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By Thomas Kenny

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    • The Difference between Yield and Total Return Created: Sunday, November 04, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      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 fluctu...
    • Bonds and the Economy Created: Monday, December 19, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
      Economic trends are one the key drivers of bond market performance, but the economy affects different types of bonds in different ways. Learn more about the links between bonds and the economy."
    • 2013 Bond Market Outlook Created: Sunday, December 02, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
      The 2014 Bond Market Outlook is now available here.
    • How to Use Mutual Fund Flow Data to Make Better Decisions Created: Friday, April 11, 2014 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Cash flows in and out of mutual funds and exchange-traded funds can be a useful tool for investors - providing you know how to use them.
    • What are Asset Backed Securities (ABS)? Created: Saturday, August 11, 2012 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Asset backed securities, or ABS: find out the risks, return characteristics, history, and definition, and how they can play a role in your portfolio.
    • Secured Bonds vs. Unsecured Bonds Created: Friday, September 06, 2013 Updated: Friday, April 11, 2014
      Bonds can be either secured or unsecured. See the definition, differences, and risk and yield characteristics of these two types of bonds.
    • The Relationship Between Risk and Yield in the Bond Market Created: Wednesday, August 08, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      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.
    • Stocks vs. Bonds: The Long-Term Performance Data Created: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      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.
    • Overview of 2014 First Quarter Bond Market Performance Created: Monday, March 31, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, April 08, 2014
      The definitive first quarter 2014 bond market performance overview: 1Q return data, factors that helped bonds' performance, Fed policy, and outlook.
    • Does Investing in International Bonds Really Provide Diversification? Created: Sunday, April 06, 2014 Updated: Sunday, April 06, 2014
      Does investing in international bonds provide diversification? Learn how international bonds can help you diversify your portfolio, and where they fail.
    • The Difference Between Coupon and Yield to Maturity Created: Saturday, September 01, 2012 Updated: Friday, March 28, 2014
      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.
    • Historical Calendar Year Returns for U.S. Treasuries Created: Monday, March 24, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 24, 2014
      The historical performance of U.S. Treasuries: calendar year returns for the 10-year note for each year since 1991, with historical context.
    • Corporate Bonds: Historical Calendar Year Performance Created: Friday, January 10, 2014 Updated: Monday, March 24, 2014
      See year-by-year, calendar year total returns for investment-grade bonds from 1994 to 2013, plus their relative performance vs. the broader bond market.
    • Current Federal Reserve Policy: A Layperson's Explanation Created: Friday, May 03, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      Learn about all aspects of current Federal Reserve policy regarding interest rates and quantitative easing. What would lead to a change in Fed policy?
    • When Will the Fed Raise Rates? Created: Friday, March 08, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      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.
    • Why China Will Buy Fewer U.S. Treasuries in the Years Ahead Created: Friday, March 14, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      China is the largest buyer of U.S. Treasuries, but changes in China's economy may change that. What are the implications for the U.S. bond market?
    • Two Factors to Consider Before Selling Your Bond Funds Created: Monday, March 03, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      Talk of a bear market has many investors nervous about their bond investments. But before you sell your bond funds, here are two things to consider.
    • Municipal Bonds Belong in a Taxable Account, Not an IRA or 401(k) Created: Monday, March 03, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      Holding municipal bonds in a retirement account such as an IRA or a 401(k) makes no sense. Find out how to maximize the tax benefits of munis.
    • Checkwriting on Short-Term Bond Funds: The Factors to Consider Created: Monday, March 03, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      Many short-term bond funds offer check writing privileges, which provides added liquidity, but there's one key drawback to consider.
    • Historical Calendar Year Performance of International Bonds Created: Monday, March 03, 2014 Updated: Wednesday, March 19, 2014
      The historical, calendar year total returns for international bonds vs. domestic investment-grade bonds, with an explanation of relative performance.
    • The Difference Between Deflation and Disinflation Created: Monday, March 03, 2014 Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014
      Deflation vs. disinflation: the difference between the two, and what each means for the economy and financial market performance.
    • Should You Buy an Unconstrained Bond Fund? Created: Sunday, August 11, 2013 Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014
      What are unconstrained bond funds such as PIMCO Total Return Bond Fund? How to choose an unconstrained bond fund, and how they fit in your portfolio.
    • Who are the Largest Foreign Owners of U.S. Debt? Created: Wednesday, February 08, 2012 Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014
      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 Much U.S. Debt Does China Own? Created: Thursday, September 15, 2011 Updated: Friday, March 14, 2014
      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?
    • Global, International, and Emerging Market Bond ETFs: The Complete, Updated List Created: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014
      See the complete, updated list of international, global, and emerging market bond ETFs, sorted by category.
    • Bond ETFs: The Complete, Updated List Created: Wednesday, February 01, 2012 Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014
      The complete, updated list of bond exchange-traded funds (ETFs), sorted by category.
    • What is the Default Rate? Created: Monday, October 15, 2012 Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014
      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.
    • Actively Managed Bond ETFs: The Complete, Updated List Created: Sunday, February 17, 2013 Updated: Thursday, March 06, 2014
      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.
    • Stocks and Bonds, Calendar Year Performance 1980-2013 Created: Wednesday, May 09, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
      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?
    • Should You Own Bonds in an IRA? Created: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
      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?
    • 11 Types of Bonds Created: Friday, November 02, 2012 Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
      Learn about 11 types of bonds, from low-risk options such as savings bonds to higher-risk investments such as high yield and emerging market bonds.
    • Should You Buy Morningstar's 5-Star Funds? Created: Monday, February 24, 2014 Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014
      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.

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