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Bonds have their own language and means of evaluation. These articles cover the basics through more advanced topics such as bond pricing and valuation.

Bonds Information Center
Bonds should be a part of every investor's portfolio. But what are bonds and how should you use them?

When Are U.S. Treasury Bonds Risky?
Don't confuse the different levels of risk for owning U.S. Treasury Bonds and trading them.

You Probably Should Own Bonds, but Should You Trade Them?
Almost every investor should have some of their assets in bonds, but not every investor should try to trade bonds.

Bond Basics - Basic Concepts of Bonds Explained
Bonds are an important part of every investor's portfolio. They provide safety and stability against the fluctuations of stocks.

Treasury Bond Yield Curve - What Does That Mean?
The U.S. Treasury bond yield curve is an important stock market indicator.

Junk Bonds Attractive for High Returns
Junk bonds (and other poorly-rated bonds) attract attention because of their high returns. Risk and the potential of a high reward can be appealing.

Investing in Correct Stocks and Bonds Mix
Finding the right mix of stocks and bonds is important to the stability of your portfolio.

The 30-Year Treasury Bond Returns - Treasury Brings Back the Long Bond
The U.S. Treasury will begin issuing the 30-year bond again in the first quarter of 2006 much to the delight of investors.

How Bonds and Interest Rates Are Related
Bonds respond to changes in interest rates, however this only comes into play if you buy or sell previously issued bonds.

Shifting from Stocks to Bonds May Be Risky
Investors often move out of a risky stock market into the bond market, but this strategy has risks also.

Muni Bond Market Headed for Big Change?
The municipal bond market is facing a critical test in an upcoming case headed for the Supreme Court.

Understanding Bond Types
You can purchase bonds from a variety of sources including the U.S. Treasury, municipalities and corporations. Each has unique characteristics and features.

Zero Coupon Bonds - Understanding Zero Coupon Bonds
Zero coupon bonds are sold at a deep discount and redeemed at full face value.

Zero Coupon Bonds - How to Use Zero Coupon Bonds
You can use zero coupon bonds to reach a variety of financial goals, but watch out for the tax consequences.

Bond Ladders - Building a Bond Ladder for Success
A bond ladder solves the problem of interest rate risk for bond investors.

Convertible Bonds - Are Convertible Bonds a Good Investment?
Convertible bonds appear to offer the best of both stocks and bonds, but complex factors make them hard to judge.

I Bonds - How I Bonds Offer Safety and Inflation Protection
I Bonds offer protection from inflation and the safety of the U.S. Treasury in addition to tax exemption from state and local taxes.

Bonds and Interest Rates - Bond Prices Move Inversely to Interest Rates
Bond prices move inversely to interest rates, when interest rates go up, bond prices go down and when interest rates go down, bond prices go up.

Bonds and Taxes - How Bonds are Taxed and Tax-Free Income
Bonds generate income that is taxed, however if you choose wisely you can avoid most of the tax burden and earn a nice return.

Risk of Bond Default - How to Lower the Risk of Bond Default
Bonds should be the conservative part of your portfolio - so how do you avoid buying a bond likely to default?

FAQ Types of Bonds - Treasury Bonds
U.S. treasury bonds have a maturity of up to 30 years. Even though they are no longer issued new you can still buy them on the secondary market.

FAQ Treasury Notes - Treasury Notes
Treasury notes have replaced bonds as the main long maturity debt issue of the government with maturities of up to 10 years.

The Flight to Safety – Not So Safe
What looks like a safe move may not be as safe as you thought.

Consider Protection Against Rising Interest Rates with These Bonds
When interest rates are low, they have only one way to go. Protect your bond investments with these two types of bonds.

Investing During Periods of Interest Rate Uncertainty
Whether interest rates are high or low, at some point they will reverse. Be prepared to take advantage of current rates and protect your holding from changing interest rates.

Trading Bonds Not the Same As Investing in Bonds
Trading bonds can be as risky as trading stocks.

How Safe Are Municipal Bonds?
Investors in the stock market often use bonds to balance the volatility of stocks. However, investors should not assume all bonds are safe.

Owning Bonds Directly and Owning Bonds Through Funds Is Not the Same
Bonds are an important part of every portfolio. You have two major choices for how you own bonds: directly or indirectly.

Bonds Versus Certificates of Deposit
Bonds and bank CDs may share many characteristics, however one is not a substitute for the other.

What Are Zero Coupon Bonds?
Zero coupon bonds offer significant opportunities for some investors. STRIPs are the most prominent form of zero coupon bonds.

Why U.S. Debt Rating Is So Important to Stocks, Bonds, Economy
What would happen if the U.S. Treasury debt lost its spot as the safest investment in the market? The consequences would be devastating.

Buying a Bond Not the Same as Buying Bond Mutual Fund
You should consider bonds for your portfolio, but should you own individual bonds or a bond mutual funds? There's a difference.

What You Should Know about U.S. Treasury Bonds
U.S Treasury Bonds can offer investors a safe place to protect their nest-egg at on in retirement.

Treasuries Still Important to Investors in Stock Market
Investors in stock market nearing retirement should not yield to the temptation of risky choices while chasing higher returns.

Investors in the Stock Market Face Difficult Decisions on Bond Holdings
Bond owners face tough choice between safety and higher interest rates.

What Investors in the Stock Market Can Expect from Bonds
In a low interest environment, it is tempting to chase higher returns through trading bonds and using junk bonds. However, for major financial goals that would be unwise.

Watches for Changes in Economy with Inverted Yield Curve
When the relationship between long and short-term bond rates changes, watch for changes in economy, especially interest rates.

Investors in Stock Market Need Bond Protection Strategy
Interest rates at historic lows threaten bond investors if rates start rising. Have a plan.

How Safe Are Bonds in a Low-Interest Environment?
When interest rates are low the pressure to change is on the upside, which is bad for bonds.

Can Dividend Paying Stocks Replace Bonds?
It is possible to combine dividend paying stocks and bonds into a nice chunk of your portfolio.

Bond Ratings Help You Judge Levels of Risk
Bonds should be a part of most portfolios, however all bonds are not equal. Know the rating of a bond and you will be able to find one that matches your risk tolerance.

Bonds Subject of Changes in Interest Rates
If you plan to trade bonds, be careful of interest rate changes that can impact the value of your bonds.

Stock Market Always Correct in Pricing
The stock market always prices stocks correctly - what a willing buyer and willing seller agree upon. However, price is not the same as value.

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