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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What happens when the bonds bought with QE default?

QE happens when central banks buy (crap) bonds from financial companies, giving them liquidity to buy better assets. Consequently boosting the stock market as we have seen. But what happens if these ...
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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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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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What is the effect of a Fed Reserve rate cut on corporate bond funds?

What is the likely effect of a Fed rate cut on corporate bond funds like VTC? I would think if the Fed rate goes down it would make the corporate bonds more valuable as their dividends become ...
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Are interest income from U.S bonds subjected to withholding tax like U.S dividends to foreigners?

Foreigners are subjected to 30% withholding tax on U.S stocks' dividends. Does the same withholding tax apply to U.S bonds? Any difference between the treatment for Treasury bonds and corporate bonds?
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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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What is the purpose of bonds within an investment portfolio?

Are bonds part of an investment portfolio so that you can invest during a dip in the market? (I heard this from a robo-advisor as it allows you flexibility to invest during a downturn) Or do bonds ...
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What's to prevent majority shareholders in a company from dilluting a convertible note?

A company issues a convertible bond to an investor. It has a par value of $10,000 and can be converted into 5 shares. The company currently has 50 outstanding shares, so the bond corresponds to ~9% (...
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Why does the asset price of REITs go down when (US) bond rates go down?

REIT s often pay up to 10% dividends so I would think they should become more valuable when the US bond interest rates go down . For example : In the last 30 days CIM has gone from 19.1 to 18.5 while ...
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Variation in the price of bond

The price of a bond can vary because: the yield curve changes the flow of time (the time to maturity is reducing, for example compare a 1 year ZC bond with a 0.5 year ZC bond) How can I quantify the ...
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If Turkey doesn't go bankrupt, is there any chance they won't pay bonds profits?

Suppose I buy 5000$ worth of Turkish treasury bonds today and the yearly interest rate for 1Y bonds is roughly 25%. Assuming Turkey doesn't go bankrupt in the next year, is there any chance I won't ...
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Bond income calculation question

I thought I got my Bond income right, but my brokerage company's calculator got me totally confused. So here is the problem: I bought a note (US treasury) yesterday: cusip: 912828TN0 (secondary market)...
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How to pick ETFs that hedge against stock market crashes?

If I want to hedge against a stock market crash the advice I often see is “diversify” and “buy bonds.” As a result, my portfolio is primarily Vanguard VTI and Vanguard BLV, the total stock market ...
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How can I practically buy bonds?

A moderately low risk of investment is a government bond. If I understand correctly, I spend €1000 on a 5-year bond at a yield of 1%, then in 5 years I get back 1000*(1.01)**5=€1051.01, unless the ...
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Bond fund vs High interest savings account

If you have some money - lets say 20k USD. Banks such as Ally provide 2.2% interest rate on Fixed deposits. Is investing in bond funds such as VBTLX safe and better than fixed deposit? Understand ...
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Bonds, interest rates and inflation

I was reading Learn to Earn by Peter Lynch and I came across a paragraph that has confused me to say the least. It is regarding bonds - If you buy a $10,000 ten-year bond and hold it for ten years,...
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Where can I buy bonds and other securities other than stocks?

I keep hearing that I can only buy bonds and other securities such as Treasury Bills from a broker...the thing is, I don't want to pay a broker (yet). I know I can buy stocks online through a trader ...
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Is there a catch in investing in treasuries close to maturity date?

Is there a catch to invest to treasuries close to maturity date? I don't want to lock the money for a long time, b/c the interest rate probably will go up. But I am concern that it's not that simple. ...
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Understanding bond yields?

This is a screenshot from the top-level bond table on etrade.com, and I am having a hard time understanding it. I understand how bonds work, and what maturity/coupon/yield/etc are, but I'm not sure ...
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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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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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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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How should I interpret information about bond spreads that narrowed or widened the most?

How should I interpret information about bond spreads that narrowed or widened the most? I see this information in the financial pages in the newspaper, and have some ideas about what it means, but ...
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Bond Issuance Question

During a new bond issue how do the bankers/advisors determine an initial price for the bond? I know that during an IPO the investment bankers will guage demand for the issue, and price the issue ...
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Correct interpretation of side-by-side graphs of intra-day fluctuations of stocks and bonds

At the end of the day on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, a snapshot of the Dow and 10 year Treasuries was as below: At the dip of the stock market on Tuesday, there was also a dip in the yield of the 10-...
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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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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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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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Roth IRA = Emergency Fund. Any Safe Investments?

I've been building my emergency fund through automatic deposits into a Roth IRA at TDAmeritrade. This has been working well, since the money is out of sight, out of mind, and I can easily withdraw it ...
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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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Long term bond index prices before 2000?

When comparing TLT (Barclays 20 year bond index) with the S&P 500 (e.g. VFINX) it looks too good to be true - almost perfect negative correlation. When the stock market crashes, TLT skyrockets in ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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How do Related Hedges work?

I'm currently re-reading Benjamin Graham's book, The Intelligent Investor. In it (Chapter 15), Graham mentions some of the undertakings and operations his fund, Graham-Newman Corporation, was involved ...
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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 ...