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Your friendly guide to trading the bond and bond fund market
Bonds and bond funds are among the safest and most reliableinvestments you can make to ensure an ample and dependableretirement income—if you do it right! Bond Investing ForDummies helps you do just that, with clear explanations ofeverything you need to know to build a diversified bond portfoliothat will be there when you need it no matter what happens in thestock market.
This plain-English guide clearly explains the pros and cons ofinvesting in bonds, how they differ from stocks, and the best (andworst!) ways to select and purchase bonds for your needs. You'llget up to speed on the different bond varieties and see how to getthe best prices when you sell.
- Covers the ups and downs of today's market, which reinforcesthe importance of bonds in a portfolio
- Explains how a radical fall in interest rates make bondinvesting trickier than ever
- Explores the historic downgrade of U.S. Treasuries and itspossible effects on government bonds
If you're an investor looking for a resource that helps youunderstand, evaluate, and incorporate bonds into your portfolio,Bond Investing For Dummies has you covered.
About the Author
Russell Wild, MBA, is the author or coauthor of many nonfiction books, including Exchange-Traded Funds For Dummies, Index Investing For Dummies, and One Year to an Organized Financial Life. He is a NAPFA-certified financial advisor, registered with the Pennsylvania Securities Commission.
Table of Contents
Part I: Bond Appetit! 9
Chapter 1: So You Want to Be a Bondholder 11
Chapter 2: Developing Your Investment Game Plan 23
Chapter 3: The (Often, But Not Always) Heroic History of Bonds35
Chapter 4: Sweet Interest Is the Name of the Game 49
Part II: Numerous and Varied Ways to Make
Money in Bonds 71
Chapter 5: “Risk-Free” Investing: U.S. TreasuryBonds 73
Chapter 6: Industrial Returns: Corporate Bonds 91
Chapter 7: Lots of Protection (and Just a Touch of Confusion):Agency Bonds 105
Chapter 8: (Almost) Tax-Free Havens: Municipal Bonds 117
Chapter 9: Le Bond du Jour: Global Bonds and Other SeeminglyExotic Offerings 131
Part III: Customizing and Optimizing Your Bond Portfolio149
Chapter 10: Risk, Return, and Realistic Expectations 151
Chapter 11: The Science (and Pseudoscience) ofPortfolio-Building 169
Chapter 12: Dividing Up the Pie: What Percentage Should Be inBonds? 179
Chapter 13: Which Kinds of Bonds Make the Most Sense for You97
Part IV: Bonds Away! Navigating the Fixed-Income Marketplace211
Chapter 14: Strategizing Your Bond Buys and Sells 213
Chapter 15: Investing (Carefully!) in Individual Bonds .229
Chapter 16: Picking a Bond Fund That Will Serve You for Life.245
Part V: Bonds As Replacements for the Old Paycheck...271
Chapter 17: Fulfi lling the Need for Steady, Ready, Heady Cash273
Chapter 18: Finding Comfort and Security in OldAge 291
Part VI: The Part of Tens 303
Chapter 19: Ten Most Common Misconceptions about Bonds 305
Chapter 20: Ten Mistakes That Most Bond Investors Make 311
Chapter 21: Ten Q & A’s with Bond Guru Dan Fuss317
Appendix: Helpful Web Resources for Successful Bond Investing321
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