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Annette Thau

author Image Annette Thau is the author of “The Bond Book, Third Edition: Everything Investors Need to Know About Treasuries, Municipals, GNMAs, Corporates, Zeros, Bond Funds, Money Market Funds, and More” (McGraw-Hill, 2010). Annette has also written more than 20 articles for the AAII Journal.

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Books: The Bond Book: Everything Investors Need to Know About Treasuries, Municipals, GNMAs, Corporates, Zeros, Bond Funds, Money Market Funds, and More,” “Poetry and Anti-Poetry: A Study of Max Jacob's Poetic Style

E-Mail:  athau1@earthlink.net

Annette Thau is a former municipal bond analyst for the Chase Manhattan Bank and a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She has written more than 20 articles about the bond market for the AAIIJournal and has lectured to groups nationwide. In November 2009, she was a featured speaker at AAII's Investor Conference.

Annette earned a Ph.D. in French literature from Columbia University and taught courses in French language and literature at the college level. Her first book was a study of the poetry of Max Jacob, a friend and collaborator of Picasso and Apollinaire. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and she has received numerous awards including a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and University Fellowships from Columbia University.

Annette wrote “The Bond Book” to fill a need for a book that would explain bonds and the bond market in clear language that could be understood by any individual investor. The book has been a perennial best seller since its first edition, published in 1990. Its third edition, fully revised and updated, was released in November 2010.

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  1. Bonds »

    What You Need to know About Investing in Municipal Bonds

    Munis deserve their popularity among individual investors. They are sound and relatively uncomplicated instruments. Nonetheless, buying individual municipal bonds is not quite as simple as buying Treasuries.

    October 2002 | Journal

  2. Mutual Funds »

    What You Need to Know About Investing in Bond Mutual Funds

    While bond funds share a number of characteristics with individual bonds, they should not be viewed as interchangeable investments. Indeed, bond funds differ from individual bonds in some important respects.

    July 2002 | Journal

  3. Bonds »

    Investing in U.S. Treasuries and the Treasury Direct Program

    Treasuries have a number of features that make them extremely attractive to individual investors. And if you buy through Treasury Direct, you eliminate all commission costs as well as any cost for maintaining an account.

    April 2002 | Journal

  4. Features »

    Bond Basics: An Investor's Guide to the Many Meanings of Yield

    Bond Basics: An Investor´s Guide to the Many Meanings of Yield Bonds: The term "yield" can be confusing to investors because it has a number of different meanings. Even more confusing is the fact that these meanings are not directly comparable for individual bonds and for bond funds.

    January 2002 | Journal

  5. Features »

    Bond Investing Basics: Why Bond Prices Go Up and Down

    Bonds: Since the late 1970s, changes in the interest rate environment have become the greatest single determinant of bond returns, and managing interest rate risk has become the most critical variable in the management of bond portfolios.

    November 2001 | Journal

  6. Features »

    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.

    June 2001 | Journal

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    Why Bond Prices Go Up and Down

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    Why Bond Prices Go Up and Down

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