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...]

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...]

How to Gauge the Interest Rate Sensitivity of Bonds and Bond Funds

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By Matt Tucker, CFA iSharesBlog.com Today I want to take a step back from the markets and talk about one of the fundamental concepts in fixed income investing: interest rate sensitivity.  Namely, what happens to the price of a bond or bond fund … [Read more...]

Financial Bonds have Lower Default Rates AND Higher Yields. Here’s Why.

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The corporate bond market is split roughly in half between financial issuers (such as banks, brokerage firms, insurers etc) and non-financial issuers. As of the first quarter of 2012, there were $4.8 trillion in financial and $5.2 trillion dollars of … [Read more...]