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The Difference Between Coupon and Yield to...
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.
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”.
Why Do Bond Prices and Yields Move in Opposite...
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?
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?
The Difference Between Stocks and Bonds
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beginner's Guide to Bond Fund 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?
Secured vs Unsecured Bonds - Definition
Bonds can be either secured or unsecured. See the definition, differences, and risk and yield characteristics of these two types of bonds.
What is the Fiscal Cliff?
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How Much U.S. Debt Does China Own?
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?
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.
How Inflation Affects the Bond Market
An easy-to-read explanation of how changes in inflation will affect your bond investments.
5 Terms Every Bond Investor Should Understand
Learn basic bond definitions: what are issue size, issue date, maturity value, coupon, and yield to maturity.
A Brief History of the European Debt Crisis
The European debt crisis is the shorthand term for the region's struggle to pay its debts. Here is a Q&A to help familiarize you with the basics of, and outlook for, the European debt crisis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Bond Investors Should Know About Fed...
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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?
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.
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Difference Between Fiscal Policy and...
How do fiscal policy and monetary policy differ, and what impact can they have on your investments?
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
U.S. Companies Rated AAA, Higher Than...
The highest credit rating, AAA, is typically reserved for government bonds, but threer U.S. corporations are also assigned this gold standard of good credit: Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, and Exxon Mobil. Learn more about the Big 3 of AAA-rated U.S. corporations, and why they're rated more highly than U.S. Treasuries.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Should You Buy Vanguard Total Bond Market Index...
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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 Are Green Bonds?
Green Bond primer: What are green bonds, who issues them, and how can individuals invest in these new securities?
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How do TIPS Work?
Find out how TIPS pay interest, the mechanices of TIPS' principal adjustment, and the potential risks of investing in TIPS.
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 Happens to Bonds in a Stock Bear Market?
Find out which types of bonds provide helpful diversification when stocks are in a bear market, and which are most likely to underperfom.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
Vanguard Total World Stock (VT): The Only Stock...
Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (VT) takes an all-in-one approach that helps investors gain full global stock market exposure within a single fund.
What is the Yield Curve?
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The Highest Yielding Fixed Income Investments:...
Find out the six bond market segments provide income investors with the highest yields.
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.
How to Bet Against the Bond Market
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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?
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.
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.
Introduction to Municipal Bonds
Muncipal Bonds 101: The basics of municipal bonds, risks and returns, determining whether munis are right for you, types of bonds, and how to invest.
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.
Which Has Performed Better: Bond ETFs vs. Bond...
What's the best way to invest in bonds, mutual funds or ETFs? Learn the cost and return difference between bond mutual funds and bond ETFs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Does Duration Impact Bond Funds?
What is duration, and how does duration affect the performance of your bond fund?
Three Problems With Bond Index Funds
Funds that are linked to the Barclays Aggregate U.S. Index don't provide a full range of diversification. How can you augment your bond index fund?
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.
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.
Choosing Among Mutual Funds, ETFs, and Direct...
Individual investors who are looking for the best way to invest in bonds have three major options to consider: mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and direct investment. Which type of bond investment is right for you?
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.
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.
How Strength or Weakness in the U.S. Dollar...
Strength or weakness in the U.S. dollar can have a major impact on the performance of global and international mutual funds. Learn how currency movements can help or hurt the value of your international investments.
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.
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?
Current Federal Reserve Policy Explained
Fed policy explained: An up-to-date rundown on all aspects of current Federal Reserve policy, including interest rates and quantitative easing.
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.
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.
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.
The Difference Between Agency and Non-Agency...
Definition of non-Agency mortgage-backed securities. What is the difference between agency and non-Agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS)?
Understanding Callable Bonds
Some bonds have an unusual feature that allows the issuer to
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.
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.
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).
What is the Default Rate?
Learn what the default rate is, how likely bonds in certain categories are likely to default, and how investors can minimize their exposure to default risk.
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.
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.
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 an Inverted Yield Curve?
Get the plain-English explanation of what an inverted yield curve is, and what an inverted yield curve says about the economy.
Will Federal Reserve Rate Hikes Crush the Bond...
The consensus expectation is that the first rate increases by the U.S. Federal Reserve will cause a bond bear market, but these fears may be exaggerated.
What Is the Debt to GDP Ratio?
Learn what the debt-to-GDP ratio is, why a manageable ratio is essential, and how the debt-to-GDP ratio can affect bond yields.
Chart of 2- to 10-year U.S. Treasury Yield...
The long-term chart of the 2- to 10-Year Treasury yield spread, with historical context. How does today's 2- to 10-year spread compare to history?
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.
Short Term Bond Funds: The Pros and Cons
Short-term bond funds for beginners: learn the basics, yields and historical returns, risks and ways to invest via mutual funds and ETFs.
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.
The Top 10 Mistakes by Bond Investors
Make the most from your fixed income investments by avoiding these ten common mistakes made by bond investors.
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.
The Bond Market Bubble: Fact or Fiction?
Is there a bond bubble? Find out what the bond bubble is and what would a bursting bubble might mean for your portfolio.
How to Reduce Taxes on Mutual Funds: 10 Ways to...
Find out how to lower your taxes: here are the top ten ways you can reduce the taxes on your mutual funds and keep a greater share of your hard-earned money.
High Yield Bonds 2014 Outlook
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?
The Returns of Short, Intermediate, and Long...
The historical performance numbers for short-, intermediate- and long-term bonds. Which category is poised for the best returns in the coming years?
Investing in Dividend Growth Stocks: Why Growth...
High-dividend stocks have outpaced the broader stock market over time, but the relative strength of stocks with growing dividends has been even more dramatic. Find out how you can capitalize on this trend.
Getting Started in Bonds, Part 2: Assessing...
One of the most important steps for novice investors is accurately gauging your risk tolerance. This guide will help you determine that level of risk that's appropriate for you.
What are Local Currency Emerging Market Bonds?
Investors who want to invest in emerging market bonds have two options: dollar-denominated bonds and bonds denominated in local currencies. Find out what local currency emerging market bonds are and whether this asset class is right for you.
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.
How to Allocate Your Investments Among Stocks,...
What factors should you consider in determining your appropriate allocation to stocks, bonds, and cash?
Bond Upgrade and Downgrade Definition
Learn the basic definition of bond upgrades and downgrades, and what changes to a bond’s credit rating may mean for your portfolio.
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
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.
What are Preferred Stocks?
Learn about the basics of preferred stocks, and whether preferred stocks are the right option to boost your investment income.
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.
When is the Best Time to Buy Municipal Bonds?
Municipal bonds experience seasonality associated with changing supply-and-demand dynamics in the market, creating consistent monthly performance trends.
The Bond Bull Market: Why it's Over, and What...
The long bull market in bonds has ended. What can you do to prepare for a new era of sub-par returns for bonds?
Actively Managed Bond ETFs: The Complete,...
Actively managed bond ETFs, led by PIMCO Total Return ETF, are growing rapidly. See the list of actively managed bond ETFs with tickers and expense ratios.
Historical Chart: 10-Year Treasuries / 10-Year...
10-Year Treasury / 10-Year TIPS yield spread historical chart: How the Treasury/TIPS spread has changed over time, with an explanation of its movements.
Opportunity Cost And Your Investments
Opportunity costs may be invisible, but they are a real consideration when making investment decisions. Learn four ways to avoid opportunity cost.

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