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Questions tagged [bonds]

Use this tag for questions that relate to debt instruments known as bonds. Generally, money is lent to governments or corporations that is paid back with interest.

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U.S. 10 year treasury bonds behavior during crisis

It's often advised to buy and keep government bond to protect ourselves against the next upcoming crisis. (For example, in a defensive stock portfolio you can have 50% of stock and maybe 30% of ...
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Explanation of Macaulay duration for bonds?

I understand how to calculate duration but I'm a bit confused about what it actually tells me and how it is useful and I can't seem to find anything that tells me. If a bond has a maturity of 5 years ...
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Bond prices changing due to interest rates

I feel as if I'm missing a fundamental step here. I'm aware that bond prices fall as yields go up; but what makes yields go up? If I had a bond issued in the UK for example, and the base rate went up ...
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What kind of bonds are ideal for short term investments

I have money in my bank right and I want to acces them in 1-2 years. I am not willing to take the risk in a stock portfolio, but willing to make bond investments riskier than buying government bonds. ...
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Computing risk-neutral probability of spot rates

I am trying to use a binomial model to price options wtih bonds as the underlying security.If the current term structure is flat at 6%, but next year, I assume the one-year spot rate will be either 5% ...
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Bond Duration with respect to time

How would the duration of a coupon bond change with respect to time. Would you use the original price, and yield to determine the new duration, or would you have to calculate a new price for the new ...
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Why don't investors in negative-yielding government bonds put money in positive-yielding government bonds instead?

According to this news article, USD10 trillion has been put into negative-yielding long-term government bonds. https://www.ft.com/content/b131da2e-4f02-11e9-b401-8d9ef1626294 Why don't these ...
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Selling ETFs in Roth IRA fund, in exchange to buy Bonds tax implications

I would like to sell ETFs in my Roth IRA fund, in exchange to buy Bonds. What are the tax implications of this? Even if the money is still held in the Roth IRA fund, would I get taxed?
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Are there any non-decreasing securities on the stock market?

Are there any securities traded on the stock market (i.e. ETPs) that never decrease in value? As an aside (in case anyone mentions bonds): I'm aware there's ETFs for AAA-rated government bonds, but ...
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Common diversification strategy for bond investment?

What is the most common diversification strategy for bond investment for a long term investor? long vs. intermediate vs short term inflation protected (TIPS) US vs world government vs corporate etc. ...
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Mutual Fund or Municipal Bond

I am new to this Bond's so, I am not sure which one is a good investment like state or federal bonds? Is it worth to Invest now?
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How does a bond's coupon rate differ from its market yield rate?

I'm trying to understand how bonds work and am confused by coupon rate vs market yield rate. Suppose company Foo issues a bond with a face value of $1 million, a 4% annual coupon rate payable semi-...
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Bonds near maturity better than 3-month CDs? Need help explaining Bond stats

I have a ton of money in a checking account earning 0% interest. I thought about buying 3-month CDs with 2.25% interest (or 0.56% per 3 months), something short term so my money isn't locked up for ...
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Bond ETFs slowing down after 2015. - why?

I see a lot of bond ETFs have very low gain, or even stay flat during 2015. - today. For example Eurozone Government Bond or US Treasuries. What is the reason for this?
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Annualized return of bond fund

How do you calculate the say a 10-year annualized return of FTSE TMX Canada High Yield Bond Index. Please dumb it down as to the process.
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How often are callable bonds called?

I understand that this is highly dependent on several factors - but as I make calculations with YTM, YTC, and YTW, it would be helpful to understand the (very general) likelihood of a bond being ...
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Coupon Payment Date

For a bond that pays interest semi-annually, is a must for a coupon payment date to fall on exactly the same day? For instance, if the bond matures in June 30, 2025, the coupon payment dates shall be ...
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Active Bond Funds - Interest Rate Swaps

I am a long time investor in an active Australian Bond fund (set & forget type of thing) but lately I have been doing a lot of research and I have realised that bond managers use a lot of ...
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How do stock markets react to economic data like consumer price index, home sales, and job data? [closed]

Where can I learn about how the stock market reacts with the consumer price index, home market market numbers, bond interest rates, fed interest rates , GDP change, how the euro bond market affects ...
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Can an American birth certificate be redeemed for money?

Can an American birth certificate be redeemed for money? Why is it printed on bond paper?
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Calculating total return of a bond

I'm trying to understand bond yields, prices and coupons. I get the basic concepts (i.e. coupon is the interest paid in each period and prices and yields are the inverse of each other). I don't ...
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How do I solve this exercise with bond and probabilities?

