use, and why does it matter?
Pros and Cons of Short-Term Bond vs. Money...
Learn how to determine which investment is more appropriate for your objectives: short-term bond funds or money market funds.
Secured Bonds vs. Unsecured Bonds
Bonds can be either secured or unsecured. See the definition, differences, and risk and yield characteristics of these two types of bonds.
5 Terms Every Bond Investor Should Understand
Learn basic bond definitions: what are issue size, issue date, maturity value, coupon, and yield to maturity.
Historical U.S. Treasury Yield Charts
See the long-term, historical yield charts for 2-year, 5-year, and 10-year U.S. Treasuries, together with a brief description of the forces influencing Treasuries' yield movements over time.
Should you Invest in Short, Intermediate, or...
The differences between short-term, intermediate-term, and long-term bond funds: risks, returns, and determining what mix is right for you.
The Difference Between Fiscal Policy and...
How do fiscal policy and monetary policy differ, and what impact can they have on your investments?
How Inflation Affects the Bond Market
An easy-to-read explanation of how changes in inflation will affect your bond investments.
The Best Bond Investments for Falling Rates
Find out what types of bonds can deliver returns when prevailing bond yields are dropping, and which may be hurt.
What Every Investor Should Know About Yield...
The yield spread is a key metric that bond investors can use to gauge how expensive or cheap a particular bond, or group of bonds, might be. Learn how understanding yield spreads can help you make better investment decisions.
The Dangers of Fixed-Income Investing
Bonds are among the safest investments in the world. But no investment is entirely risk free. In fact, fixed-income investing has its own particular forms of risk, including inflation risk, reinvestment risk, default risk and downgrade risk.
How to Invest in Floating Rate Bonds
A look at these bonds whose yields adjust with changes in prevailing interest rates;their benefits and pitfalls;and the best way to invest in them.
Bond Funds Ranked 4- and 5-Stars by Morningstar
Get the list of all bond mutual funds ranked 4-Star and 5-Star by Morningstar.
12 Types of Bonds
Learn about 12 types of bonds, from low-risk options such as savings bonds to higher-risk investments such as high yield and emerging market bonds.
Collateralized Debt Obligations (CDOs) and the...
Somewhere in early 2007, one of the more complex and controversial corners of the bond world began to unravel. By March of that year, losses in the collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) market were spreading -- crushing high-risk hedge funds and spreading fear through the fixed-income world. The credit crisis had begun.
The Difference between Yield and Total Return
There's more to a bond fund's return than simply its yield. Investors must also consider the fund’s total return, which is the combination of yield and the return provided by principal fluctuation. Learn the difference between yield and total return, and which measure is more useful in assesing bond funds.
A Beginner's Guide to Quantitative Easing
A definition and explanation of the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing policy, the differences between QE1, QE2, and QE3, and how quantitative easing affects the financial markets.
The One Event that Will Make or Break the Bond...
The uncertainty surrounding the time of the first Fed rate hike – and not the rate increase itself – is the key to bond market performance in the coming months.
New Investor's Guide to Convertible Bonds
Convertible bonds are bonds that are issued by corporations and that can be converted to shares of the issuing company's stock at the bondholder's discretion. Convertible bonds typically offer higher yields than common stock, but lower yields than straight corporate bonds. Learn more about the basics of convertible bonds.
What are Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities...
Learn about how commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) work, and how individual investors can participate in this market sement.
These Are the 3 Best Bond ETFs for 2014
Which bond ETFs will be the best performers in 2014? Three bond ETFs with high yields and below-average interest-rate risk could be top picks for 2014.
The Difference Between Deflation and Disinflation
Deflation vs. disinflation: the difference between the two, and what each means for the economy and financial market performance.
A Day in the Life of a Bond Trader
Careers in bond trading can be enormously rewarding from a financial perspective. Competition for these jobs at the giant investment banks and other financial institutions is fierce. And the markets modernize, the floor traders of old are being replaced by a new breed of trader skilled in math and computer programming.
The Difference Between Yield to Call and Yield...
