Accrued Market Discount – What You Need to Know

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In last week’s article, “10 Intermediate-Term Bonds Yielding Over 4%,” I presented 10 corporate bonds with yields-to-worst and current yields of at least 4%, maturities of less than 10 years, and credit ratings no lower than Ba3/BB-. Moreover, nine … [Read more...]

Do SandRidge Energy bonds yield 6% or 8%?

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One my favorite bond analysts, Rom Badilla of Bondsquawk.com, recently recommended the high yield bonds of Sandridge Energy, a large producer of oil and natural gas. However, a person not very familiar with technical terms of the bond market might … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Municipal Bond for Income

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Many investors prefer individual municipal bonds over municipal bond funds.  What attracts them to individual municipal bonds is the income stability and lack of interest rate risk when individual bonds are bought and held to maturity.  (You can … [Read more...]

The “Risk Tolerance” Mistake That Could Lead You To Financial Disaster

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I read a number of great personal finance blogs including the Oblivious Investor written by Michael Piper.  Recently, I found a guest post by him on the Bible Money Matters blog, called How To Determine Your Risk Tolerance.  In the article, he … [Read more...]

Bond Trading – How to Trade Bonds Electronically

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Bond trading is not like trading stocks.  Bond trading technology and access has not developed as quickly as other markets. Electronic platforms with real time quotes which are the standard in other markets are the exception in the bond market. What … [Read more...]

Electronic Muni Bond Trading: Better than 2 Cans on a String

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In order to research an upcoming piece on which broker has the best bond research, I opened small accounts at the 4 largest electronic brokers, each with $1000.  Because the process is easier for personal accounts than it is for company accounts, I … [Read more...]