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'longer-term/lower-coupon bonds' vs 'shorter-term/higher-coupon bonds'

[Source:] Arthur Salzer, B.A. Econ. (McMaster University), CFA, CIM “Remember that longer-term/lower-coupon bonds go down more in price than shorter-term/higher-coupon bonds do when interest ...
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Always invest in a bond ETF with at least inflation protection?

I abbreviate: inflation-protected bonds = IPB (I choose this term because I don't want to limit this question to US TIPS); yield to maturity = YTM. Whenever deciding to invest in a bond ETF, should ...
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What is the Average Yield on High-Grade Corporate Bonds as of Now?

I am looking to update the formula used by Benjamin Graham to calculate a stock's intrinsic value. His most recent formula can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Graham_formula. The ...
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What is the expected value of a bond coupon payment?

What is the expected cashflow at each coupon payment if I want to take into account a default rate and some arbitrary recovery rate of the face value? I was thinking it would be equal to (probability ...
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No maturity, for bonds in ETFs or bond ETFs?

1. User Chris W. Rea answered: When interest rates rise, the market value of 20-year bonds will drop, and drop more than shorter-term bonds would. Your principal is not protected in the short ...
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Demand for investment-grade bonds with more than 10% coupon?

Though originally posted as a comment here, I don't see an answer. So please allow me to resurrect and broaden this question, to all investment-grade bonds: in other words, 'BBB- or higher by ...
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If bonds' current yields soar, then should you hold yours until maturity?

[Source:] To be able to hold a bond to maturity, you need to have the discipline to hold on, even if the value shifts dramatically. In 2012, that means that if our ridiculously low interest rates ...
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Bonds: Inflation, Real Interest Rate, Price, Current Yield

1. Am I perfectly right about the relationships among these 4 factors? Anything to add? Inflation   inversely varies with   Market real interest rate   inversely varies with   bond price     ...
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Investors may never recover … losses from bond funds?

Source: In a rising interest rate world, ... own bonds or bond funds?, by Gail Bebee, 2013 Jul 2 Managing a bond portfolio takes work and is not feasible for smaller accounts. Consequently, many ...
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Is there any data that shows how diversifying results in better returns than just sticking to an all-stock portfolio?

Assuming that the money invested is not to be touched for decades (so the risk of temporary market downturns is irrelevant in this case), many suggest that you should still diversify your portfolio ...
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Does anyone know where I can find a free efficient frontier tool, or an informative and legitamate/academic graph of the efficient frontier?

I'd like to build a portfolio based upon modern portfolio theory and I'd like to find a tool I can use to calculate the proper mix of asset classes. Can anyone help with this? I think a good ...
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Are bonds taxed every year or only at maturity

If I buy a bond that matures in 2 years, do i pay taxes only when i get my principal and interest back at maturity? Or do i pay some taxes on year1 and rest on year2?
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When a bond is called back by issuer, do i still get the interest, or only the principal back

If i buy a one year callable bond at par, with yield to maturity = 3%, and if the bond gets called after a month, then do i still get approx 3%/4= 0.75% interest when the bond is called back? Or can ...
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Is there a way to avoid short-term capital gains taxes on bond funds?

It appears that most bond ETFs pay out monthly distributions from interest earnings. Is there a way to directly reinvesting the earnings on the fund without triggering a taxable event? Are there any ...
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Does it make sense to invest in bonds when interest rates are likely to rise? [closed]

Thinking about a possible increase in interest rates in the future, does it make sense to invest in bonds? Would the price of a bond fund holding mostly AAA rated Fannie/Freddie issues, and medium ...
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should i cash some twenty year old EE savings bonds?

I have, let's say, $20,000 in series EE savings bonds, issued in 1995. As I understand it they were purchased for half their face value ($10,000) and have now matured to their full value since it's ...
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Over the long term, why invest in bonds?

Over the long term, stocks have historically beaten bond returns, even after accounting for the periodic market crashes. The general consensus is that your portfolio should at least be 25% in bonds. ...
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Are Bond funds a good idea [closed]

How should one mitigate losses of last week? I am concerned but tend to move to quickly
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Amortizing bond premiums for corporate bonds?

I know you can amortize bond premiums on your US tax return. You can keep deducting the amortized amount every year till maturity. However, if you decide to sell the bond before maturity and have been ...
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How do I know what is the current market interest rate for bonds?

It's said in books and articles that when the "interest rate" rises, the price of bonds becomes lesser, and vice versa. Intuitively, this is reasonable since bonds with higher interest rates are ...
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Why buy bonds when GICs offer better interest

As an individual investor, AAA rated bonds and even AA rated bonds provide much lower interest rates than a conventional GIC from a reputed institution backed by CDIC. So who would ever want to buy a ...
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What happens to the bond ETF when the underlying bond matures

When a bond matures, what happens to the corresponding bond ETF? It still keeps on going as if nothing has happened. How does this work? I guess there is some kind of rolling over happening here, but ...
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Bonds semi-annual market rate [duplicate]

Let's say you have a bond that pays semi-annually with a 10% coupon rate. Each half-year you pay 5% of the principal. Let's say the market rate is 12%. How come to calculate bond price, we discount ...
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Is there any real purpose in purchasing bonds?

