Bonds & Fixed Income Education

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  1. The Risks Of Sovereign Bonds

    Sovereign debt can play an important role in providing international diversification to individual investors.
  2. What's Market Risk vs. Equity Risk Premium?

    Read about the differences between equity-risk premium and market-risk premium, two similar concepts that refer to risk-adjusted ...
  3. Why Is My Bond Worth Less Than Face Value?

    Find out how bonds can be issued or traded for less than their listed face values, and learn what causes bond prices to fluctuate ...
  4. How Does Inflation Affect Fixed-Income Investments?

    Inflation can harm fixed-income investments. Find out how to monitor the impact of inflation using common indexes.
  5. What Does Positive Theta Mean for Credit Spreads?

    Learn about the option Greek theta and credit spreads, why credit spreads have positive thetas and what positive thetas signify ...
  6. How Liquid Are Money Market Accounts?

    Learn the characteristics that distinguish money market accounts from checking, savings account and money market funds as ...
  7. Where Can You Find YTD Returns for Benchmarks?

    Discover which financial data providers publish year-to-date benchmark performance. Find out which websites provide YTD price ...
  8. What You Need to Know About Capital Gains and Taxes

    Find out how your profits are taxed and what to consider when making investment decisions.
  9. Why the Energy Stock Selloff May Be Overdone

    A trio of 2018 milestones show that iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD) is now an indispensable investment ...
  10. Cash Vs. Bonds: What to Pick in Times of Uncertainty

    There are benefits and drawbacks of holding cash versus investing in bonds, make sure you make the right decision about how ...
  11. Bond Yield

    Bond yield is the amount of return an investor will realize on a bond, calculated by dividing its face value by the amount ...
  12. Yield to Maturity (YTM)

    Yield to maturity (YTM) is the total return expected on a bond if the bond is held until maturity.
  13. How a First-of-its-Kind Credit ETF Became a Bond Market Stalwart

    A trio of 2018 milestones show that iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD) is now an indispensable investment ...
  14. The Difference Between a Bond's Yield Rate and Its Coupon Rate

    There are differences between a bond's coupon rate and its yield rate. The coupon rate influences market price and the market ...
  15. How Do Open Market Operations (Omos) Affect Bond Prices?

    Find out why OMOs affect bond prices. Learn how the Fed influences money supply and the relationship between interest rates ...
  16. The AGG Family is Growing–Sustainably

    The recently launched iShares ESG U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (EAGG) can help provide a more sustainable way to deliver the risk ...
  17. Why are T-Bills used when determining risk-free rates?

    The risk-free rate is hypothetical, as every investment has some risk associated with it. Treasury bills are the closest ...
  18. Brave Enough to Invest in Greek Bonds? Here's How

    Learn how an individual investor can invest in Greek government bonds, along with an overview of the substantial risks and ...
  19. Money Market

    The money market is a segment of the financial market in which financial instruments with high liquidity and very short maturities ...
  20. Bond

    A bond is a fixed income investment in which an investor loans money to an entity (corporate or governmental) that borrows ...
  21. What Does a Flattening Yield Curve Mean for Investors?

    Charles Schwab's Kathy Jones discusses bonds' flattening yield curve.
  22. Private Equity

    Private equity is a non-publicly traded source of capital from investors who seek to invest or acquire equity ownership in ...
  23. Chart of the Week: Solid Earnings not Enough for Stocks

    Uncertainty over the sustainability of earnings growth is fueling equity market weakness, reinforcing our call for boosting ...
  24. CDs vs. Inflation: Are They Keeping Up?

    Learn how to determine whether the money invested in certificates of deposit (CDs) can keep pace with the rate of inflation ...
  25. Why would a corporation issue convertible bonds?

    A corporation issues a convertible bond to take advantage of reduced interest rates, and these bonds tend to demand lower ...
  26. The Appeal of Crossover Bonds

    Bonds that tend to cross from junk to investment-grade status, or the other way around, can provide interesting investment ...
  27. What are the advantages of foreign portfolio investment?

    Foreign portfolio investment gives investors an opportunity to engage in the international diversification of portfolio assets.
  28. Overview of Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund

    Find out if the Vanguard Prime Money Market Fund is a suitable choice for investment during a time when interest rates are ...
  29. Chart of the Week: Hold Your Horses on the Long End

    We explain why it isn’t time yet to ramp up exposure to long-term global government bonds.
  30. Corporate Bonds: Advantages and Disadvantages

    Corporate bonds have advantages and disadvantages. They can provide compelling returns, even in low-yield environments. But ...
  31. VTIBX, DFGBX, PIGLX, TPINX, ANAGX: Top 5 Global Bond Funds

    Learn about the top global bond funds, and see how funds with longer maturities and duration have greater exposure to interest ...
  32. CPFXX, SPAXX, VMFXX: Top Government Money Market Funds

    Discover three of the most popular and best performing government money market funds well suited for investors seeking capital ...
  33. Fixed Income

    Fixed income is a type of investment in which real return rates or periodic income is received at regular intervals at reasonably ...
  34. Chart of the Week: Putting October’s Selloff Scares in Context

    Tighter financial conditions and heightened U.S.-China trade tensions have been spooking investors this month. We put October’s ...
  35. 4 Factors to Know About Money Market Reform in 2016 (FII, BAC)

    Learn more about the implementation of the money market fund reform, including how it impacted individual and institutional ...
  36. Reviewing Capital One's Money Market Capabilities (COF)

    Find out about Capital One 360's new money market account capabilities and how it compares with other top online money market ...
  37. 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 ...
  38. How Does a Eurobond Work?

    Contrary to its name, a eurobond is not necessarily from Europe. Learn how eurobonds work and their benefits and risks.
  39. Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA)

    EMMA is a service that provides the public with information about municipal bonds, bond prices and market trends.
  40. The Effect of Fed Fund Rate Hikes on Your Bond Portfolio

    The extent to which a fed funds rate hike impacts a bond portfolio depends on the portfolio’s duration and its place along ...
  41. How long has the U.S. run fiscal deficits?

    Read about the history of deficit spending in the United States, dating back to 1789, and learn how Alexander Hamilton addressed ...
  42. The Top 5 Ways to Hedge Against Inflation

    Here are five ways to hedge against inflation if it reappears on the horizon. Be prepared for when it happens.
  43. SAMA Foreign Holdings (Saudi Arabia)

    SAMA Foreign Holdings is a sovereign wealth fund (SWF) controlled by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA).
  44. Should You Consider Muni Bonds?

    Considering muni bonds? Here's a look at their pros and cons.
  45. Dividend ETF

    A dividend ETF is an exchange-traded fund designed to invest in a basket of high-dividend-paying stocks.
  46. Why Didn't Quantitative Easing Lead to Hyperinflation?

    Hyperinflation is a rise in prices occurring not when countries print too much money, but instead associated with collapse ...
  47. The U.S. High-Yield Bond Market: A Brief History

    The U.S. high-yield corporate bond market has existed for decades; it's known for its rapid growth periods as well as for ...
  48. Keep It Simple and Trade With the Trend

    The simple solution is often the best one, which is why you should learn to trade with the trend.
  49. Why China Buys U.S. Treasury Bonds

    China's continuous purchase of US debt raises concerns about the US becoming a net debtor nation, susceptible to the demands ...
  50. Don't Invest in Bonds Without Asking These 7 Questions

    There are a number of questions every beginner and seasoned investor should ask before investing in bonds. Here are seven ...
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