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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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Download bond vs maturity data

As my homework about finance bonds I have to find current term structure of interest rates (yield curve), plot interest rate from some found bonds vs maturities of bonds. The problem is I have found ...
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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 ...
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How does Value get rounded in figuring out Bonds Value?

I was reading up on Bonds here on About.com Why Do Bond Prices and Yields Move in Opposite Directions? In the second example it offers: In this example, the opposite scenario occurs. The same ...
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What to know before purchasing Individual Bonds?

What are the different factors and terms one should be acquainted with before investing in individual bonds? I'm currently looking at: It's all rather foreign to me though. When I look at this page ...
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Treasury bills, how do they work?

I am looking at Bills tab on the site: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/instit/annceresult/annceresult.htm There is a 4-week security term with what appears to be a 4-week maturity date, with ...
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Where to buy good corporate/goverment/treasury bonds?

I am non american citizen. I read a portion of Benjamin Grahams, "The Intelligent Investor" he suggests that one should always have a portion of ones savings in bonds. Specifically, he mentions SERIES ...
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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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Why are real-term bond yields systematically declining, and what does it mean for investors?

I'm having hard time understanding what is causing the trend below: In theory, since it is inflation adjusted I'd expect the yield to fluctuate with the economic cycle, but not systematically drift ...
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Why do both stock and bond seem overvalued in 2014?

The general wisdom is that when stock is overvalued, bond is undervalued, and vice versa. Why are both suggested to be in a bubble in 2014? Also, if one believes in tactical allocation, what asset ...
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Why aren't muni bond yields driven to the point of indifference?

Why is there any point to munis? By that I mean, why aren't yields driven down to be equal to the after-tax yields of taxable bonds of similar maturities and credit quality? Obviously they are ...
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Learning Resources For Eurobonds

Please suggest me some books/articles about eurobonds which answer such questions as: what is it, how it works, what are the risks, what are the advantages and so on.
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What are the risks to using a tax-free bond fund for short term savings (1-2 years)?

I'm saving some money, probably for a down payment house, and I'd like it to earn a bit more return than it would just sitting in cash. I max out my Roth 401(k) and my Roth IRA, so any additional ...
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Why are US treasury bonds priced in 32nds?

What is the historical reason for treasury bonds to be priced in 32nds? I have tried using Google and this site to find the answer, but have not been able to find anything definite. Three ...
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What is the discount rate of a bond by default? [closed]

What's the rate, and what's the compounding (annual, semi-annual)?
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How do you use the formula for YTM when the compounding is semi-annual?

How do I calculate yield-to-maturity (YTM) with a simple handheld calculator? do we multiply n by 2?
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Best way to invest in safe USD bonds for non-US citizens?

I'm a European resident (non U.S. Citizen), I receive my salary in USD. I have opened a USD account at my local bank to avoid exchange fees. I'm having difficulties in finding a decent way to invest ...
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Do bond interest rate risk premiums only compensate for the amount investors might lose?

Consider two different bonds: one riskless, and the other risky. Suppose the risky bond has a known probability of default. Suppose a market is made in these bonds, with investors trying to maximize ...
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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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Does the uptick rule apply to all stocks/ETFs and other securities, or only specific ones?

Does the uptick rule on U.S. securities apply universally across all stocks, all bonds, all futures and all options? Or is it limited to certain category of securities/instruments? Is there a ...
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Bond : Difference between coupon and yield

On a bond chart, I always see the terms: Yield & Coupon, which seem to mean the same thing. What is the difference between these two terms?
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Bond prices: Why is a high yield sometimes too good to be true?

Thank you for taking the time to explain me this. I'm looking at bonds prices at Yahoo Finance (see attached image) And it seems to good to be true: A-rated bonds at YTM rates of 11% and more. ...
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How can I determine if I qualify for a tax exemption on distributions from a municipal bond ETF?

I am interested in two municipal ETFs for my IRA retirement account: NXJ (New Jersey Municipal Bond Fund) and NRK (New York Municipal Bond Fund). I live in New Jersey and NXJ currently has a ...
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Issuing bonds at discount - computing effective interest rate

Suppose Southwest Airlines issued $100,000 of 9%, 5-year bonds when the market interest rate is 10%. The market price of the bonds drops, and Southwest receives $96,149. First of all, in my textbook ...
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Deflation Risk on TIPS

From P18 in ETF for Dummies, 2nd Ed (2011) by Russell Wild: Such bonds do, however, carry interest-rate risk, and another risk that’s unique to them: deflation risk. If consumer prices start ...
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Online sites for real time bond prices

In this chart for bonds traded on NYSE it seems a lot of bonds do not have a value for the 'Previous Close'. Considering that bonds trade in the open market like stocks, is there an online resource ...
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What do “yield type” and “duration” mean in this table of bonds?

In this table of bonds, what do the columns "Yield Type" (values e.g. "C", "M") and "Duration" mean? I thought "Duration" would be the number of years to maturity, but the values seem to be something ...
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What amount will I get back if I hold a bond to maturity?

If I hold a bond to maturity, then on day of maturity, will I get back: The price of the bond at maturity? or, The price I paid when I bought the bond? or, The par value of the bond? My guess is ...
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Upward Spike in US Treasuries despite S&P Downgrade in August 2011

From P84 in ETF for Dummies, 2nd Ed, by Russell Wild : In August 2011, as S&P downgraded U.S. Treasuries, the stock markets again took a tumble, and — guess what? — Treasuries, despite their ...
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Bonds, rates and the way they apply during their lifetime

Thanks in advance to anybody taking the time to clear this up for me. Say I buy a 10 year Bond right now. As time passes and the bond gets within 2 years of its maturity, does the 2 year bond rate ...
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What kinds of financial assets have a fixed payment and finite time?

Which kinds of assets have the following properties? Can be bought or sold in some market Pay some pre-specified amount if a pre-specified (but in the present uncertain) event occurs Has fixed ...