Bond Investing

Bonds and Your Financial Plan and Your Investment Plan

Bonds are the underappreciated second cousins to their more sexy equity counterparts. However, bonds make up a critical part of any legitimate investment plan, and sometimes may be better at achieving your objective. Part of the problem with bonds is that they are more difficult to understand, largely because they come in so many varieties and with some many different options. Even the bond market itself is difficult for an outsider to decipher. These articles will walk you through what you need to know. Then, I'll show you how to use bonds in your strategy.

There are several different types of bonds and almost as many ways to divide them into groups or asset classes.

Dividing bonds into government bonds and corporate bonds is one major classification. Government bonds can be further broken into U.S. government bonds and municipal bonds. Municipal bonds are issued by state and local governments. U.S. Government bonds can be further split into Treasuries, issued by the United States Deparment of the Treasury and backed by the full faith and credit of the United States, and agencies, which are bonds issued by specific U.S. government agencies.

Current Bond Articles

Other Bond Information

  • The Bond Market - This Ain't No Stock Market
  • How To Calculate Yield To Maturity For Bonds
  • How to Buy and Sell Bonds
  • Corporate Bonds - A Futile Attempt to Explain All the Variations
  • Bond Ratings - Why Are They So Moody?

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