Bonds FAQs

  1. Is it possible to short sell a bond?

  2. A corporate bond I own has just been called by the issuer. How can a company legally take away my bond? How do these call provisions work?

  3. I have discovered that a bond I am interested in has a sinking fund. What does this mean?

  4. What are "I Bonds" and how can I buy them?

  5. What is the difference between convertible and reverse convertible bonds?

  6. Do long-term bonds have a greater interest rate risk than short-term bonds?

  7. Why do companies issue debt and bonds? Can't they just borrow from the bank?

  8. What are the risks of investing in a bond?

  9. What is a convertible bond?

  10. Do convertible bonds have voting rights?

  11. Why do commercial bills have higher yields than T-bills?

  12. Who are the key players in the bond market?

  13. Does issuing preferred shares offer a tax advantage for corporations?

  14. Why do low interest rates cause investors to shy away from the bond market?

  15. Where does the stock come from when convertible bonds are converted to stock?

  16. If different bond markets use different day-count conventions, how do I know which one is used in any particular market?

  17. Where can I get bond market quotes?

  18. Are high-yield bonds better investments than low-yield bonds?

  19. Can a bond be traded over-the-counter?

  20. Can a bond have a negative yield?

  21. What are 'death spiral' convertible bonds?

  22. What does it mean when a bond has a put option?

  23. Can a church issue a bond?

  24. What is the difference between a zero-coupon bond and a regular bond?

  25. How does a person gain from an investment?

  26. Why do companies issue 100-year bonds?

  27. Why do longer term CDs pay a higher rate than the short-term CDs?

  28. My family owns an old railroad bond from 1938. Is there any way to find out whether this still has any value?

  29. Why doesn't the price of a callable bond exceed its call price when interest rates are falling?

  30. What constitutes an "intention to call a debt instrument before maturity" for tax purposes?

  31. Is there a limit to how many stocks and/or bonds an interested investor can buy?

  32. How do central banks inject money into the economy?

  33. How should I estimate my income from fixed sources like bonds, CDs and stocks?

  34. Is there such a thing as a foolproof stock-picking strategy?

  35. Can private corporations issue convertible bonds?

  36. Calculate the total return of the municipal bond described below.

  37. What is the quickest, easiest and cheapest way to buy a bond?

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