Learn the difference between a bond's yield to call and yield to worst, and how these relate to the bond's yield to maturity.
Bonds and the Economy
Economic trends are a key driver of bond market performance, but the economy affects different types of bonds in different ways. Learn more about the link between bonds and the economy.
Bond ETFs: The Complete, Updated List
The complete, updated list of bond exchange-traded funds (ETFs), sorted by category.
Money Market Funds Offer Safety and Liquidity;...
Money market funds are a popular and safe place for investors to keep cash for the short term. These investment vehicles offer both security and liquidity. But the relatively poor returns offered by this class of mutual funds make them ill-suited for long-term investment.
How to Invest in Utility Stocks
Those who are looking for ways to generate investment income through dividends often allocate a portion of their portfolios to utility stocks. Find out the performance characteristics and risks associated with investing in utilities.
2 Issues to Consider When Buying Individual...
Buying individual corporate bonds is a complex endeavor. It takes more sophistication and more research than buying a share of stock. Here are some of the key things to consider.
Should I Buy a Muni Bond? Only Your Tax...
For many investors, the idea of earning tax-free returns makes the purchase of a muni bond seem like a no-brainer. But munis aren't for everyone. Unless you're in the right tax bracket, owning a muni can be a very bad move. So let's answer the question: Should you buy municipal bonds?
Who Are the Largest Foreign Owners of U.S. Debt?
See how much of the United States' debt is owned by foreign countries, what countries own the most U.S. debt, and how their holdings have changed in the past year.
How to Protect Yourself Against Rising Rates
With the likelihood rising that bond yields will move higher in the years ahead, here are six ways to protect your portfolio from rising rates.
The Return Potential for High Yield Bonds in 2014
High Yield Bonds 2014 Outlook: What needs to happen for high yield bonds to keep outperforming in 2014, and what risk factors could derail the rally?
Credit Risk vs. Interest Rate Risk
Bonds are often classified as “low risk” or “high risk,” but this is only half of the story. There are actually two kinds of risk: interest rate risk and credit risk. These are two distinct types of risk that can have a very different impact on various asset classes within the bond market. Find out interest rate risk and credit risk will affect the value of your investments.
Current Federal Reserve Policy Explained
An up-to-date rundown on all aspects of current Federal Reserve policy regarding interest rates and quantitative easing.
The Basics of Investing in Corporate Bonds
Learn about the risks and historical performance of corporate bonds, their role in your portfolio, and the various ways to invest in corporate bonds.
What is an MLP?
For income investors, Master Limited Partnerships, or MLPs, are a potential source of attractive yields. Learn about the role MLPs can play in your portfolio.
What Types of Bonds Feature Low Risk?
Investors who need to keep their money safe have a wealth of options to consider in the world of bonds and bond and mutual funds. Learn about some of the lowest-risk options in bonds, and whether low-risk bonds are right for you.
What is the Yield Curve?
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Corporate Bonds 2014 Outlook
The 2014 outlook for corporate bonds: what factors will drive performance in 2014? See the expected returns, key risks, and one potential opportunity.
What are Asset Backed Securities (ABS)?
Asset backed securities, or ABS: find out the risks, return characteristics, history, and definition, and how they can play a role in your portfolio.
Calculating Tax Equivalent Yield - Municipal...
Knowing how to calculate the tax equivalent yield on municipal bonds is a key element of determining whether munis or taxable bonds are right for you.
What is Currency Hedging?
What currency hedging is, how many managers employ currency hedging strategies, and how hedging can affect the performance of bond funds. What's the difference between hedged and unhedged funds?
The Bright Side of U.S. Federal Reserve Rate...
Investors may be worried about the possibility of interest rate increases by the U.S. Federal Reserve, but one group stands to win when rates rise: savers.
Apple Stock vs. Apple Bonds: Which is the...
Apple stock vs. Apple bonds: While Apple's longer-term bonds offer a higher yield than its stock, AAPL stock is the better option by a number of measures.