I have a bond with coupon rate 10% and annual coupon payments with maturity 3 years, face value 1000 and yield to maturity 8%. The bond pays the first coupon with 20% probability and nothing with 80% ...
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Annuity vs Bond Returns

The way I understand it buying a simple term annuity from an insurance company is like depositing money in a account that earns fixed interest compounded for the duration of the annuity and taking out ...
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Extra large margin for government bonds

The value of my brokerage account is $1000x (Fidelity if it matters). Looking at my balances, I see that I am afforded an additional "government bond" buying power which is about $2250x. My regular ...
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convertible bond

ABC Limited has in issue 14.5% convertible bond currently quoted on the NYSE at $108 per $100 nominal immediately after payment of the annual interest. The bond will be convertible into ordinary ...
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Interest rate risk of bond that is held to maturity

While reading online about interest rate risk associated with bonds it stated that if an investor plans to hold a bond until its maturity then interest rate risk is insignificant since the final ...
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Calculating Bond returns as an annual compounded rate

I've been reading up on bonds and the different methods there are of calculating the yield of the bond. So suppose I bought a $1000 face value with a 5% coupon that pays semi annually for $995 with a ...
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Bonds Yields and Coupon Rate

I read about bonds. Let's say the face value is 1000 rupees and the coupon is 10%. The coupon will be 100 which will be issued at the end of the year if the maturity is one year. Is that correct? ...
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Portfolio questions

I am constructing a portfolio and considering a number of different security classes: Stocks, commodities, ETFs, currencies and bonds. In order to decide which securities to include in my Portfolio ...
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Holding period return and YTM

Suppose I purchased a 2 year bond at par $1000 paying 10% annually. Then the YTM is 10% but the holding period return would be 20%. Shouldn't those 2 values be the same since I am holding the bond to ...
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Why would anyone buy U.S. Treasury Bills?

From the Treasury Direct website, I saw this Bills: U.S. Treasury Bills are a type of short-term security of one year or less, usually issued at a discount. The discount is the amount the security ...
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Effective Yield for Bonds

While reading up on the effective yield for bonds I noticed that it relies on the fact that the investor reinvests their coupon earnings in order to take advantage of compound interest. However, does ...
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Why would I buy bonds? [duplicate]

Say I want to buy a bond that matures in 10 years, and that pays out 5% of once a year, so it has 10 payouts remaining. Say the value is 100$. Say the bond is being sold for 140$ today. I would be ...
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CAT & ILS Bonds/funds [closed]

I'm constructing an portfolio with the objective to diversify as much as possible. I would like to include securities that are uncorrelated with the financial markets. The last few days I've been ...
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Are bonds worth the investment since they don't compound?

I was talking with my parents and they told me they have been buying 30 year EE bonds at $100 every 2 months with an interest rate of 4%. Because it is an EE bond, it does not pay a monthly coupon. So ...
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Treasury Expected Yield vs. Reality Difference

I looked at the US treasury website https://www.treasurydirect.gov/instit/annceresult/annceresult.htm and the usual percentage of interest one should get is around 2.4%. So, if I bought a 4-week ...
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Bond prices - present value

I'm reading a text of Macroeconomics - Financial Markets as a chapter. It has a line which states: "Suppose you hold two-year bonds. Because the price of a two year bond is $P, every dollar you put ...
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basic questions about US bond trading

I'm new to the bond trading, but have some basic questions. Let's suppose I want to buy the following bond today (11/6/2018) See this As you can see there, the maturity date of that bond is 11/30/...
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Characterising risks of an corporate/goverment bond ETF's

I have been looking at different conservative investment strategies such as 50/50 "interest fund", "global stock fund" and "the permanent portfolio". As an alternative, I was looking for corporate ...
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Is there anything wrong with having a portfolio consisting of a single fund?

Aside from cash reserves, the entire portfolio is in a Vanguard mutual fund that has a good split between domestic stocks and bonds. The split is at the target ratio the investor is looking for. Is ...
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What is the difference between SWK, SWJ, and SWP (Stanley Black & Decker)

Stanley Black & Decker seems to have three symbols on the NYSE. SWK: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. SWP: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. CORP UNIT 2017 SWJ: Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. JR ...
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Can you put an I-bond in a roth IRA?

I was wondering if I could do this, it just seems to make so much sense. You will be earning interest on your I-bond and you won't have to pay taxes until you take out your money during retirement. ...
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How does a typical bond ETF provide tax information to the investor in Canada?

Before deciding whether to use registered or unregistered (taxable in Canada) account, I'd like to understand the complexity of tax reporting as a result of holding bond ETF, for example BMO ZFL (long ...
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Simpler way of calculating duration for bonds?

So the question is: Find the duration of a 6% coupon bond making annual coupon payments if it has 3 years until maturity and has a yield to maturity of 6%. What is the duration if the yield to ...
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Understanding bond ETFs

I am failing to understand the bond ETFs. I somewhat understand stock ETFs: ETFs own stocks, I buy a part of ETF, therefore, I also indirectly own stocks. When I sell my share of ETF, the ETF gets ...
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Extension risk with IO bonds

I'm trying to understand the extension risk associated with interest only bonds in a CMO. When rates rise, prepayments drop, and so the life of the IO bonds is extended. This causes the value of the ...
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Am I confused about how to diversify into bonds?

I held several Vanguard equity ETFs (VFIAX, etc.) I wanted to diversify into bonds (as discussed in "A Random Walk Down Wall Street"), so I sold some of them and bought BLV. As stocks have declined, ...
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Is a bond's price dependent on yield or is it the other way?

Do changes in the price of a bond cause the yield to move? Or is it the change of rates and consideration of other risks that cause the yield to change which then affects the price of the bond?
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Bond sell off vs stocks

U.S. stocks fell following a bond selloff that sent yields to multi-year highs. New filings for unemployment fell unexpectedly to near 49-year lows. The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yield rose ...
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Can a chair(wo)man personally buy up the majority of its company's bond?

Can a chair(wo)man of a public company personally buy up the majority of a bond offered by that same company? Scenario: Public company issues corporate bond. Chair(wo)man of same company buys ...