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Bond Investing Basics – A Brief Overview To Bond Investments

Introduction       You may have heard of the term “bond” at least once in your life. From bail bonds to savings bonds, treasuries to municipalities, corporate bonds, convertible bonds – just to name a few. But what are they? How do they work? Are they safe and should this be an asset that…

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Bond Market vs Stock Market – Which Do You Prefer?

Introduction     Stocks and Bonds. They are considered to be the holy grail in terms of the world of investing – but what are they exactly? How are they any different? What are their similarities? Risks? Benefits? There are a plethora of questions that must be running through your mind as we speak as…

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Characteristics Of Bonds – What Are Bonds Made Of?

Introduction     So we have already established the basics of bonds, what they are and what they could mean for you as you start the process of building out your portfolio. Now is the time to take this knowledge one step further as we explore the components and characteristics of bonds. – as these…

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Why Do Bond Prices Change? – Key Factors That Affect Bond Price

Introduction     Why do bond prices change? In the US economy, you will notice that the market for any asset for that matter, will change on a dime. Granted, bonds are not as liquid or volatile as stocks – but what exactly causes the price to change every, hour, minute, and second. In this…

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Bond Ratings Explained – Interpreting The Bond Rating System

Introduction       Rating Agencies help investors assess the degree of credit risk of various bond issuers. Prime examples of Rating Agencies includes the Standard and Poor (S&P), Fitch Ratings and Moody’s Credit Survey. Ratings help the issuers determine the coupon rate and yield and in turn, help investors understand the risks that are…

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How To Purchase A Bond – Important Guidelines To Follow

Introduction     So at this point you’re probably beginning to think that maybe you would like to invest in bonds but are a little unsure of how to proceed since, investing for the first time can be a little daunting at first glance. In this lesson, I am going to show how to purchase…

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Individual Bonds vs Bond Funds – Which Is Better?

Introduction   When novice investors take a look to invest in the bond market, they have the choice to invest in a variety of fixed incomes assets – with individual bonds and bond funds being the most popular for an investor’s fixed income portfolio. So Individual bonds vs Bond funds – which one will be…

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Primary Versus Secondary Markets – The Life Of A Bond

Introduction     Many investors may have a rudimentary knowledge of the time and effort placed into creating a bond to be issued to the public to lend to authoritative entities such as governments, municipalities, and corporations. But just how exactly are bonds’ created? Who creates the key components of each individual bond such as…

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