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  1. Fixed-income trader: job description and salary

    Understand what kind of skills, necessary licenses, and daily activities are needed as the requirements and find out what ...
  2. How to compare the yields of different bonds

    Understand how to compare the yields of different bonds and find out how to equalize and compare fixed-income investments ...
  3. Common interview questions for fixed-income traders

    Discover a list of potential questions and answers commonly asked in job interviews for a candidate applying for a position ...
  4. Portfolio immunization versus cash flow matching

    Understand how portfolio immunization are compared to cash flow matching, when taking an asset-liability management (ALM) ...
  5. An Introduction To Depositary Receipts

    Learn about depositary receipts, which are securities that allow you to invest in a foreign company through your local exchange. ...
  6. Introduction to Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS)

    Learn how U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) can be easy and highly beneficial to your portfolio. They are ...
  7. Using Decision Trees in Finance

    Decision trees are a major tool that can be used in corporate finance and economic forecasting. Discover how binomial trees ...
  8. Callable Bonds: Leading a Double Life

    Learn the difference between a normal bond and a callable bond. Discover five things you must know before investing and why ...
  9. Corporate Bonds: An Introduction to Credit Risk

    Understand how corporate bonds often offer higher yields, and discover how it is important to evaluate the risk, including ...
  10. Understanding Interest Rates, Inflation And Bonds

    Get to know the relationships that determine a bond's price and its payout.
  11. An Introduction to Commercial Paper

    Commercial paper, a type of interest collecting promissory note, is a short-term instrument that can be a viable alternative ...
  12. 4 Types Of Money Market Yields

    Learn to calculate, and discover the difference between the 4 types of yields; bank discount yield, holding period yield, ...
  13. Asset-Backed and Mortgage-Backed Securities: An Introduction

    Learn more about the structure of asset-and mortgage-backed securities, securities backed by pools of mortgage or non-mortgage ...
  14. Perpetual Bonds: An Overview

    A perpetual bond makes interest payments to the investor forever, which sounds great at first, but for both the issuer and ...
  15. Convertible bonds: pros and cons for companies and investors

    Understand what effect convertible bonds have on investors and companies. Find out the advantages, disadvantages, and what ...
  16. The advantages of bonds

    Bonds contribute an element of stability to almost any portfolio and offer a safe and conservative investment.
  17. 4 basic things to know about bonds

    Learn the basic lingo of bonds to unveil familiar market dynamics and open to the door to becoming a competent bond investor.
  18. Bearer bonds: From popular to prohibited

    These coupon bonds are transferable, negotiable and anonymous — so why aren't they sold in the U.S.?
  19. CDs versus bonds: Which is the better investment?

    When choosing between CDs and bonds, investors who seek to maximize their returns but also want a large measure of safety ...
  20. The Reasons Why China Buys U.S. Treasury Bonds

    China has been accumulating US debt for many decades. Here's why it continues to do so, and the risks and benefits of this ...
  21. Money Market Accounts or CDs: Which Investment is Better?

    Find out which short-term savings vehicle, a money market accounts (MMA) or a certificate of deposits (CDs), is a better ...
  22. An Introduction to Convertible Bonds

    Getting caught up in all the details and intricacies of convertible bonds can make them appear more complex than they really ...
  23. Taxation Rules for Bond Investors

    To sum-up there are three types of bonds: government bonds, municipal bonds, and corporate bonds. Find out how each of these ...
  24. Bond yield curve holds predictive powers

    This measure can shed light on future economic activity, inflation levels and interest rates.
  25. The Treasury and the Federal Reserve

    Find out how these two agencies create policies to manage the economy and keep it on an even keel.
  26. All about zero coupon bonds

    Learn everything you always wanted to know about these debt instruments, which pay no interest until maturity.
  27. 5 places to keep your money when you don’t trust banks

    Here's a list of places people can safely keep their money when they don't trust the banks to manage it for them.
  28. Understand the security types of corporate bonds

    Any investor should be aware of the different security types regarding corporate bonds as well as the direct correlation ...
  29. Preferred stocks versus bonds: How to choose

    What is the difference between corporate bonds and preferred stock? A list of pros and cons for each investment.
  30. Interest Rates and Your Bond Investments

    By understanding the factors that influence interest rates, you can learn to anticipate their movement and profit from it.
  31. Time to cash in your U.S. savings bonds?

    If your U.S. Savings Bonds are dated 1984 or earlier, they've reached maturity and have stopped paying interest. Cash them ...
  32. How to Create a Modern Fixed-Income Portfolio

    Exposure to different asset classes is required to generate income, reduce risk and beat inflation. Find out how bonds can ...
  33. Why stocks outperform bonds

    Why have stocks historically produced higher returns than bonds? It's all a matter of risk.
  34. Preferred stocks: A primer

    Offering both income and relative security, these uncommon shares may work for you.
  35. What is the OIS LIBOR spread, and what is it for?

