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What is the risk to a high-yield corporate bond fund versus an investment-grade corporate bond fund?

The yield for HYG, a high-yield (i.e. junk) corporate bond ETF, is currently 5.72% versus 3.56% for LQD, an investment-grade corporate bond ETF. Of course, higher yield generally means higher risk. ...
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What's the difference between buying bonds and buying bond funds for the long-term?

I know that if I buy a bond and hold to maturity, I will get the value plus the coupon. If rates go up, the resale value of my bond will go down, and vice versa. However, what happens if I buy into ...
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What do the terms par value, purchase price, call price, call date, and coupon rate mean in the context of bonds?

I am having a hard time understanding municipal bonds. What is the par value vs. purchase price? What is the call date? What is the call price? The coupon rate is just the interest paid out to you ...
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How is investing in a bond fund different than investing in a stock?

You don't have the option to "hold it till maturity", so you are invariably exposed to interest rate risk, and as a consequence, you will probably gain or lose on your principal in the end. Isn't it ...
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How do bond funds have a higher return that the sum of their bond parts?

In looking at bond funds recently, I've seen many that have a return of about 7% annualized over 5 years. However, their holdings are bonds that return 2-5% annualized. How is it possible that the ...