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Bond Basics

Bond Basics

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Overview
Investinginbonds.com is a rich resource for people at every point on the investing spectrum. Thissite offers valuable information, real time data, important indicators, as well as market news andcommentary. Whether you are just beginning to think about investing in bonds or you are aseasoned investor, this site can answer your questions and provide you with the tools you need toinvest in the bond market. Bookmark this page and return to view frequent content additions, andvisit the Market at a Glance pages for current market data.
Beginning Investors
 
Start out by learning about Bond Basics
 — 
what bonds are and what role they can play inyour portfolio.
 
Then take the next step with the What You Should Know section, which builds on what
you’ve learned in Bond Basics. Here you will learn more about the debt markets and how
external factors can affect your bond investments. This segment also offers a helpful
 which can equip you to begin investing in bonds.
 
Next learn about what Types of Bonds you can invest in.
 
If you are prepared to invest in debt securities visit our Buying and Selling Bonds. Gain market and investment insights in our Bond Investment Strategies section
 
The Bonds at Your Stage of Life section answers questions about how much of your portfolio should be invested in bonds at each stage of life.
Experienced Equity Investors
 
Would you like to boost your bond knowledge? Are you looking for more information onthe key bond markets sectors? Learn more about individual bond types and markets at:
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Do you want to look up a municipal or corporate bond price or check the latestgovernment bond market commentary? Get news, commentary and a real-time picture of what the individual bond markets are doing on the Market at a Glance sections for eachtype of bond offering. Click on the navigation selections at the top or left to choose yournext step.
 
If you are prepared to invest in debt securities visit the Buying and Selling Bonds  segment which includes a helpful 
 Gain market and investmentinsights through the Bond Investment Strategies section.
 
The Bonds at Your Stage of Life section answers questions about how much of your portfolio should be invested in bonds at each stage of life.
 A helpful hint: if you visit the Market at a Glance pages, any chart, table or graph representinginformation on the particular bond market sector, has a
?
symbol in the upper right hand corner.Click on the
?
symbol to learn what the graph, table or chart represents (
What is it?
) and why it is relevant to you the investor (
Why Do I Care?
)
 
 
Seasoned Bond Investors
 
Get price data, indexes and indicators, and market commentary by visiting links toindividual bond markets on the Market at a Glance sections.
 
If you are prepared to invest in debt securities visit our Buying and Selling Bonds. Gain market and investment insights in our Bond Investment Strategies section.
 
The Bonds at Your Stage of Life section answers questions about how much of your portfolio should be invested in bonds at each stage of life.Investinginbonds.com can help you build, monitor and manage your wealth wisely. Use this siteto learn more about bonds and keep up to date on the bond markets. Bookmark this page andreturn to view content additions, and visit the Market at a Glance pages for current market data.
Bond Basics
Overview
Bonds are a core element of any financial plan to invest and grow wealth. If you are justbeginning to consider investing in bonds, use this section as a resource to educate yourself on allthe bond basics. In this section you will learn:
 
what a bond is
 
why financial professionals recommend that you have bonds in your diversifiedinvestment portfolio
 
key factors to consider when evaluating a potential bond investment
 
fundamental strategies for investing in bonds
 
about tools and aids that will help you understand bonds
 
Bond Basics
What Are Bonds?
A bond is a debt security, similar to an I.O.U. When you purchase a bond, you are lendingmoney to a government, municipality, corporation, federal agency or other entity known as an
issuer 
.* In return for that money, the issuer provides you with a bond in which it promises to paya specified rate of 
interest 
during the life of the bond and to repay the
 face
value of the bond (the
 principal
) when it matures, or comes due.Among the types of bonds available for investment are: U.S. government securities, municipalbonds, corporate bonds, mortgage- and asset-backed securities, federal agency securities andforeign government bonds. The characteristics of several different types of U.S. bonds aredescribed in the Bond Basics Glossary at the end of this section. Market practices described hereapply to the U.S. bond market, and may differ from those in other countries.Bonds can be also called bills, notes, debt securities, or debt obligations. To simplify matters, wewill refer to all of these as "bonds."*Terms that appear in italics are defined in the Glossary at the end of this section.

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