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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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Why would I buy a bond with a negative yield?

The only reason that I can think of is because I expect the bond to appreciate in price thus offsetting the loss in yield. I could still end up with less money than I started with, if I hold the bond ...
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How would bonds fare if interest rates rose?

The first thing I learned about bonds is that when interest rates rise, the price of existing bonds tends to fall. Unfortunately, I didn't learn much else about bonds. So I have a couple questions ...
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How do you short US Treasuries?

As the US government continues to issue record levels of debt, I don't think it can continue to sell that debt at 2 - 3% interest. It will face the simple supply/demand law of economics - the more ...
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Long-term cash-equivalent ETFs for “cash” allocation in a portfolio?

My retirement account goal analyzer advises that I keep 3% in cash. My retirement date is over 30 years from now, so I can tolerate heavy volatility and certainly don't need liquidity. Does it make ...
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What is the best way to invest short term without losing principal?

My wife and I were planning to buy a house this year, but the plan fell through, so right now we are sitting on the money that we saved towards down payment and renovations (prior to now money was in ...
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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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What are some good books for learning stocks, bonds, derivatives e.t.c for beginner with a math background?

Despite being STEM person, I always wanted to learn how stock & financial markets work. I always wanted to know how those stocks work, what are those bonds e.t.c. The only struggle I am having, ...
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How do currency markets work? What factors are behind why currencies go up or down?

How do currency markets work? What factors are behind why currencies go up or down? What roles do governments, central banks, institutions, and traders have in the process?
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Why does interest rate go up when bond price goes down?

Why does interest rate go up when bond price goes down? Thank you very much!
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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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What is a good asset allocation for a 25 year old?

I have a mid-sized portfolio (under $100K). And am currently in 100% stocks. I have seen some advice being given that states 80/20 bonds will yield similar returns as 100% stocks with less volatility.
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Why invest in long term government bonds when the yield curve is inverting?

The New York Times has noted that the US is heading toward an inverted yield curve, which is one of the precursors for a recession. The yield curve is said to be inverted when long term government ...
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What are some examples of “fixed income” investments?

I'm using an online tool that my broker provides for balancing my portfolio according to my investor profile and it breaks down the suggested allocation into the following categories: Large Cap ...
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Basic understanding of bonds, values, rates and yields

I'm looking for a very simplistic (ELI5) explanation of how bonds work, but I'm not sure I have the basics correct. As I understand it, a bond is basically a IOU or loan. Any company, government or ...
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Why don't bond makers just get loans?

I was just looking at investment opportunities, and I found a number of places offering bonds paying up to 12% interest over two years. My first thought was, I can get a loan from my bank for 5% ...
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Has anyone found U.S. Savings Bonds to be effective investing?

Since I was a small child, my grandparents have given all of their grandchildren savings bonds on our birthdays. I'm not sure if it makes a difference, but they are always "EE" series. I had to use ...
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Should I exclude bonds from our retirement investment portfolio if our time horizon is still long enough?

My wife and I (ages 35 and 38) have 25-30 years until we reach retirement age, and I'm doing some research regarding our asset allocation. In addition to various podcasts, articles, and online posts, ...
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Are long-term bonds risky assets?

I think bonds are debt/loan and fixed-income, so they are risk-free, both short term and long term. But it seems like Bodie's Investment thinks long-term bonds are risky: For example, assume that ...
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What happens to the bond ETF when the underlying bond matures

When a bond matures, what happens to the corresponding bond ETF? It still keeps on going as if nothing has happened. How does this work? I guess there is some kind of rolling over happening here, but ...
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In the U.S., what is the easiest way to buy Australian government bonds?

The NY Times says: He cited the example of buying a one-year Australian government bond, yielding 5.25 percent. He said he believed that the American dollar was going to lose value and the ...
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Bond Vigilantes: Prices, yields and incentives

I read on Wikipedia that a bond vigilante is "a bond market investor who protests monetary or fiscal policies they consider inflationary by selling bonds, thus increasing yields.". I tried reading ...
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Holding bonds through maturity--pros and cons

I'm considering looking into buying bonds, and it seems there are two approaches one can take: Buying the bond and holding it until maturity. Here you get the interest (coupon) as agreed upon when ...
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Can someone explain how government bonds work?

Can someone explain, for irresponsible investors, the maths behind government bonds as presented here? I am assuming that the "coupon" is the yearly interest paid on the original price. Since this is ...
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Understanding bond margin, carry trade fundamentals

US Treasuries that have less than 6 months till maturity allow for 100x leverage, as the regulatory requirement is to put 1% of the market value down for each bond. So a $1,000,000 account could hold ...
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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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Why did one-year notes pay more than 10-year notes during the 1980's crisis?

Why did one-year notes pay more than 10-year notes during the 1980's crisis? During the early 1980's, one-year T notes paid more than the 10-year T note, which implies that nobody wanted to buy the ...
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What is a bond fund?

This answer suggested to invest in a Bond Fund and stated that it has been working well for that person. What is a bond fund? What are it's pros and cons?
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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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What is a Samurai bond?

I saw this term "Samurai Bond" while I was reading about investing and bonds, but I am not sure about what this is. Can you please explain?
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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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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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Where to find out conversion ratio between General Motors bonds and new GM stock?

I bought some General Motors bonds (ETF-traded under "XGM" symbol) when they were at depressed prices, before GM declared bankruptcy. GM is supposed to be having an IPO sometime in November, and ...
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CIBC bonds with negative return [duplicate]

There is a story on CBC that investors are lining up to buy bonds with negative return from Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). I don't understand why they are doing so. Can someone explain ...
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Why is my corporate bond portfolio decreasing when my stock portfolio is increasing?

For some reason my CFT, CIU, CSJ, and LWC are -2.95% overall, when the rest of my stocks are at +8%. Is there any specific reason why Corporate Bonds are going down while the market is climbing?
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Are money market instrument and short-term debt same?

I am learning some basic concepts in investment. Here is my questions: Are money market instruments and debt (short-term) same? From the two links I provided, they look almost the same to me, ...
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Over the long term, why invest in bonds?

Over the long term, stocks have historically beaten bond returns, even after accounting for the periodic market crashes. The general consensus is that your portfolio should at least be 25% in bonds. ...
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Who sets the prices on government bonds?

I noticed my country Greece wanted to sell bonds last year and they were stating "If they go above 7% we won't sell.". But who sets the price if not them? Why can't they say "the price is 5% and if ...
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Will U.S. downgrade actually help large, financially sound corporations?

From everything I read, the U.S. debt downgrade is expected to drive up borrowing costs all across the board. But I have a theory that it will actually lower the borrowing costs of large, financially ...
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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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How can I estimate the sensitivity of a bond ETF's price to interest rate changes?

Is there a standard method for estimating the sensitivity of a bond ETF's price to interest rate changes? Some of the information I have includes the average duration and the SEC yield.
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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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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 to calculate the value of a bond that is priced to yield X%

I am currently practicing for a beginners exam in finance. One of the previous exams had the following question: You own a 2 year, £1000, 7% bond, with semi-annual coupons. If the bond is priced ...
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Does an owner of a bond etf get an income even if he sells before the day of distribution?

Suppose an investor owns a bond ETF for 1 month and sells without waiting for the date of income distribution, will he still get paid an income for owning the bond ETF for 1 month? This does not work ...