The Bond Book: Everything Investors Need to Know About Treasuries, Municipals, GNMAs, Corporates, Zeros, Bond Funds, Money Market Funds, and More

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Overview

In today’s volatile financial environment, growing numbers of investors are looking to flee the stock market in search of safer ground. While the bond market has often been a “safe haven,” confusing new bonds and bond funds make it increasingly difficult for unfamiliar investors to choose the correct fixed income investments. The Bond Book provides investors with the information and tools they need to make bonds a comforting, important, and profitable component of their portfolios.

Thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded from its bestselling first edition, this all-in-one sourcebook includes:

*A new section on using the Internet to research, buy, and sell bonds

*A new chapter devoted to increasingly popular foreign bonds

*Detailed information on the inflation-linked Treasury bonds

*Explanation of the new categories of bond funds

*Tips on how to evaluate and buy bond funds

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071358620
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 11/2/2000
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 10.66 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Annette Thau, Ph.D., is a former municipal bond analyst for Chase Manhattan Bank. Until recently, Dr. Thau was a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University and has received numerous awards, including a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for Younger Humanists, and University Fellowships from Columbia University.

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Table of Contents

Part One: The Basic Basics.

The Life of a Bond.

Buying and Selling Bonds.

Volatility: Why Bond Prices Go Up and Down.

Many Happy Returns, or fundamentals of Bond Math.

A Guide for the Perplexed: How to Read the Financial Pages of Your Newspaper.
Part Two: Individual Securities.

Treasuries, Savings Bonds, and Federal Agency Paper.

Municipal Bonds.

Mortgage-Backed Securities.

Corporate Bonds.

International Bonds.
Investing Through Funds.

Bond Mutual Funds: An Overview.

Varieties of Bond Funds.

Closed-End Bond Funds and Unit Investment Trusts (UITs).
Portfolio Management.

Asset Allocation.

Management of Bond Portfolios.
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  • Posted November 25, 2010

    Best bond book

    As a new investor I had a fear of a boring complicated book to learn about bonds.I needed to learn quickly after becoming a widow. I found this book so clear and simple that I highly recommend it to all who want to have a knowledge of and control over their investments.

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  • Posted December 15, 2008

    It's ok

    This has been overrated in the reviews. I am a college student and I found it to be lacking. Yes, you will learn about bonds but you will not learn anything seriously in depth. If you want to go to your advisor knowing more than "0" this is the book for you. If you want to start investing in bonds by yourself, look elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2005

    Informative, detailed, and very clear

    This book covers all the bond types that an individual investor might want, available as of the publication date. In each subcategory, the features of various types of bonds are compared in detail. It explains critical terminologies like duration, yield to maturity, call and put, stripping, and many others. It illustrates how to read those tedious tables that list the features of bonds. It goes to great length to make sure the reader grasps the forces that affect bond pricing and the perils of rising interest rates. It also makes clear why investing in bond mutual funds is quite different from investing in bonds, in both cost and risk. I hope Annette Thau revises this book again, since her clear explanations of new types of securities are an important addition to the second edition, and the anecdotes are very informative. Not only does she make everything clear, she also spells out common misunderstandings and potential traps. Best of all, she has no bias. There are no schemes here, and she is just as likely to tout the virtues of buying treasury bonds directly from the government as buying coporate bonds from a broker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2004

    Highly Recommended!

    This is an accessible introduction to bonds by a financial professional whose first book ¿ as unlikely as it may seem ¿ was a study of Max Jacob, the French poet. The literary background of the author, Annette Thau, may account for her book's clear, easy-to-read style. Most authors who write about bonds tend to get lost in the complex mathematics and specialized jargon of the bond markets. Not Annette Thau. Whether you are an individual investor trying to balance your portfolio with bonds, or a student of finance looking for a more lucid explanation of the subject than you can find in your textbooks, we highly recommend this book to you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2002

    Reference Book

    This book is a great read to educate a person about purchasing bonds. I learned alot and believe me I had questions for my broker. I more than paid for my book by learning how to not fall into a trap.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2001

    Recommended for Novices and Pros Alike

    'The Bond Book' is well suited to both the new bond investor and the seasoned professional. Thau has included research on everything from bond basics to portfolio management.It is easily read and very complete. John Barnes, Sr. V. P. Gabriele, Hueglin, and Cashman, Inc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2001

    Everything You Wanted to Know About Bonds, But Were Afraid to Ask

    This is an excellent reference book for anyone who wants to know anything about bonds, no matter what level of knowledge you have. I enjoyed the examples of the 1975 New York City bond crisis and the crash of the 'junk bond' market of the early 1990's

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