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...]

Interest Rates Have Moved Higher: What That Means for Bond Investors

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(August 21st, 2012) Over the last 30 days we have seen the yield on the 10 Year treasury note move from below 1.40% to the current level of 1.81%.  Here's how that has affected bond investors.   Long Term Government Bonds One of the most … [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...]