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What is the difference between a bond and a debenture?

What's the difference between a bond and a debenture? Are they simply different words used to mean the same thing? (e.g. debenture sounds more business-like than bond).
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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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What is the best resource to research the current state of asset classes for mutual funds?

I have a fairly simple asset allocation as follows: 50% Large Cap stocks 15% Small Cap Stocks 5% REIT 10% International Stocks 20% Bonds What is the best web site to track how each one of these ...
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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 short-term bond funds subject to the same risk as long-term bond funds?

So much in the news about inflation, and interest appreciation dooming long-term bond funds. Are short-term bond funds affected by the same risk? Does this make investing a portion of your portfolio ...
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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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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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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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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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Are bond ETF capital gains taxed similar to stock or stock funds if held for more than 1 year?

Are gains on bond ETFs held for more than one year taxed at a lower rate, similar to stocks and funds holding stocks? I'm referring to the change in price of the fund, not dividends.
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Why are both government and commercial bond prices rising?

For the last 2 months both Gilt (UK government bonds) and UK commercial bond prices have increased. Many commentators have said the flight to government debt is a response to stock market uncertainty, ...
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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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Will bonds (including international bonds) be able to offer more than 7% annual return?

I am presently getting a 6% return on my savings in a high-interest account, calculated daily, paid monthly. I regard stocks as too risky for my 4 year savings plan but am interested in bonds as they ...
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How to buy Greek bonds either directly or via ETF?

Is there an online brokerage, for UK citizens, that provides access to Greek bonds? Interactive Brokers doesn't. Alternatively, are there other assets (say ETFs) that have a percentage invested in ...
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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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Do tax-exempt bond fund earnings need to be reported on taxes?

I'm deathly afraid of having to report bond/stock earnings to Uncle Sam. I feel like my tax returns are complex enough and I don't want to deal with any additional complexity. I'm looking for a way to ...
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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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Understanding Interest Rate Risk: What is it, and what techniques do I use to minimize it?

I'm looking to develop a fixed-income account of bonds and dividend-paying equities. I've heard that bonds are susceptible to interest rate risk, but I don't really understand what that means. What ...
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When I pay off my mortgage loan, what would really happen?

Correct me if I'm wrong. I understand that when I open a mortgage loan, some underlying bond is issued and purchased by some investors. When the rate is much lower and I refinance and close my ...
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What are prize bonds? Are prize bonds a good investment?

What are prize bonds? Are prize bonds a good investment?
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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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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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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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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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Should I buy individual bonds for my retirement portfolio, or stick to funds/ETFs?

To avoid the fees on bond mutual funds or exchange traded funds I have been thinking of buying actual bonds inside of my retirement portfolio. Does that make sense or are there drawbacks to consider?
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