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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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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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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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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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Can an American birth certificate be redeemed for money? [closed]

Can an American birth certificate be redeemed for money? Why is it printed on bond paper?
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Italy BTP vs. German Bund spread. Care to explain?

I hear a lot of chatting about BTP/Bund spread recently. I am not familiar with this concept. Could you explain what it is and what it means, in layman's terms?
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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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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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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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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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Is Mexico on the verge of defaulting on parts it’s national debt before Andrés López Obrador take office?

All bonds issued by Mexico with maturity scheduled for 2018 are traded at a huge discount of their face value. I mean whatever currency or stock exchange used here’s an example : For reference, they ...
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Mathematic of bond pricing [closed]

Getting lost on an exercise hope you can help, thanks. A 1000 par value bond purchased two years ago at 890 now trades at 925. Coupons of 100 received at the end of each of the two preceding two ...
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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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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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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. What ...
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Can I sell section 54EC infra bonds before maturity?

This question pertains to section 54EC infrastructure bonds that are offered in India — the ones with tax-free dividends (though the principal is taxed). I have invested some money in NHAI and IRFC ...
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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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Optimal interest rate environment for mortgage-backed securities?

When rates rise MBS investors face extension risk and when rates are dropping investors face prepayment risk. If this is true then when is the optimal time to invest in MBS?
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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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collateralized mortgage obligations

I was reading a comparative description in between CDO's and CMO's on Investopedia.com and I cant seem to understand the following statement: When the mortgages underlying a CMO are of poor credit ...
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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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Easy ways to hedge against debt overleverage and potential inflation as a personal economic agent

Every prediction is correct... at some point in the future. However, there are economical indicators that would be considered teaching points if a financial crisis were to occur at any point in the ...
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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 ...