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A fixed income security is an investment that provides fixed periodic payments.

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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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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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To know if I want to hold Municipal Bonds, I want to know the percent of unfunded pension liabilities ($3.8T) to total state and local gov liabilities

I'm pondering whether or not to hold Municipal Bonds in my portfolio. My concern is that Municipalities seem to be stressed because unfunded pension liabilities keep growing and this seems alarming. ...
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Why do some mutual funds or indexes have an average effective maturity that is way larger (2-4 times larger) than the average effective duration?

I would like to know if this difference occurs when the coupon payments are very large and/or if there are other reasons.
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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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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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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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What stops you from using fixed income in developing countries? [duplicate]

I was recently visiting a developing country and noticed that their interest rates are very high — ~15% with government bonds promising ~13% annually. I was just thinking, if the bid ask spread for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Shortcut for calculating interest rate risk

Is there a rule of thumb to calculating the inverse relation between a bond’s price (or any fixed income payout) and its interest rate? I’m actually more interested in bond ETFs, so something along ...
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Does it make sense to buy municipal bond if you're not in the highest tax bracket?

Municipal bond has tax benefit. If market is efficient, doesn't that mean the wealthy investors (in highest tax bracket) will bid up the price (lower the yield) until the "tax equivalent yield (...
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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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Saving rate higher than the Fed rate: Too good to be true?

Recently I saw this Intrx company advertise a savings account with 2.91% APY on Facebook, and claim it would be FDIC insured up to 100M. They explain their business in the following: We are an ...
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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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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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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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Selling Interest Rate Swaps

Suppose two parties have entered into an interest rate swap. Would it be possible for one party to sell their portion of the contract to another party? Or would that party have to enter into an ...
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How to get my head around FRAs

I'm completely befuddled by FRAs - forward rate agreements. Take a look at this definition ....But, how EXACTLY does that fix an interest rate for me at all? There's nothing in that definition that ...
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Is a bond's price dependent on yield or is it the other way?

Do changes in the price of a bond cause the yield to move? Or is it the change of rates and consideration of other risks that cause the yield to change which then affects the price of the bond?
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Does an equivalent to stock “options” exist for CDs?

I was curious if an individual is able to purchase the option to get a CD at a particular rate in the future? Or alternatively defer the purchase of a CD and lock in the existing rate.
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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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Treasury bond yield

I am trying to learn about valuation and yields for treasury bonds. For the Treasury Bond maturing on 11/15/2018, initially sold in 1988 with a 9% coupon, it states that the yield to maturity is 1.66%....
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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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Do Junk Bonds have higher coupon rates then investment grade/treasury bonds

I'm trying to understand how junk bonds would incite investors to purchase them, did they offer higher coupon rates then the prevailing market or were they simple priced cheaply in order to ensure a ...
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Are High Yield Bonds issued at a premium or discount?

Will the demand for a higher yielding security cause the high yield bond to be issued at a premium, or will the risk of default and other risks cause the bonds to be issued at a discount to face value?...
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What do people mean when they say US 10 year Government Bond?

I am very new to investing and I am particularly interested in fixed income product. I am just wondering what do people mean when they say US 10 year Government Bond? This term confuses me as I can ...
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In what circumstance would a company want to establish an SPE to engage in following investment?

I was reading a book explaining Special Purpose Entities (SPEs) and an example is used in the book: a firm could sell loans it has made to customers to an SPE that issues bonds to purchase the ...
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When are short-term US Treasury funds (ETF or mutual) a good investment?

I want to understand the rationale behind buying into a short-term Treasury ETF (or mutual fund). In particular, I want to understand how it compares to buying short-term Treasury bonds/bills directly ...
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Cash out mutual funds or stay invested? Risk aversion choice

I am from India. Stating this upfront to focus on Indian context , while the question is generic in nature and would like to get a wider response By way of background I am in late fifties , retired ...
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Bond ETF Dividend Timing

Bond ETFs usually make monthly dividend payments. The ETF manager receives quarterly or semiannual coupons on the underlying bonds in the ETF. What is the time delay between the coupons received and ...
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Are senior loans appropriate to retail investors ?

I understand senior loans to be a class of unsecured debt instrument which a company has to prioritise payment of over other unsecured debt in the case of failure. In principle, this appears to make ...
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What is the meaning of “Debt has Support” regarding a bond?

On the Moody's sheet for every corporate bond I've seen there is a line that states whether the debt has support (Y or N). Can anyone tell me what this means or point me in the direction to find out? ...
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Exit 5 year locked investment, is verbal promise from bank enough?

I have 3 year locked fixed-income investment, I talked with financial advisor and I was not able to take decision how to redirect it immediately so we agreed to meet in about a week. I met her as ...
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Should you sell your bond and buy one at a higher interest rate when interest rate increases?

Suppose you buy a bond 4% coupon 3 years at market rate with 4%.. In the first year you collected your coupon and interest rate rises to 5%. Value of your bond after 1st year: (40/1.05^2) + (1040/1....
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Does buying bonds individually offer an advantage over bond funds/ETFs in a low interest rate environment because bonds can be held to maturity?

I have heard this argument several times. Today's low-interest rate environment makes it risky to own bond funds/ETF. Investors will be seriously injured when interest rates start rising ...
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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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Which field should I use for getting the income yield of this bond ETF?

I am looking at "iShares Global Corp Bond UCITS ETF" listed on the London Stock Exchange. On the website for this bond ETF, there are fields like; "distribution yield" "flat yield" "Weighted Avg ...
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What does DIST refer to in this equity ETF?

I am looking at this bond ETF "iShares MSCI Japan UCITS ETF USD (Dist)" which is listed on the London stock exchange. What does DIST refer to in this equity ETF? I cannot find the answer from the ...
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More sensible to have short term Fixed Deposit or liquidate a Recurring Deposit for income tax payment?

In 3 months time I have to pay my income tax, and I need to accumulate some money for that from my salary payouts, since I've invested my savings in debt and mutual funds and taking it out will invite ...
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LIBOR and fixed income [closed]

So I am just learning about fixed-income markets and securities, and LIBOR pops up all the time. Why are interbank offered rates used as reference rates in floating-rate debt?
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Pros and cons of bond ETF versus traditional bond mutual fund?

Bond ETFs are easily available on stock exchanges today. Bond mutual funds have been around for a long time. I am not sure which to buy to build an income stream as a fixed-income investor. What are ...
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Are Italian bank bonds as good a deal for retail investors as it seems?

The Monte Paschi announced bailout claims that retail investors will be protected from losses imposed by the bailin by compensating them for up to €100k (the financial services compensation scheme ...
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Why are premium bonds more likely to be called than discount bonds?

For premium bonds in the US (ie, bonds trading at a price over par) with a call option, why are they more likely to be called than a bond trading at a discount?
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Is TDS is applicable to closed FD accounts in India?

I have a salary account in Citi Bank, I used keep my savings in citi bank Multi deposit scheme. I'm doing this for past one and half years, But I came to know that there is TDS on Deposits if the ...
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Fixed Income Portfolio

I am in the last 10 years of my professional career. Kids left the nest. No debts. Have some disposable income to invest towards retirement over the next 10 years before I retire. I am looking to put ...