Municipal Bonds Expected to Perform Well in 2014
Municipal bonds underperformed in 2013, but three important factors indicate that the municipal bond outlook is set to improve considerably in 2014.
The Interesting History of Operation Twist
Operation Twist was a program conducted by the U.S. Federal Reserve to help stimulate the economy. Learn more about the basics of Operation Twist and its impact on the U.S. bond market.
U.S. Companies Rated AAA, Higher Than...
The highest credit rating, AAA, is typically reserved for government bonds, but four U.S. corporations are also assigned this gold standard of good credit: Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Automatic Data Processing, and Exxon Mobil. Learn more about the Big 4 of AAA-rated U.S. corporations, and why they're rated more highly than U.S. Treasuries.
What Are Senior Loans?
Senior loans, also referred to as leveraged loans or syndicated bank loans, offer diversification and attractive yields, but also a unique set of risks. Are senior loans right for you?
2013 Bond Market Performance: The Year in Review
2013 Bond Market Performance Review: A comprehensive summary of 2013 bond market returns including key events and performance drivers for each sector.
Second Quarter 2014 Bond Market Performance...
Second Quarter 2014 Bond Market Returns: see performance data, key events, drivers of outperformance for corporate and high yield bonds, plus a second half outlook.
Why Are Yields So Low?
Yields on government bonds and short-term investments have fallen to extremely low levels in recent years, punishing those who are investing for income. Find out why yields are so low, and what you can do about it.
How to Use TIPS to Calculate Inflation...
Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) can be used to calculate inflation expectations using some very simple math. Find out how to comparing TIPS and U.S. Treasuries can tell you where the market sees future inflation.
New Investor's Guide to Dividend-Paying Stocks
High-dividend stocks are one of the most popular option for those who need investment income but who don't want to invest their entire portfolio in bonds. Find out more about the best strategies for investing in dividend-paying stocks.
Bond Default: Definition and Explanation
Find out what a bond default is, what occurs when a bond defaults, how frequently this occurs, and how a default can affect the performance of individual bonds and bond funds.
Should You Own Bonds in an IRA?
Bonds may not seem to be the natural choice for an IRA, but they play a key role in retirement planning. What types of bonds are the best fit for IRAs?
What are General Obligation Bonds and Revenue...
There are two major categories of municipal bonds: general obligation bonds and revenue bonds. Here is the easy-to-understand explanation of the difference between general obligation and revenue bonds.
Individual Bonds Vs. Bond Funds
Bond funds aren't entirely risk-free. What are the risks of bond funds, and how does this risk compare to that of investing in individual bonds? Learn more to help you make the decision of whether to invest in individual bonds or bond funds.
The Beginner's Guide to Bond Mutual Funds
Bonds are among the safest investments available. And as a general rule, mutual funds are the safest way to invest in bonds. But that doesn't mean you should jump right in. Here are a few items to consider before you buy a bond fund.
The Benefits and Risks of Bond Index Funds
Bond index funds are a simple and cost-effective way to invest in bonds. Learn about the key benefits and risks of bond index funds
New Investor's Guide to Yield Curves
A yield curve is a simple representation of the relationship between the interest rate that a bond pays and when that bond matures. Learning how to read a yield curve -- and knowing the significance of a flattening or inverted yield curve as well as how to calculate the spread -- is a crucial skill for fixed-income investors.
The Basics of Investing in High Yield Bonds
Learn about the risks and historical performance of high yield bonds, their role in your portfolio, and the various ways to invest in high yield bonds.
What are Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS)?
Learn about the risks and historical performance of mortgage-backed securities, their role in your portfolio, and the various ways to invest in mortgage-backed securities (MBS).
How to Invest in Target Maturity Bond Funds
Target maturity bond funds can help investors bridge the gap between the diversification of bond funds and the greater certainty of bond ladders.
2013 Bond Market Outlook
The 2014 Bond Market Outlook is now available here.
12 Steps to Successful Bond Investing
The 12 steps to successful bond investing: bond investing may seem confusing at first, but these 12 steps will get you started on the road to success.
Why Invest in Bonds?
