Bonds vs Bond Funds for Income and Portfolio Diversification

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Below is lesson 5 in our Learn Bonds in 15 minutes video course, which coveres bonds vs bond funds for income and portfolio diversification.  You can find the transcript as well as some additional links to resources where you can learn more below … [Read more...]

Reading the Signs in the Current Bond Market

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A challenging time for bond investors By Kathy Jones September 2012 Many people have spent a lifetime building up their savings only to discover that the current low- interest-rate environment doesn’t provide enough income to sustain their … [Read more...]

Convertible Bond Funds: Equity market returns with less risk?

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Convertible bond funds, are bond mutual funds and ETFs that invest in bonds which can be converted into stock at a fixed price.  If the stock does well, convertible bondholders benefit.  On the other hand, if the company goes into bankruptcy, … [Read more...]

3 Income Investing Ideas: Dividend Stocks, High Yield Bonds, MLPs

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(September 2012) While our parents' generation may have expected their retirement to last 10 or 15 years, couples today expect their retirements to last 27 years on average (according to a survey by investment manager BlackRock). The change in … [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...]