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Bond Market Investing

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Municipal bonds have long been a favorite of those who fall into high tax brackets, as the favorable treatment of dividend and principal payments can translate into an impressive taxable equivalent yield. These debt instruments are issued by state governments and local municipalities, and are generally supported by either the taxing power of the or the revenues expected to be derived from a particular project. Since state and local governments do not regularly default on their obligations, the risk associated with municipal bonds has historically been very low. While skyrocketing unemployment rates and plummeting property values ...
of which the size of the outstanding U.S. bond market debt was $31.2 trillion according to BIS (or alternatively $34.3 trillion according to SIFMA ). 1 Nearly all of the $822 billion average daily trading volume in the U.S. bond market 2 takes place between broker-dealers and large institutions in a decentralized, over-the-counter (OTC) market. However, a small number of bonds, primarily corporate, are listed on exchanges . References to the "bond market" usually refer to the government bond market, because of its size, liquidity, lack of credit risk and, therefore, sensitivity to interest rates . Because of the ...
The Strategic Bond Investor: Strategies and Tools to Unlock the ...
helps to explain the mysteries of the bond market and even offers tips on how to forecast interest rates. Sign me up--I can always learn something new!" --Bill Gross, Managing Director at Pacific Investment Management Company Bond investing can be every bit as exciting and profitable as "playing the stock market." The Strategic Bond Investor is the first book to approach fixed-income investing from an equity-style perspective. This fast-paced book provides readers with helpful tips, tools, and strategies for tracking market sentiment, spotting market extremes, analyzing volume and liquidity, and dozens of other ... market research, surveys and trends
Guide to Investing in Bonds: Part 2 – Understanding Risks
Remember the cardinal rule of bonds: When interest rates fall, bond prices rise, and when interest rates rise, bond prices fall. Interest rate risk is the risk that changes in interest rates in the U.S. or the world may reduce (or increase) the market value of a bond you hold. Interest rate risk—also referred to as market risk—increases the longer you hold a bond. Let’s look at the risks inherent in rising interest rates. If you bought a 10-year, $1,000 bond today at a coupon rate of 4 percent, and interest rates rise to 6 percent, two things can happen. Say you need to sell your 4 percent bond prior to maturity. In ... market research, surveys and trends


FINRA - NASD's Fully Implemented "TRACE" Brings Unprecedented ...
In what may be the most significant innovation benefiting retail bond investors in decades, NASD today begins full dissemination of transaction and price data on the entire universe of corporate bonds – which currently number approximately 29,000. Full implementation of NASD’s TRACE – for Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine – means real-time dissemination of transaction and price data for 99 percent of corporate bond trades. The remaining one percent of trades, which are being reported on a delayed basis, involve infrequently traded bonds that almost exclusively involve dealers and institutional ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Protect Your IRA
The stock market has been an on-going disaster for average savers and investors for decades. It ranges from difficult to impossible to earn decent returns from the stock market in spite of all the hype you read and hear from financial planners and Wall Street. There are a variety of reasons for this, discussed in much more depth in the footnote below*. But on the other hand, CDs, money market funds, savings accounts etc. will cause a drastic loss in your purchasing power because the rates of return won't nearly offset the effects of inflation and taxes (even when the taxes are deferred until retirement through your IRA). So ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Fixed Income Investing - Fixed Income Mutual Funds
Over the past few weeks we have been discussing investing in fixed income securities directly, however for a fixed income investor who wants to diversify his or her fixed income holdings, it may be difficult to effectively do this, as the minimum requirements to invest in each fixed income security may be prohibitive, or the investor may not have the time or the expertise to conduct research into each fixed income security. One way to overcome these obstacles is to invest in a fixed income mutual fund. A fixed income mutual fund collects money from a group of investors and then places the fund into a shared pool. A fund manager ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Van Eck Launches Market Vectors(TM) Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF
NEW YORK, Jul 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- New York-based asset manager Van Eck Global has launched Market Vectors Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (NYSE Arca: EMLC), the first U.S.-listed exchange-traded fund (ETF) designed to provide investors with exposure to an index that tracks a basket of bonds issued in local currencies by emerging market governments. The Fund has a gross expense ratio of 0.60 percent and net expense ratio of 0.49 percent. EMLC seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of J.P. Morgan ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


Adventures in Investing
Lesson Three: Bond Market Investing. 15.95. Lesson Four: Dynamics of the Market and Market timing. 15.95. Lesson Five: Asset Allocation ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Invest Wisely: Mutual Funds
Over the past decade, American investors increasingly have turned to mutual funds to save for retirement and other financial goals. Mutual funds can offer the advantages of diversification and professional management. But, as with other investment choices, investing in mutual funds involves risk. And fees and taxes will diminish a fund's returns. It pays to understand both the upsides and the downsides of mutual fund investing and how to choose products that match your goals and tolerance for risk. This brochure explains the basics of mutual fund investing — how mutual funds work, what factors to consider before ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Introduction to Stock Market Investment
Entertaining whodunit where the hero is a bond trader and the motivation for murder a rather lucrative international bond scam. The author has a background in Fund Management and keeps his financial facts straight. " Reminiscences of a Stock Operator " by Edwin Lefevre (1923, 1994) A fictionalized biography of Jesse Livermore, one of the greatest speculators of the century. Still, after seventy years, this a book widely read by traders, investors. and speculators. " Trading Reality " by Michael Ridpath (1998) Again the hero is a bond trader and the description of the virtual reality landscape of the International Bond Market in ...
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What are the trade offs between investing in bonds vs bond funds?
Bond funds give you more diversity, which insulates you from the failure of any one particular bond.  But because of the management overhead, it costs a little money. If you really know the bond market, you can do better with individual bonds.  if you're just interested in having your capital preserved and a little income, go with the fund.  by troyboy on Aug 03 2007 (36 months ago)  Best Answer Official Rating The biggest difference between owning individual bonds and a bond fund is that it can be cheaper to buy individual bonds.  For example, it is very inexpensive to ...