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What You Need to Know About Fixed-Income Securities

Would you rather be paid a regular, fixed salary where you always know what to expect when it comes to your money? Or, would you prefer to receive more erratic payments that can fluctuate up and down, leaving your income stream unpredictable? The latter may have potential for greater payments, but the former offers consistency […]

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Negative Bond Yields: What’s the Buzz and Should You Be Concerned?

Imagine someone offering you a deal: Pay him $100 now, and he’ll pay you back $90 in two years. You lose $10 in that arrangement — not a great investment, right? And yet, scenarios like that have been playing out all over global bond markets in recent years. It’s what happens when you have bond […]

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Investing in Your Community: How to Buy Municipal Bonds

Did you know public improvement projects like highway repairs, school renovations, sewer system updates, and more can all be affected by the securities in your portfolio? That is, if you invest in municipal bonds — a.k.a. “munis.” If this type of investment piques your interest, but you’re wondering how to buy municipal bonds, read on. […]

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What You Should Know About Treasury Bonds and How to Buy Them

Investing is all about finding a balance between risk and reward. Want to invest in a hot-shot new tech startup? You could make it big — but you could also lose significantly, and that level of risk may not suit your needs and goals. Prefer to keep your capital secure with relatively little risk (in […]

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Investing in Corporate Bonds: Risks and Rewards

Picture this: You’re out to lunch with a friend and the sandwich you chose costs slightly more than the cash you have in your pocket. She spots you, and you promise to pay her back. The next morning, you buy her a fancy soy milk chai latte before work — it costs more than what […]

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Move Over, Stocks. It’s Time to Make Way for Bonds

When it comes to investing, stocks usually get all the love. They make headlines, drive growth, and can often account for big movement in your portfolio. Bonds, on the other hand … well, what exactly are bonds? Millennials of a certain age might instantly think of a savings bond masquerading as a birthday gift from […]

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How to Invest in Bonds: Your Go-To Guide

In the world of investing, bonds may not be the most glamorous asset when compared to a blue-chip stock or tech sector-tracking exchange-traded fund (ETF). But understanding how to invest in bonds —and more importantly, why you should consider adding them to your portfolio — is important for any investor, whether you’re looking to balance […]

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Bond Trading Introduction

As debt securities, bonds can provide excellent diversity to your investment portfolio. They represent money borrowed by a corporation (or government or municipality) to fund expansion, construction, and other growth-related projects. You are the bond investor, who holds an IOU from the borrower indicating you are entitled to recover your money with a specific rate […]

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Buying Corporate Bonds

As the name implies, corporate bonds are issued by a corporation. Unlike municipal bonds, they are taxable. If you buy them in a retirement account, they may offer a relatively high rate of return on a tax-deferred basis. Bonds are debt securities rated by independent agencies and, as you’d imagine, higher-rated bonds tend to yield […]

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Investing in Bonds: A Beginner’s Guide (Part 1)

Depending on your financial goals, time horizon, and risk tolerance, investing in bonds (debt securities) can play a key role in diversifying your portfolio. What is a bond? When corporations, municipalities, governments, and other entities need funding for their major projects, they raise money by issuing bonds to the general public. Think of a bond […]

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