    When the LIBOR-OIS spread rises significantly, it represents the worry that banks might not be able to pay down even their ...
  36. How To Invest In Corporate Bonds

    Understand the basics of corporate bonds to increase your chances of positive returns.
  37. How to Profit From Investing in Failing Company Debt

    Learn about the vulture funds that prey on the weakest companies by investing in their bonds.
  38. Municipal Bonds Vs. Money Market Funds

    Municipal bonds are a loan from you to a state or local government or authority; money market funds are a type of mutual ...
  39. The Basics Of Municipal Bonds

    Investing in municipal bonds may offer a tax-free income stream, but such bonds are not without risks. Check out types of ...
  40. Top 4 strategies for managing a bond portfolio

    Learn more about popular passive, quasi-passive, immunization and active bond strategies for managing bond portfolio – and ...
  41. Municipal bond tips for the Series 7 exam

    Learn to distinguish between general obligation and revenue bonds to ace the municipal bonds portion of the Series 7 exam.
  42. The barbell investment strategy

    The barbell strategy is standard conventional wisdom offered regarding modern portfolio theory, to strike an acceptable balance ...
  43. An introduction to OIS discounting

    Learn how OIS discounting has become part of standard valuation techniques, particularly in an uncertain, post-recession ...
  44. The Impact of an Inverted Yield Curve

    Understand how the relationship between short- and long-term interest rates contributes to an inverted yield curve – a noteworthy ...
  45. Introduction to Treasury Securities

    Purchasing Treasury securities backed by the U.S. government and knowing their characteristics can provide a steady guaranteed ...
  46. Plain Vanilla Bonds: Why They May Be Best

    In a low-rate environment, it's tempting to go for higher yield bonds, but be careful.
  47. How to Prepare for Rising Interest Rates

    Get to know the basic, time-tested strategies that any investor or trader can use to prepare and profit in a rising interest ...
  48. How Bonds Are Vital to a Successful Portfolio

    While bonds are a vital part of an investment portfolio, they are often ignored.
  49. Use duration and convexity to measure bond risk

    Find out how duration and convexity measures can help fixed-income investors manage risks such as interest rate sensitivity ...
  50. How Bond Market Pricing Works

    Want to know how bond price are determined? Learn the basic rule of the bond market.
  51. Simple Math for Fixed-Coupon Corporate Bonds

    A guide to help to understand the simple math behind fixed-coupon corporate bonds.
  52. Muni Bonds vs. Taxable Bonds and CDs

    Here's how to tell if municipal bonds are a better investment than taxable bonds or CDs.
  53. The Issuance Procedure of High-Yield Bonds

    The issuance of corporate high-yield bonds can have several advantages over equity. A closer look.
  54. Six biggest bond risks

    Bonds can be a great tool to generate income, but investors need to be aware of the pitfalls and risks of holding corporate ...
  55. Why Companies Issue Bonds

    When companies need to raise money, issuing bonds is one way to do it. A bond functions as a loan between an investor and ...
  56. Interest Rates Explained: Nominal, Real, Effective

    Interest rates are divided into subcategories. Smart investors look beyond the nominal or coupon rate of a bond or loan to ...
  57. How Quantitative Easing Affects the Labor Market

    The Federal Reserve's unprecedented quantitative easing (QE) program impacted many areas, including the labor market, but ...
  58. Can Puerto Rico Default on Its Debt?

    How did Puerto Rico amass so much debt, and what happens if it defaults?
  59. The Fed's Tools for Influencing the Economy

    The economy can be volatile when left to its own devices. Find out how the Fed smoothes things out.
  60. Bond Portfolios: Keeping Rate Hikes in Context

    The Fed's series of rate hikes has bond investors wondering how they should respond.
  61. How Rising Interest Rates and Inflation Affect Bonds

    Understand bonds better with these four basic factors.
  62. Why Investors Should Use Duration to Compare Bonds

    Duration is a helpful metric that determines a bond's sensitivity to interest rates.
  63. Understanding Social Impact Bonds

    Social impact bonds are powerful investment vehicles for the solving of social issues in a sustainable fashion.
  64. Green Bonds: Fixed Returns to Fix The Planet

    Fixed-income investors are no longer left out of the green investing revolution.
  65. How to Invest in Green Bonds

    If you want to invest in a socially responsible way, green bonds may be for you. And as the market grows retail investment ...
  66. Understanding the New 'T' Shares

    "T" stands for "transaction," and these mutual fund shares, designed to fulfill the fiduciary rule, promise to be a money-saving ...
  67. Why Didn't Quantitative Easing Lead to Hyperinflation?

    Hyperinflation is an exponential rise in prices and tends to occur not when countries print too much money, but is instead ...
  68. Is It Possible to Create Tax-Free Income for Life?

