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Bond Basics for Individuals: A Guide to Buying and Selling

In the bond markets, individual investors--even the wealthy--are all little guys. To protect your own interests, if you want to buy individual bonds you need to become an informed investor. Read more »

Bond Market Strategies for a Rising Rate Environment

February 2005 by Annette Thau
Bonds: The current "consensus" is that short-term interest rates are likely to rise. That leaves many questions open, including what, if anything, you should do about it. A look at strategies that will serve you best when interest rates are rising. Read more »

How to Buy Individual Bonds: A Fixed-Income Toolkit

February 2008 by Stan Richelson
Once you make the choice to invest in individual bonds, the question is: How do you buy them? Guidelines for evaluating Web sites and locating a bond broker. Read more »

How to Buy Individual Bonds: A Fixed-Income Toolkit

February 2008 by Hildy Richelson
Once you make the choice to invest in individual bonds, the question is: How do you buy them? Guidelines for evaluating Web sites and locating a bond broker. Read more »

Turmoil in the Marketplace: What's Going on With Municipals?

May 2008 by Annette Thau
Losses from the current credit market crisis have affected bond insurance firms--firms that guarantee municipal bonds--and placed the entire municipal bond market under a cloud. There has been little clarity about how the problems affect the bonds under guarantee. Shedding some light on what's going on in the muni markets. Read more »

TIPS for Inflation-Proofing Your Portfolio: A Guide to Inflation-Indexed Securities

February 2004 by Annette Thau
Treasury Inflation-Indexed Securities (TIPS) were introduced in 1997, and designed so that principal and interest payments would be protected against inflation. Are these right for you? A look at TIPS, TIPS funds, and I savings bonds. Read more »

Foreign Interest: A Closer Look at the International Bond Markets

May 2004 by Annette Thau
Bonds: Over the past few years, returns from all types of international bonds have ranged from good to spectacular. As always after good returns from a sector, the question arises: Is there still a case to be made for investing in international bonds? Read more »

Climbing the Ladder: How to Manage Risk in Your Bond Portfolio

July 2004 by Steven Bohlin
Bonds: Staggering the maturities in your bond portfolio can efficiently balance interest rate risk and reinvestment risk. How to create a bond ladder. Read more »

Are Junk Bonds for You? A Look at High-Yield Bonds

October 2003 by Annette Thau
One-year returns of junk bond funds averaged 20% in 2003 after a two-year slump, tracking the stock market rebound. Is now a good time for indviduals to invest in this sector? Read more »

Putting Together a Portfolio of Municipal Bond Investments

February 2003 by Annette Thau
Any decision you make about fixed-income investments regarding maturities will involve trade-offs between the amount of income generated by your portfolio and the risk to the value of principal. Read more »

How to Buy International Bonds and Funds

August 2004 by Annette Thau
Bonds: Although not a must-have category, individuals with very large bond portfolios may choose to invest a small portion in the international bond area. How do you accomplish this? A look at the different options. Read more »

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