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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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Why do some monthly bond ETFs have no dividend in January?

For example, the following bond ETFs have monthly dividends except in January: 1) https://www.nasdaq.com/market-activity/funds-and-etfs/vteb/dividend-history: ------------...
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How does an FRN Mutual fund lose money?

Suppose we have disregard the losses in an FRN mutual fund due to credit events. Which are the most harmful scenarios to its value? Lower or higher rates? Bond funds gain in value if rates fall and ...
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10 year treasury constant maturity rate explained

The 10-year treasury constant maturity rate over 2019 fell from a Max of 2.75 to a Min of 1.50 with an average of 2.15. I want to check whether my understanding of what the figures and the 10-year ...
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If a bond index fund's income is re-invested, how can it be a fixed income asset?

Looking at a bond index fund Key Investor Information, I have found this: Income from the Fund will be reinvested and reflected in the price of shares in the Fund I don't fully understand it. As ...
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Why did US junk bond funds fall from mid 2014 thru early 2016?

The Federal Funds rate was 0% the whole time, and the Prime rate stayed at 3.75%, so it seems that investor fear was the cause. What caused them to be afraid? Here shows how two big junk bond ETFs ...
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How to use Investopia's bond price calculator with redemption values?

When I was a university student, we used to calculate bond price the long way using coupon payment over 1+r and so on. But I'm now trying to do it the fast way using online calculators, such as the ...
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I am struggling to work out this bond formula

What is the price of an annual coupon bond with 10 years to maturity, 8% coupon rate, if yield to maturity is 9%? I can’t seem to work it out right.
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Tax implications of selling a bond vs. holding to maturity

In India, for retail investors, sale of bonds are subject to capital gains whilst holding to maturity (assuming cumulative interest) invites income tax on interest component at marginal rates. Right? ...
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How to compare returns from selling a bond now versus holding it till maturity?

For example, a 10 yr bond (in India) has a coupon of 8%, maturity date of 12-Nov-2020, and Maturity value of INR 10,800. It is trading at 9750 now. How do I compare returns from selling it now versus ...
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In a taxed account, why inimical for capital losses to offset high-than-market distributions?

aughhhhh comments on Efficiently Allocating ETFs to RRSP, TFSA, and a Non-Registered Account? First ask why you want to own bonds. Probably because you want their damping effect during a stock ...
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Who is the “issuer” of an intra-group term loan?

I've tried googling and looking in financial terminology dictionaries to find an answer to this question but I have been unsuccessful so far. My question is quite simple: who is considered the issuer ...
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What do bond investors do during a sell-off

Suppose there has been some release of data that shows economic slowdown, or increased expectations of inflation. Investors will then sell their bonds in hope of buying newer bonds with higher ...
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Clarification on definition of Negative Term Spread

I've been trying to educate myself on some financial terms and I've gotten into a point where I'm a little confused. Reading Understanding Term Spreads or Interest Rate Spreads I guess to understand ...
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Clarification about the definition of 'defensive portfolio' in the book 'The Intelligent Investor'

The book 'The Intelligent Investor' defines 'defensive portfolio' as one that holds, at least, 50% of bonds and 50% of stocks, being it more defensive as the proportion of bonds increases. However, (...
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How well do Treasury bond Futures correlate to their hypothetical underlying bond?

How well do Treasury bond Futures correlate to their hypothetical underlying bond? If the price of the future is most tightly related to the current CTD, whose maturity varies widely, how can the ...
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Bonds - Yield to maturity

In bonds, we assume that coupons are reinvested at the same rate as the current yield rate. Where do we go and invest the coupons? Assuming the YTM is 10%, the coupon rate is 10% and the per value ...
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Does the stock market provide better long term returns than bonds outside the US?

There is an old saying that stock market provides better long term returns than bonds. The example usually cited is always the US stock market which has had a good bull run and has it doubled in ...
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Master thesis : Comparison of green bonds certifications

I am currently thinking about the master thesis I'll need to write in order to obtain my degree. One interesting subject could be the certification of green bonds. Indeed, In order to guarantee ...
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Why have treasury prices risen despite increasing interest rates since the Great Recession?

ETFs that track treasuries have risen despite the fact that the global economy has stabilized since 2008 and interest rates have risen (from near 0 to ~1.5%) My (very simplistic) understanding of ...
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Why do rich people prefer shares with dividend over bonds?

I am especially (but not only referring to Warren Buffen, Bill Gates and so on). The first thing that came to my mind is because they can use their voting power, but then Warren started with shares (...
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What does it mean when central banks buy bonds (QE)? [closed]

If I lend money to the government, they issue me a bond with the agreement that they will pay me interest and when the bond matures they will give me back the money I have invested. When central ...
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Bond - Coupon Payments

How does the periodicity of Coupon Payment affect the YTM of a bond? For example, if I buy a bond that pays 10% Coupon Semi-Annually whose Face Value is 100, and if the same bond pays 10% Annually, ...
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Finding the yield on individual corporate bonds

I'm looking at an individual corporate bond (20341WAD7) with a 8.25 coupon trading at a last price of around 88 cents on the dollar (88/100). By my simple math the yield should be 8.25%/.88 = 9.375%. ...
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Why Can't Some Commercial Bonds Be Bought Through Major Brokers?