    Here's why investors should consider municipal bonds to create a tax-free income stream.
  69. How to Manage Risk With Bonds in Your Portfolio

    Bonds are not immune to risk, so be sure to diversify your portfolio with proper asset allocation.
  70. How Investors Can Prepare for a Bond Bear Market

    Fixed-income bond investors need to prepare for the upcoming bear market.
  71. Bond Investors: Don't Panic Over Rising Interest Rates

    Both rising and falling interest rates can affect long-term and short-term bond markets.
  72. How To Live Off Your Dividends

    One way to enhance your retirement income is to invest in dividend paying stocks and mutual funds.
  73. Muni Bond Returns Hurt as Rates Rise (NCHRX, PVI)

    Prices are starting to drop as an interest rate hike looms.
  74. How Bond Tents Help Retirees Protect Income

    Bond tents can be a useful tool for retirees to protect their income during a bear market.
  75. Why Bonds Collapse and What You Can Do About It

    Here's why bonds recently crashed and what investors who invest in them can do about it.
  76. The Boldest Bond Fund of them All? (TPINX)

    The Templeton Global Bond Fund is probably not appropriate for investors who shun volatility, but it has provided solid returns ...
  77. The Impact of Low Rates on Your Investments

    These are the effects of low interest rates and Treasury yields on your investments and financial future.
  78. Bonds: A Look at the Returns and Risks of Investing

    A look at the risks, returns and ratings of different types of bonds.
  79. What Are L Bonds and How Do They Work?

    New on the scene, L bonds can provide fixed-income investors with a nice alternative to low-yielding offerings, but come ...
  80. Why Bond Fund Returns Could Fall If Interest Rates Rise

    When the Fed decides to raise interest rates again, bond fund returns could suffer in the short term. But some say the impact ...
  81. What's a Tax-Efficient Investment for a Large Sum?

    Here's how to invest a large sum, such as assets from a profit-sharing plan, with a mind toward tax efficiency.
  82. U.S. Savings Bonds: Best Long-term Bond Investment Available?

    A 20-year Series EE savings bond pays more interest than a 20-year Treasury bond. So are government-issued long-term bonds ...
  83. How Rising Interest Rates Impact Bond Portfolios

    A look at the impact that changing interest rates - rising or falling - have on bonds and what investors need to consider. ...
  84. Are Junk Bonds the New Equities?

    Many investors have begun to treat junk bonds like stocks. Is this a sound strategy?
  85. Has the U.S. Treasuries Bubble Started to Pop?

    The sell-off represents the highest interest rate level since June, and some see it as a sign that the rally in bond prices ...
  86. Understanding Bond Prices and Yields

    Understanding this relationship can help an investor in any market.
  87. 3 Places You Can Buy Social Impact Bonds

    Social impact bonds are an innovative security that provides investors with returns and also channels funds to socially beneficial ...
  88. Corporate Bonds: Advantages and Disadvantages

    Corporate bonds can provide compelling returns, even in low-yield environments. But they are not without risk.
  89. VTIBX, DFGBX, PIGLX, TPINX, ANAGX: Top 5 Global Bond Funds

    Learn about the top global bond funds for 2016. See how funds with longer maturities and duration have greater exposure to ...
  90. ONIAX, JSOSX, GBOCX: 3 Top J.P. Morgan Fixed Income Funds

    Find out which of the J.P. Morgan fixed income funds would be the best options to complete a properly diversified bond fund ...
  91. Bill Gross: It's a Xanax Existence for the 99%

    Read about the investment letter from famed bond king Bill Gross for 2016. See how he says the 99% are living a Xanax existence ...
  92. VBMFX: Overview of World's Largest Bond Mutual Fund

    VBMFX: Find out top positions in the world's largest bond fund, the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Fund.
  93. The Negative Rates of Europe's Central Banks

    We are currently seeing negative central bank deposit rates and government and corporate bonds with negative yields, but ...
  94. 4 Cases to Buy If the Stock Market Is at an All-Time High

    Learn about why someone would invest in the stock market, even if it has reached an all-time high. This article will review ...
  95. Fallen Angel Bonds and Rising Stars: Risks and Opportunities

    Junk bonds can be an attractive option for private and institutional investors chasing returns.
  96. 3 Risky, High-Yield Investments

    3 risky high-yield investments for yield-seeking investors with limited options in a low-rate environment.
  97. Are High-Yield Bonds Too Risky?

    Despite their reputation, the debt securities known as "junk bonds" may actually reduce risk in your portfolio.
  98. Retirement Planning: Why Real Rates of Return Matter Most

    Here's how to plot your real rate of return, understand your "personal inflation rate" and safeguard your retirement funds ...
  99. Money Market Accounts with the Highest Interest Rates

    Money market savings accounts can offer higher interest rates than regular or even high-yield bank savings accounts – and ...
  100. Is this USAA Money Market Fund Worth It? (USAXX)

    Learn about the USAA Money Market Fund and understand why it offers safety for short-term investors but leaves much to be ...
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