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.
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.
Investing in Correct Stocks and Bonds Mix
Finding the right mix of stocks and bonds is important to the stability of your portfolio.
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 Types of Bonds - There are Several Different Types of Bonds are Offered
You can purchase bonds from a variety of sources including the U.S. Treasury, municipalities and corporations. Each has unique characteristics and features.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can Dividend Paying Stocks Replace Bonds?
It is possible to combine dividend paying stocks and bonds into a nice chunk of your portfolio.
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.
Investors in Stock Market Need Bond Protection Strategy
Interest rates at historic lows threaten bond investors if rates start rising. Have a plan.
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 the Stock Market Face Difficult Decisions on Bond Holdings
Bond owners face tough choice between safety and higher interest rates.
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.
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.
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.