I am new to investing, for the most part, and I have learned a decent amount about how bonds work. What I wish to know more of is simple: Is there any real profit to it, and is it worth it? From the ...
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Understanding payment options with NS&I Bonds

So, just like many, my parents want to invest in: http://www.nsandi.com/65-guaranteed-growth-bonds?ccd=NALBAA since they are supposed to be quite good however, there is a genuine fear that the money ...
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best way to keep track of your portfolio, total income / loss for both equities, funds and bonds

Is there any recommended web based tool which allows you to keep track of your investment portfolio, be it equities, funds, or bonds? In the case of bonds, and equities which pay a dividend, I would ...
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Net Cash Flows from Selling the Bond and Investing

I am a beginner finance student, i am having trouble understanding short sale.In this context the bond is priced at 960.00 and will give a future payment of 1000 1 yr from the day it was bought. I ...
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How to compare goverment bonds to generic money market position?

I know that the bonds are higher risk investment so I'd like to compare the bond funds/ETFs with the market sweep offered by account to decide on proper mix. However I'm confused of how to read ETF ...
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Calculating the Price of a Bond

Would someone be able to help me understand if I am doing this calculation for some homework correctly? I know I could do it on my calculator, but I'm trying to understand the process behind it as ...
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Does pursuing the highest yields or pursuing the lowest ones give better returns in the long run?

Consider two people (Alice and Bob) who have some money each month to save and invest in government bonds of their own country (because they want it to be liquid, and have the smallest risk of ...
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Ready to invest but I'm overwhelmed with the number of brokers and services

I have £15,000 - £20,000 to invest for the long term and I've researched what I will regularly invest in to: Pension, Index funds, Bonds, small number of individual stocks (maybe) as well as my cash ...
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Different avenues of tangible returns from index funds and bond funds

I am a beginner investor and I've been out of school at this point having saved enough to seriously look at where I am investing my money. I have decided to start off with a portfolio that is ...
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Rationale behind discount bonds?

I'm trying to understand if my rationale behind discount bonds is correct. Let's say Company X issues a 2 year $1000 bond at 5%, market interest rate is 10%. Because the coupon rate < the market ...
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What happens to bonds values when interest rates rise? [duplicate]

I want to invest 10% of my portfolio into bonds. The other 90% will go into stock. I took a look at Government Bonds which TD Ameritrade offers at a $5000.00 minimum. This is a little over my ...
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What factors should I consider in picking a bond?

I have invested in stocks previously but realized that it isn't for me, at least for now. I have been researching on other options as to where I should invest my money and I found myself looking into ...
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If I buy bonds near the maturity date, is it a short term zero risk investment?

Right now I'm studying how bonds work and from what I have studied, the crucial thing about bonds is the maturity date, where you are assured you'll get the principal if you sell at that time, and the ...
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US corporate bonds index

Does a US corporate bonds index exist? It should be free to access or accessible through Bloomberg or Reuters terminals.
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Is there a reason to buy a 0% yield bond?

Right now I can get a 1yr government bond that yields 0%. Is there any reason to buy such a bond? E.G. If the broker holding my accounts goes out of business is my "perceived low risk portion" of my ...
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Can a bond's market price rise above its lifetime value?

I'm just learning about bonds, reading an introductory book about investing in German. Please correct me if terms are wrong, and if this question can be improved. Consider a bond: Lifetime: 3 years ...
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Why YTM is higher than current yield in discount bond

I learned that in discount bond, coupon rate < current yield < YTM and the relationship will always hold. I can figure out why coupon rate < current yield. But just cannot don't ...
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Warren Buffett and Charles Munger advice for small investors?

The investment philosophy at Berkshire Hathaway is well known: Buy great businesses that are run by great people and keep them 'forever'. However, I believe Buffett/Munger have said that 'Buy and Hold ...
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How should I allocate short-term assets in a rising-interest rate environment?

I'm looking to rebalance my portfolio and move some of my stock investments into lower-risk investments, largely because I want to use some of it in the not-too-distant future (say 2-3 years). How ...
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What traditionally happens to bonds when the stock market crashes?

If the stock market crashes 20%, do bonds suffer or is there little to no correlation between the two markets?
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Shares in stock exchange and dividend payout relationship

If a company announces 22% dividend and face value of its share is Rs. 5/- what would be the payout amount for 1000 shares held by person?
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How should I be investing in bonds as part of a diversified portfolio?

I often hear that I should diversify my investment portfolio with X% stocks and Y% bonds, ostensibly to mitigate the risk. My question is what exactly this guidance means in terms of HOW to invest ...
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Why does the price of the floating rate bonds return to par after coupon payment?

Hungary just issued a bond that matures in 2024, pays once a year and has the coupon rate of "1-year treasury bill rate" + 2.5%. I searched for information on the net how does market sets price on ...
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Bonds vs equities: crash theory

Let's presume a market crash is coming sometime within 6 months to a year. Theoretically speaking, would it be wise to reallocate my index fund, which is presently about 80 % stocks and 20% bonds, to ...
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Is it good idea to sacrifice some capital for higher income?

Let's assume I hold a bond that yields 3% for some time. Based on my calculations $100 are working in the investment. So it makes me $3 each year. Now let's assume the yields have been increased so ...
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How does the price of expiring bonds expected to change?

There are some old bonds here in Hungary that currently sells at 111% of face value and after taxes they have 5,1% coupon yield. They have 3 years left. If I keep it till maturity, the YTM is only ...
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How far into a Defined Maturity Bond Fund does it stop making sense?

Some here have suggested instead of Individual Bonds I should look for Bond Funds. I've looked into Guggenheim BulletShares and Fidelity Defined Maturity Funds. What I'm not clear on is the timeline ...