Bonds Now!: Making Money in the New Fixed Income Landscape

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"With Bonds Now! Marilyn Cohen has written a book giving us step-by-step ways to navigate the new, post–2008 credit-crisis bond market....Bonds Now! gives a dead-on account of how the bond ratings game has changed....Marilyn's book discusses reliable ways to anticipate the effects of management team changes...essential reading for anyone who is serious about making money in the bond market."
—Steve Forbes

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Overview

Praise for Bonds Now!

"With Bonds Now! Marilyn Cohen has written a book giving us step-by-step ways to navigate the new, post–2008 credit-crisis bond market....Bonds Now! gives a dead-on account of how the bond ratings game has changed....Marilyn's book discusses reliable ways to anticipate the effects of management team changes...essential reading for anyone who is serious about making money in the bond market."
—Steve Forbes

"When it comes to the bond market, who knows more and can explain it better, quicker, easier and, in many instances, pithier than can Ms. Cohen? The answer is no one. Marilyn has been involved in the bond markets, municipal, federal, corporate, et al., for the past thirty-plus years. Her book will open up the bond market for the novice and the expert reader alike. I strongly recommend this book for anyone wanting to become acquainted with the bond market, and certainly to those who wish to become better and more intelligent investors."
—Dennis Gartman, editor of The Gartman Letter

"Bonds matter! That's what even the stock-crazy learned after the 2008 meltdown. Surprisingly, bonds can be even more complicated than stocks to understand—but bond guru, Marilyn Cohen, clears the way. This is the essential guide for investors with bonds in their portfolios, or investors starting out in bonds."
—Jane Bryant Quinn, author of Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People

Bonds Now! picks up where the basic texts leave off. If you manage your own bond portfolio and you want to do it better and smarter and achieve more profitable results, then this book is for you. It identifies the most recent changes in the bond market and links the new rules of profiting in the bond market to new survival methods and fresh buy/sell principles. The book combines them all to show investors how to make smart bond investments in the post–credit crisis era.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470547007
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/9/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 195
  • Sales rank: 1,006,579
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Cohen is one of the top bond managers in the country. Her thirty-year financial career has included securities analysis, bond brokerage, and, for the last fourteen years, founder and CEO of Envision Capital Management. For over fourteen years, Marilyn Cohen has written the bond column in Forbes magazine. She also publishes the monthly Forbes Tax Advantaged Investor newsletter.

Chris Malburg is a popular business and finance writer. He is a CPA, has an MBA, and is a former partner at investment banking powerhouse Global Capital. Malburg is also founder and CEO of Writers Resource Group, Inc. Bonds Now! is his tenth book.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Steve Forbes.

Preface.

About the Authors.

Chapter 1. Portfolio Survival.

Chapter 2. New Rules of Engagement.

Chapter 3. Fortress Investing.

Chapter 4. Bond Execution.

Chapter 5. Learning From Mistakes.

Chapter 6. Egos Gone Wild.

Chapter 7. The Bond Rating Agencies.

Chapter 8. How to Buy and Sell Bonds: Without Being Taken to the Cleaners.

Chapter 9. Managing Your Bond Portfolio.

Chapter 10. Horror Stories From The Bond Trenches.

Chapter 11. Bond Analysis - How to Analyze an Issuer's Creditworthiness.

Chapter 12. Mission-Specific Instruments.

Chapter 13. Developing a Sixth Sense: Bet on the Unexpected, and Anticipate Its Coming.

Chapter 14. Lessons Learned.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2010

    Very good introduction to the bond market. However, its usefulness appears to be more for the individual bond investor, even though it still has some good advice for bond fund investors, which includes most of the public.

    For those who know little about bonds, and do not understand that the bond market can be as volatile and risky as the stock market, this book is a good introductory education. It is well written, gives highlighted rules, and explains its points well. It is, however, directed more at the individual bond investor rather than bond fund investors. The rules certainly apply to fund investors also, even though it can be hard to get at everything a fund may hold in real time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2010

    Easy to read

    "BONDS NOW" is a great review of everything you need to know about bond investing in these difficult times. There is no better Bond account strategist than Marilyn Cohen, who has written a column in Forbes Magazine for 14 years. She has always given sound advice to readers in an easy to understand way. Your bond portfolio is too important to be left to the "experts" at a mutual fund. You need to know what is happening with this very important part of your portfolio at all times. Especially useful for the retired who are depending on a nest egg for monthly income.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2009

    Essential Reading for Bond Investors

    I absolutely recommend this book, for both amateur and veteran bond enthusiasts. The bond market is more difficult to manuever than ever, and Bonds Now! is perfect learning to make informed decisions. What I really like is that the writing is easy to digest, unlike other complex overtechnical bond books I've bought in the past. With this book I feel much more comfortable managing my bond holdings. Happy and safe investing!

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  • Posted December 17, 2009

    A Must Read for Bond Investors.

    The world of Bond Investing has changed dramatically in the last two years along with everything else in the investing world. You must read this book to understand what those changes are, how to make use of new information sources and to revise your investment strategy to align with the new risks facing bond investors. Ms. Cohen is a superb fixed income tactician and strategist. The book is an easy read, provides outstanding insights and valuable information so you can balance the risk/reward in your portfolio.

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  • Posted December 17, 2009

    The authors have managed to make a difficult subject easy to comprehend. If you had or have money invested in Bonds, this book will enlighten you.

    I read this book in only one evening.
    The Authors fill the book with tips on how to avoid a financial disaster while investing in Bonds.
    After reading the book, i have become more familiar with such Wall street terms such as, Capital Structure, Interest Rate swaps, TRACE, general Obligation and senior debt.
    The authors stress diversification both in industries and localities.
    It showed me the inner working of the Bond business of Wall street.
    Lastly, how can you not like a book that is dedicated to a Military officer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2009

    Clear Easy To Follow Book

    Knowing how Marilyn Cohen's previous book the Bond Bible was so educational, its hardly a surprise that Marilyn would come out with this book in the wake of the credit nightmare. This book is so timely. Its so well written and so easy to understand. I now understand that my bond portfolio can not be put on autopilot but how I can navigate the murky waters of bond investing in todays scary credit environment. I'm not a baby boomer but I'm buying a copy for my parents for whom this book has special lessons and perspectives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2009

    Smart, Educational and timely

    Bond investing has changed and nothings safe any more... Forget everything you thought you knew about bond investing. This period is not an aberration, the entire game has changed and the old times ain't coming back. This action oriented workbook is a necessity. It is clear, easy to follow and educates about what has changed, why, and what you can do in your own portfolio. Even if you have a competant money manager this book includes all the questions you need for oversight.

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    Posted October 28, 2010

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