Bonds Articles

  • I Savings Bonds

    An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on I Savings Bonds--government bonds that pay both a fixed interest rate and an adjustable interest rate that corresponds with the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI).

  • Where Credit Is Due: A Look at the Ratings

    There are many factors that individuals must consider when making investments in fixed-income securities. Current bond yields, current bond prices, and current as well as future interest rates all may have a big impact on the return of a fixed-income investment.

  • Offbeat Offerings: Mortgage-Backed Securities

    An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on mortgage-backed securities, in particular pass-through securities backed by Ginnie Mae, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • Offbeat Offerings: Credit Union CDs

    An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is on credit union CDs, which often offer higher rates than other CDs.

  • Laddered Bond Portfolios

    An investor reference for products that are not your typical offering. This issue's focus is on building a bond ladder.

  • Convertible Bonds

    An investor reference for products that are not your typical offerings. This issue's focus is bonds that can be converted into common stock.

  • Munis vs. Taxables: How to Determine the Taxable Equivalent Yield

    Munis offer income that is sheltered from federal taxes, but at yields that are typically lower than taxable bonds. How do you compare bonds yields that receive different tax treatments? A relatively simple formula puts the yields on an equal tax footing.

  • How to Buy Individual Bonds: A Fixed-Income Toolkit

    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.