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Bonds

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Interest Rate Swaps Explained

Interest Rate Swaps Explained – Definition & Example

An interest rate swap is a financial derivative that companies use to exchange interest rate payments with each other. Swaps are useful when one company wants...
Municipal Bonds Investing

What Are Municipal Bonds – Pros & Cons of Investing

Most investors stick with the basics and invest in long-term, tax advantaged accounts for their retirement savings, such as pension plans, annuities, 401k or...
Short Selling Us Treasury Bonds

How to Short Bonds – Is Short Selling U.S. Treasury Bonds...

Bonds are often considered to be fairly safe investments, but their trading prices can endure as much fluctuation and volatility as stocks. As a...
Mutual Fund Performance Measures Ratings

7 Mutual Fund Performance Measures & Ratings – What They Mean

For years, investors, fund managers, and stock analysts have sought reliable indicators to project the future return and risk of owning an individual stock,...
What Are Financial Derivatives Trading Examples

What are Financial Derivatives – Common Derivatives Trading Examples

If you are active in the investing world, you've most likely heard something about dealing in derivatives. While this kind of investing may be...
Series I Savings Bonds

Series I Savings Bonds – What They Are and How to...

The financial crisis of the late 2000s may be an increasingly distant memory, but it has left a persistent legacy: stubbornly low interest rates...
Early Retirement Planning Investments

Early Retirement Planning: 6 Best Tax Efficient Investments

Early retirement...most of us want it, but few actually have the motivation and the know-how to get it. Just like a regular retirement, at or...
Bond Mutual Fund

What Is a Bond Mutual Fund – Risks & Different Types...

If you can’t handle the volatility and risk of stocks or want to diversify your portfolio, bonds are a good way to go. Bond mutual funds allow you to invest in a diverse bond portfolio with a single purchase. Read on to learn about bond mutual funds and whether investing in them is right for you.
Credit Rating Agencies History

History of Credit Rating Agencies and How They Work

Credit rating agencies have been around for the better part of the 20th century, and have played a key role in the financial world...
Corporate Bond Types

What Is a Corporate Bond – Types, Rates, and How to...

Since March of 2009, the stock market has been on a tear. All three major U.S. indices have at least doubled their value, and...
Investing Bonds Basics Corporate Vs Municipal

What Are Bonds – Basics of Investing in Corporate vs. Municipal...

Bonds may be part of the asset allocation for any balanced investing portfolio. Corporate and municipal bonds each offer different pros and cons. Learn the basics of bonds and find out how corporate and municipal bonds compare side by side to help you choose which is right for your portfolio.
High Yield Junk Bonds

What Are High-Yield Junk Bonds – Definition, Pros & Cons of...

If you've heard the term "junk bonds" before, you might think that they are worthless. But the proper term for "junk" in this sense...