There are many benefits to investing in bonds, including income, diversification, principal protection, and potential tax savings. How can bonds help you achieve your goals?
What Is a Bond?
Bonds are a mystery to many investors. But there's no need for confusion. Once you get past the jargon of yield curves, maturities and Aaa ratings, you'll find a simple and familiar concept. A bond, after all, is nothing more than a loan.
What is the Federal Funds Rate?
The federal funds rate – typically referred to as the fed funds rate – is the rate at which banks with balances on held at the Federal Reserve borrow from one another an overnight basis. How does the federal funds rate work, and what is its impact on the economy?
How Safe are U.S. Treasuries?
U.S. Treasuries are generally considered one of the safest – if not the safest – investments in the global financial markets. While this is true, it depends how you invest. If you own Treasuries via mutual funds or ETFs, or if you sell them before they mature, they can in fact be quite risky. Find out more about the potential risks of U.S. Treasury bills, notes, and bonds.
What's the Safest Way to Invest Your Money?
If you're primary goal in investing is to not lose money, consider buying U.S. government debt. Treasuries are backed by the
What Is “Real Return” and...
Learn the meanings of real return, nominal return, and real yield, and how understanding these concepts can help you make better investment decisions.
How do TIPS Work?
Find out how TIPS pay interest, the mechanices of TIPS' principal adjustment, and the potential risks of investing in TIPS.
Understanding Callable Bonds
Some bonds have an unusual feature that allows the issuer to
High Yield Bonds Total Return by Calendar Year
Historical performance for high yield bonds: find out the year-by-year total returns for high yield bonds vs. both stocks and investment-grade bonds.
How Does Duration Impact Bond Funds?
What is duration, and how does duration affect the performance of your bond fund?
Understanding the Performance of Corporate Bonds
How do interest rates, the health of issuing corporations, and investors' attitude toward risk work together to affect the returns of corporate bonds?
How to Allocate Your Investments Among Stocks,...
What factors should you consider in determining your appropriate allocation to stocks, bonds, and cash?
Treasury Direct: The Easiest Way to Invest in...
TreasuryDirect is one of the best resources for investors who want to purchase U.S. government bonds, or who simply want to learn more about how the government manages its debt. Find out more about how TreasuryDirect can help you manage your bond investments.
Why Invest in the Lowest Fee Mutual Funds?
Numerous studies have shown that mutual funds and ETFs with the lowest expense ratios deliver the best long-term performance. Find out why low expense ratios are so important to fund returns, and how you can benefit from owning low-fee funds.
Are High Yield Municipal Bonds Right for You?
High yield municipal bonds offer higher income than investment-grade muni bonds, but they also feature greater risks. Should you own high yield munis in your portfolio?
Introduction to Emerging Market Bonds
Emerging market bonds can provide attractive long-term returns, but they also carry more risk than most segments of the bond market. Find out if investing in emerging market bonds is right for you.
What's a Quant and How Do I Become One?
The newest job in the bond world is drawing recruits from the world of mathematics and physics. These numbers- and computer-focused folks are called quants, and they practice the art and science of quantitative analysis.
Top 10 Things to Know About Bonds
If you’re new to the world of bonds, it’s easy to be intimidated. Bond investing can be filled with unusual lingo, strange concepts and a lot more talk about math and economics than you’ll find at the local discount stock broker’s office. But don’t be discouraged. Bonds aren’t as mysterious as they may appear.
What is a Covered Bond? Looking at the Newest...
The newest addition to the U.S. bond market is similar to the asset-backed securities that led to the credit crisis, but supposed to be much safer.
Buying a Municipal Bond Fund
If taxes are a concern, but you don't have at least $100,000 to invest, you should consider buying a municipal bond fund. These mutual funds offer the same tax-free advantages of municipal bonds while also offering diversification.
Beginner's Guide to the Debt Ceiling
A simple explanation of the debt ceiling debate and crisis: Find out how the debt ceiling works, and how the debate could impact financial market performance.
