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Bonds: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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 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?
Learn the Differences Between Treasury Bills,...
Find out the differences among the three types of government bonds: Treasury bills, Treasury notes, and Treasury bonds.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
How Inflation Affects the Bond Market
An easy-to-read explanation of how changes in inflation will affect your bond investments.
What is the Fiscal Cliff?
fiscal cliff us economy terms. Bonds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Terms Every Bond Investor Should Understand
Learn basic bond definitions: what are issue size, issue date, maturity value, coupon, and yield to maturity.
The Real Lesson of Bill Gross's PIMCO Departure
Bill Gross has left PIMCO for greener pastures at Janus, and there's a lesson here for individual investors: active management can lead to market-beating returns, but it also carries significant risks.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Third Quarter 2014 Bond Market Performance...
Third Quarter 2014 Bond Market Returns: performance data and key events for the quarter, including high yield bonds' underperformance, the rally in Treasuries and municipal bonds, and the impact of U.S. dollar strength.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bonds: Bullet Strategy Definition
What is a bullet strategy in bond investing? Find out the definition of bullet strategy, and how it compares to the laddering and barbell strategies.
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.
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?
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 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
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.
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.
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.
Why Fed Policy Won’t Matter for the...
The U.S. Federal Reserve is under no pressure to raise rates. While it may enact a symbolic rate hike in 2015, rates could stay below 1% well into 2016.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Difference Between Fiscal Policy and...
How do fiscal policy and monetary policy differ, and what impact can they have on your investments?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bond ETFs: The Complete, Updated List
The complete, updated list of bond exchange-traded funds (ETFs), sorted by category.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
What is the Yield Curve?
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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.
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.
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 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?
How Does Duration Impact Bond Funds?
What is duration, and how does duration affect the performance of your bond fund?
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.
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 do TIPS Work?
Find out how TIPS pay interest, the mechanices of TIPS' principal adjustment, and the potential risks of investing in TIPS.
The Difference Between Budget Deficits and...
Debt vs. Deficits: an explanation of the difference between a country's budget deficit and total debt, plus helpful links and historical perspective.
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 Many Bond Funds Should You Own?
Do you own too many bond funds? For most investors, it's easy to achieve your objectives with anywhere from one to three bond funds. Find out how to avoid confusing quantity with diversification.
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.
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 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 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.
Should You Buy the Best Performing Bond Funds?
Investors often use past performance as their main criterion for choosing a bond fund, but there's much more to picking a fund than simply looking at its historical returns.
2013 Bond Market Outlook
The 2014 Bond Market Outlook is now available here.
Understanding Callable Bonds
Some bonds have an unusual feature that allows the issuer to
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 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.
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.
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.
Investing in Zero Coupon Bonds and Bond Funds
Zero-coupon bond funds and ETFs can be much riskier than individual zero-coupon bonds. Find out the key differences between the two, and determine whether funds or individual zeroes are the better options.
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.
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 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.
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?
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 to Bet Against the Bond Market
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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 Discount Rate?
Find out how the Federal Reserve's discount rate works, the impact of the discount rate on the economy, and how the discount rate differs from the fed funds rate.
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.
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.
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?
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.
How to Allocate Your Investments Among Stocks,...
What factors should you consider in determining your appropriate allocation to stocks, bonds, and cash?
The Risks of High Yield Bonds
What are the risks of high yield bonds? Learn more about the risks of high yield bonds, and the difference between the risk of individual high yield bonds compared to high yield bond funds and ETFs.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Should You Invest in Hedged High Yield Bond ETFs?
Hedged high yield bonds ETFs sound good on paper, but there are many reasons why a hedged approach is an inefficient way to invest in high yield bonds.
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.
Should You Buy Vanguard Total Bond Market Index...
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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.
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?
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 Are Green Bonds?
Green Bond primer: What are green bonds, who issues them, and how can individuals invest in these new securities?
The Risks of Money Market Funds
Learn more about the risks of money market funds, and whether investors are correct in seeing money market funds as ultra-safe, low risk savings vehicles.
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.
When to Sell a Bond Fund
When is the appropriate time to sell a bond fund? Here are five signs that it's time to sell your bond fund and move on.
What to Own – and What to Avoid –...
Six investments to consider - and three to avoid - for a bond bear market.
Why Low Yields Pressure Bond Market Returns
Low bond yields don't just equate to lower income for investors; they also indicate that bonds now have less long-term total return potential.
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.
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?
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?
Bond Market Data Resources
Finding quality bond market data takes some digging, but there's plenty out there if you know where to look. Here are some of the best free resources on the web for current and historical bond market data.
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.
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.
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?
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?
Does Diversification Actually Reduce Risk?
Diversification can help reduce risk, but its effectiveness in doing so depends on the way you diversify. Learn the common mistakes investors make when trying to achieve portfolio diversification.
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 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.
Why is Bad News about Ukraine Good News for...
What is the flight to quality, and how can you profit when it takes place?
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.
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