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Where Can You Buy Bonds?


Before deciding to add bonds to your portfolio you need to understand them a bit. Different bonds carry varying levels of risks. You need to understand which bonds are considered safer than others and why.

You must look at par value, the coupon rate and the date of maturity when weighing your choices.

A bond’s par value basically tells you what your bond’s value will be on the date of maturity. On the date of maturity, you will get your initial investment back.

You will know the date that this will happen ahead of time. This is referred to as the maturity date. In addition, on this day, you will also get paid the interest that was made on your investment.

Corporate and State and Local Government bonds can be ‘called’ before they reach their maturity, at which time the corporation or issuing Government will return your initial investment, along with the interest that it has earned thus far. Bonds that are offered by the federal government must remain until the expiration date.’

The coupon rate is the interest that you will receive when the bond reaches maturity. This is stated as a percentage. There is other information that you will need to discover what the interest rate will be. So if you had a bond with a par value of $3000, with a coupon rate of 5%, you would receive $150 for each year until the bond matures.

Because bonds are not issued by banks, many people don’t understand how to go about buying one. You basically have two ways to buy one.

You can use a broker or brokerage firm to make the purchase for you or you can go directly to the Government. You can go through a brokerage house or you can go straight to the government. To get the best value for your bond with the least commissions compare rates between brokerage firms.

Buying your bonds from the government is actually quiet easy. If you want to purchase bonds, hold them all in one account and gain access to them easily consider Treasury Direct. This will save you money that you would otherwise have spend in brokerage firm fees.

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Prevent Your Bonds From Becoming a Greek Tragedy


It is common sense for everyone to have an annual physical examination. This is a preventive measure to detect early signs of potential health problems.

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How Bonds Are Rated


How bonds are rated? They are rated by their financial strength, price, yield and the rating standard used by independent rating agencies.

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Municipal Bonds: Derailed


The scale is still small, but more muni bonds are running into trouble.


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How to Make Sure Your Bonds Are Safe


How to make sure your municipal bond investment is safe.


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Investment Bonds – Pros & Cons For the Higher Rate Tax Payer


A Life Insurance Investment Bond is widely available for you to invest in. As with many investments, there are advantages and disadvantages to using this form of tax wrapper. One of the main points to bear in mind is that the tax wrapper status of any financial product dictates how much tax you will/won’t pay on the investment at outset, during and at the end of the term. It is the actual funds where the money is invested that determines how much you will get back when the plan matures or you cash it in.

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Investing in Different Types of Bonds


Bonds are very safe investments to take in the market. Returns are great and you are not to do much of anything to invest.

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Best Emerging-Market Bonds Amid Record Fund Inflow


Flows into emerging-market debt funds have already reached a record annual high, and the second quarter isn’t even over. JPMorgan’s head of emerging market research, Joyce Chang, says it’s a “Berlin Wall-moment,” as the world for this asset class is changing. She recommends high-risk sovereign bonds, high-grade corporates, and sees a bubble as far off.


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Risk/Reward Of New Greek Bonds After Aid Package


After euro zone nations offered details on an aid package for debt laden
Greece, should investors feel reassured enough to buy new bonds the
country is set to launch this month?


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Things You Need to Know About Bonds


Many people purchase bonds simply because they sound safe without really understanding how they work. This potentially exposes investors to greater risks and reduces their returns. Here is a closer look at their basic workings. View full post on Investing Articles from EzineArticles.com

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