The Risks of Corporate Bonds
Learn more about the risks of corporate bonds, and the difference between the risk of individual corporate bonds versus corporate bond funds and ETFs.
What to Own – and What to Avoid –...
Six investments to consider - and three to avoid - for a bond bear market.
How to Balance Risk and Return in Your...
Understanding the relationship between risk and return in the financial markets: when deciding where to invest your money, it’s always important to remember that with higher return potential comes higher risk.
What is a Core Bond Fund?
Core funds are so named since the idea is that if investors owned only one investment grade bond fund in their portfolio, the core fund could essentially cover all the bases. But do core bond funds truly help investors maximize thier diversification?
Why are TIPS Yields Negative?
Find out why TIPS yields are negative, what this tells us about the economy, and why investors are continuing to buy TIPS despite their negative yield.
How to Bet Against the Bond Market
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Emerging Market Bonds 2014 Outlook
Emerging market bonds 2014 outlook: Find out the expected returns, the key risks, and the outlook for local-currency bonds and emerging corporates.
3 Reasons Why High Yield Bonds' Past Performanc...
High yield bonds have outstanding historical returns, but there's little upside left. Here are three reasons why high yield bonds will deliver lower returns in the coming years.
The Relationship Between Risk and Yield in the...
A bond's yield is often an indicator of its risk - the higher the yield, the higher the risk; the lower the yield, the lower the risk. Find out why this is, and why investors should never pick a bond or bond fund solely on the basis of its yield.
What Are Bond Credit Ratings?
Bond credit ratings provide a guide the strength of the issuer’s finances and its future prospects – and allow investors to gain a sense of how likely a bond is to default. Learn more about bond credit ratings, and what each credit tier – from AAA to D – can tell you about an individual bond.
Overweight and Underweight in Investing –...
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The Risks of TIPS and TIPS ETFs
Individual TIPS may be free of credit risk, but TIPS mutual funds and ETFs are highly vulnerable to rising interest rates. As a result, TIPS funds may not provide as much inflation protection as investors may expect.
The Highest Yielding Fixed Income Investments:...
Find out the six bond market segments provide income investors with the highest yields.
Face Value
In bonds, face value refers to what is owed to a bondholder when the security matures. By tradition, most bonds in the U.S. have a face value of $1,000.
The Risks of Municipal Bonds
What are the risks of municipal bonds? Learn more about the risks of municipal bonds, and the difference between the risk of individual munis compared to mutual funds and ETFs.
When is the Best Time to Buy High Yield Bonds?
What circumstances regarding the economy, investor sentiment, and corporations' financial health typically fuel the best returns for high yield bonds?
Municipal Bonds: Historical Calendar Year Returns
Municipal Bond Calendar Year Returns: the year-by-year returns for municipal bonds, with historical context and performance vs. the Barclays Aggregate.
Active vs. Passive Management in Bond Funds
Actively managed vs. passively managed bond funds: the key differences between active and passive management, and which has delivered better returns.
What is Reinvestment Risk?
Reinvestment risk, a challenge all investors face when bond yields are falling, is the risk that future cash flows will need to be reinvested in lower-yielding securities. Learn more about what reinvestment risk is, and how you can avoid it.
List of Vanguard Bond Funds and ETFs
Are Vanguard bond funds right for you? See the list of all Vanguard bond funds and ETFs, along with tickers, expense ratios, and Morningstar ratings.
How to Invest in High-Yield Dividend Stocks
Dividend-paying stocks with high yields can seem like an outstanding investment at first glance. However, the highest-yielding stocks can also come with a danger – that the dividend is unsafe or may not be what it appears on the surface. But how can you tell the difference between a legitimate high yield and one that’s too good to be true?
The Monthly Jobs Report and its Impact on the...
On the first Friday of every month, the U.S. Labor Department reports key employment data - including the unemployment rate - in its monthly jobs report. Of all the economic reports released each month, the jobs report has the largest impact on the bond market. Find out why bond yields are so sensitive to the jobs report, and what it means for your investments.
Municipal Bond ETFs: Which Muni ETFs are Right...