I am interested in buying a commercial bond issued by a coal mining company. The CUSIP is 62704PAM5. I searched online at tdameritrade.com and was not able to find the bond using their bond search ...
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Bonds - Yield to maturity change

How can yield to maturity change? For example, if i buy a bond at par value of 100, for a coupon rate of 10% and i hold the bond till maturity. will the yield to maturity remain at 10%? how does YTM ...
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Balanced index fund that tracks S&P 500

I'm looking in Vanguard some balanced (stocks + bonds) index fund / ETF that tracks the S&P 500 but the only thing I've found is: VFINX: https://investor.vanguard.com/mutual-funds/profile/VFINX ...
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“Holding the trade” in fixed income arbitrage

From TIPS v Treasuries: What a wild ride it was! Receiving 5% on one US Government Bond and paying 2.5% on another US Government Bond with the same maturity is an obvious winner, but many hedge ...
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Buying a bond before coupon?

This is probably going to sound like a dumb question but, say you have bonds with 10% coupon payments and face value we know is 1,000. If the bond is currently trading at 1,400 (a premium to the par ...
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Are Muni REVENUE bonds secured or can the local gov. use the revenues for other purposes not paying the bond holders if its going bankrupt?

Municipal bonds are of two kinds: GO (General Obligation) Bonds or Revenue Bonds. My question on Revenue Bonds is: are the revenues from the specific project secured or can the local government use ...
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How does this “cont callable,” “make whole calls” bond work?

I was looking at this bond on TD Ameritrade: This is a callable bond, so I'm wondering how that works, exactly. TD Ameritrade says that this bond is "cont callable," which I assume is an ...
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Can a capital loss on a gilt be set against the interest received when tax is calculated?

Say if I buy a 3.75% gilt for £103, with a redemption date 1 year from now, then at the the end of the year I should receive £3.75 interest from coupons, but I lose £3 of capital. The total gain is £0....
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How can you short a bond if you think it's going to default when it comes due?

For the first 29 years, a 30-year bond works more or less like any other security, and you can short it just like anything else. However, I'm interested in what happens if you want to short it at the ...
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Bond with 200% yield

I stumbled upon the following bond: ISIN: DE000A189FZ7 How can a serious company like BayerAG which is a german Dax corporation offer a bond with over 200% profit within 5 years. Where is the hidden ...
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Why would anyone buy a bond with a negative interest yield? [duplicate]

According to this article I read from MSN today, markets around the world are trading bonds at a negative interest yield. This to me seems completely insane - bonds standing over time should ...
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How do index funds with such different stock/bond distributions have such similar returns?

The Vanguard Target Retirement 2025 Fund (VTTVX) says it has approx. 65% of assets in stock and 35% in bonds and had a YTD return of 12.46% (As of 8/30/19) The Vanguard Target Retirement 2055 Fund (...
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Which yield curve is inverting?

All over the news I read that the yield curve is inverting. I thought they were talking about the US Treasury Bond yield curve. This seems to be the case when I read this article. However there are ...
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Do negative bond yields pay out public debt?

I noticed that german bonds offer negative yields, as you can see in this table.My question is, considering Germany is returning less money than received, does that mean the sovereign debt is ...
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Single period immunization, rebalancing

While reading about Bond portfolio management I came across maturity matching and single period immunization. Which If I understand correctly is if the holding period of a bond is its maturity then ...
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Is it good if a network marketing company is not asking for an investment? [closed]

And does network marketing include any interest or compound interest? A network marketing company is not ask for any investment, and they have halal certificate. I would like to ask if network ...
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Short-term Corporate Bond has Higher Yield than Long-term. Why is This?

I looked at the past yields of Sears Holdings (before chapter 11) and the Yield to Maturity (YTM) were all as I would expect. I look at current yields of JCP and they are pretty much as one would ...
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Moneyfarm (ETF) and Coupons

I am a beginner, I have possessed public debt bonds only, so far. Recently I decided to differentiate my savings on some form of ETF, specifically on Moneyfarm, just to give it a try. Now, I am trying ...
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Explaining prepayment risk

Regarding MBS I understand that as rates fall people with mortgages will want to refinance and thus mortgage prepayments will increase, causing the life of the MBS to decrease and for the investor to ...
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Bond analysis criterion as per Benjamin Graham

I'm currently reading Benjamin Graham's intelligent investor. This is the first book I'm reading about stock market investments. In chapter 11 under bond analysis section it says: The chief ...
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Does yield curve inversion refer to the shape of the curve, or just its sign?

Yield curve inversion has recently been talked about as an indicator for recession. Mostly, I've heard this described as "10-year Treasury rates fall below 2-year Treasury rates." I would expect ...
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Locking in rates during yield curve inversion

While reading multiple articles about yield curve inversion, a common theme is that investors seeing an economic slowdown in the future which generally means lower interest rates so they want to lock ...
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Why would one buy a bond with negative rate? [duplicate]

I see presently that many countries outside the U.S. have negative rate government bonds. So you buy one for $101 and in 5 years you get $100 back (face value). (I picked numbers for simplicity). I ...
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US treasuries yield on economy news

When looking at say Bloomberg or CNBC news on televison, one often sees different yields for US treasuries pop up. I.e What does this represent? I.e how are these numbers determined? It cant be ...
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what is the possibility of USA having negative interest rate [closed]

There has been attempt at reducing the interest rates. Apart from, elderly and savers depend on the bank interest and Stock market is driven by interest rates, the true cost of money if becomes ...
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How to interpret negative bond yield quote

I am trying to understand investing in (non-us) government bonds. Looking at data I can find online regarding the bonds available in my broker is giving me information I can't make sense of. For ...
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Why does bond price go up with interest rate decrease?

I understand that a decrease in prevailing market interest rate causes a downward pressure on the bond yield and, equivalently, an upward pressure on the bond price. But what if a decrease in interest ...