The complete, updated list of municipal bond ETFs, sorted by category. An overview of index funds and municipal bond ETFs focused on the high-yield, California, and New York categories.
The U.S. Yield Curve is Flattening. Does it...
The U.S. Treasury yield curve has flattened so far in 2014. Should investors be concerned about what this means for the economic outlook?
The Critical Role of Dividends in Stocks'...
Dividend-paying stocks offer more than just income – if dividends are reinvested, they represent a substantial portion of stocks’ long-term total return. Find out how much of stocks' total return is generated by dividends, and whether high-dividend stocks are right for you.
Bond Market Update - May, 2014
Bonds have surged thus far in 2014, confounding the experts' negative expectations.
How to Choose a Bond Mutual Fund
Learn the key steps to evaluating bond funds, and narrowing down the list of choices to determine which bond fund is right for you.
Fed Statement: No Indication that Taper is...
Investors can stop worrying about the possibility that the Fed will taper quantitative easing... for now.
Should You Buy Vanguard Total Bond Market Index...
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Why You Shouldn't Buy Mutual Funds Before They...
Find out why using a taxable account to buy a mutual fund before it makes a distribution can actually cost you money.
What Are Leveraged Bond Funds?
Leveraged bond funds are are investment vehicles that allow experienced investors to achieve daily returns two or three times that of a particular asset class. Find out how leveraged bond funds work, and whether these products are right for you.
Barron's Ranks the Best Fund Families for Bond...
Barron's is out with its rankings of the best mutual fund families based on their performance in 2012. On the bond side, Barron's split out its rankings between
Are Long-Term Bond Funds Right for You?
Long-term bond funds can deliver outstanding returns when interest rates are falling, but they also carry outsized risk. Learn more about the benefits and risks of investing in long-term bond funds.
Are Bonds a Good Investment? Bill Gross May...
Are bonds a good investment right now? It may depend on how far the Federal Reserve raises rates. Many experts see interest rates rising as high as 4%, but Bill Gross has a different take.
Why Buy a Zero-Coupon Bond?
Zero-Coupon Bonds are sold at a deep discount to their face value. In many cases, interest is compounded and paid at maturity rather than during the life of the bond. In other cases, a financial institution
Inverse Bond Funds: The Risks and Benefits
Inverse bond funds can be an effective short-term vehicle for sophisticated investors to bet against the bond market. However, inverse bond funds also come with substantial risks.
What are REITs?
Find out how real estate investment trusts, or REITs, how their historical returns stack up against the risks, and whether you should consider investing in REITs.
Investing in International Government Bonds
International government bonds - available through mutual funds and ETFs - don't necessarily have the highest yields, but they provide diversification as well as exposure to currencies other than the U.S. dollar. Find out whether international government bonds are right for you.
Rising Long-Term Treasury Yields Had Little...
Treasury yields rose in the fourth quarter, but corporate, high yield, and emerging market bonds all finished with gains.
What are Preferred Stocks?
Learn about the basics of preferred stocks, and whether preferred stocks are the right option to boost your investment income.
Should You Buy Morningstar's 5-Star Funds?
Morningstar star ratings can help you choose mutual funds, but they have three important limitations. Why even a 5-star fund may not be right for you.
Should You Buy an Emerging Market High Yield...
Emerging market high yield bond funds: find out the basics, the pros and cons, and whether this high-yielding bond investment is right for you.
Using Bonds for Diversification
Investors who are looking to diversify a portfolio that is heavily weighted in equities usually consider adding an allocation to bonds. But not all types of bonds provide the appropriate level of diversification from stocks. Find out what types of bonds can effectively diversify a stock-heavy portfolio, and which types will provide similar performance.
How are Bond Funds Taxed?
Find out how the taxes on mutual funds' dividend income and capital gains differ, and why you have to pay a final capital gains tax when you sell a fund, even though you have been paying a capital gains tax each year.
Using the Rankings of Credit Ratings Agencies...
A bond is a loan. So the first question to ask before you buy a bond is the same question you'd ask before you loaned money to your brother-in-law:
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