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Questions tagged [government-bonds]

for questions that relate to government bonds. It is recommend you use a country tag or state what country you are referring to. A government bond is a bond issued by a national government, generally promising to pay a certain amount on a certain date, as well as periodic interest payments.

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Why would I buy a Bond at a Negative Interest rate?

I read that France is selling bonds at Negative Interest Rates, and more recently Germany Started in 2016. I understand why this is beneficial for France, but why in the world would I pay money to ...
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What does “Yield Curve” mean?

In the financial news we often read about the Yield Curve. What exactly is it?
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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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Bought agency bond (FANNIE MAE 0% 04/08/2027), now what?

I just bought 15 of these for $10,677 through my brokerage firm. It says 3.3% interest. I have no idea how this works. But I trust it is gov bond and will pay 3.3%. Can anyone explain how it works? ...
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Why would anyone buy a government bond?

In my country, the interest rates on government bonds are currently 2 - 3%, but I have money in a term deposit at the bank which earns 4% interest. I don't understand how this can be possible. Why are ...
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Did Greece really issue bonds to investors yielding 42% interest?

I read this in the news regarding Greece's financial crisis: The country’s 10-year bond yield fell 11 basis points to 8.04 percent at 12:26 p.m. in Athens today. While that’s down from a record ...
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For an investor, what's the appropriate response to the U.S. Debt downgrade?

So the S&P has downgraded United States debt from it's AAA status. There have been other threads discussing why/when a downgrade will happen, as well as possibility of default. Instead, I want to ...
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What is the rationale behind stock markets retreating due to S&P having a negative outlook on the USA?

From a Bloomberg article published on 18/4/2011 Standard & Poor’s put a “negative” outlook on the AAA credit rating of the U.S., citing a “material risk” the nation’s leaders will fail to deal ...
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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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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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How much in inflation protected securities (TIPS) should I buy?

I'm wondering whether it's worthwhile to allocate some of my bond portfolio in the Vanguard TIPS fund. I plan to work until about 2040, and I prefer (efficient) risk over return. I plan to buy and ...
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How do UK Gilts interest rates and repayments work?

I'm looking at UK Gilts and trying to understand how the interest rates and repayments really work. As I understand, if I buy £100 of a "5% Treasury Gilt 2020" it means I will get 5% interest each ...
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How does the Pension system work in Poland?

I've been reading articles I found in chat about the Polish pension system and how it is changing. (Chat room: http://chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/22/show-me-the-money) I'm trying to understand how ...
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Can I contribute my existing Treasury Bills into a Roth IRA?

Let's say I have paper 30yr treasury bills sitting in a safe that don't mature for 9 years. Can I place those bills into a Roth IRA? If so, are they valued against my contribution limit at face ...
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Is it common for ratings agencies to disagree on sovereign debt ratings?

I heard today that Moody's and Fitch and left the US sovereign debt rating at AAA/Aaa, despite the downgrade from S&P to AA+. Is it common for ratings agencies to disagree on a rating? If so, is ...
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How does the 10 year U.S. Treasury bond work?

Can someone explain to me how these bonds work? Are they released to the public at a certain price (face value) and interest rate, and the face value is what traded on in the market place, resulting ...
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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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10-year real Treasury bond yield: How can it be zero, or negative?

How can the 10-year real Treasury bond yield be zero, or negative? That's like giving out money for free, right? Does that mean that people expect the value of the dollar to go up (deflation)?
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Why government bonds fluctuate so much, even though interest rates don't change that often?

Why do government bond prices fluctuate on a daily basis on the bond market? I can understand the fluctuation of corporate bonds because they are tied to the credit worthiness of the company and ...
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How does a 2 year treasury note work?

The current prices of a 2 year seem to be near the 52 week low. Is that good? Let's say I had $1,000 to spend and I put it all in 2 year treasury notes. Could I sell them in a year like stocks (if ...
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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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How to read bond yield quotes? What do the time, coupon, price, yield, and time mean?

I am newbie in finance and I recently saw Bloomberg bond yields quoted as follows: Can anyone specify what "1 month" and "1 year" mean? What do coupon, price, yield and time (EDT) mean?
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Would the effects of an anticipated default by a nation be mostly symbolic?

Given that the whole Greece saga has played out for a few years now -- and that most speculation is that Greece will default at some point -- if they finally do default, will it be mostly symbolic? ...
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What effect would a lower U.S. government credit rating have on TIPS?

TIPS = Treasury Inflation Protected Securities. Inflation could come quickly if the U.S. starts printing money to pay debt. I'm thinking about investing in these to protect my portfolio. How does ...
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How could USA defaulting on its public debt influence the stock/bond market?

Ok, let's face it... US public debt is high and people are starting to wonder if the country might default on its debts. How would this hit United States' stock market, its bonds, or its currency? ...
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Are AAA private-sector corporate bonds safer than government bonds?

Conventional wisdom says that government bonds are the safest investment there is. But the Indian government is rated only one level above junk. Aren't AAA-rated bonds of Indian companies safer? Haven'...
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How does S&P schedule reviews of sovereign credit ratings?

It's not too hard to find current sovereign credit ratings, but I need more info. I believe that the major ratings agencies schedule reviews of different countries (or banks, etc.) so what I'd like ...
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Which particular 10-year note does the daily 10-year treasury note yield refer to?

Question might be a bit obscure. The yield of the 10-year treasury note is reported daily on TV and in the papers. Since there are notes with different maturities in circulation, also more importantly,...
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Does it make any sense for UK private investors to hold gilts directly and outside of a tax wrapper?

According to my understanding of gilts (which is in accordance with the answers here), private investors in UK gilts paying a premium on the redemption price (for example 2% T20s currently report a ...
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Tangible alternative to paper U.S. savings bonds?

When I was little, it was fairly common to get US Savings Bonds from relatives. It introduced me to savings, financial instruments, and the idea of delayed gratification. I know there are 529 plans, a ...
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Does taxation of Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) undermine their function as protection against inflation?

From this document from Vanguard: TIPS are taxed in a slightly different manner than conventional Treasury bonds. The periodic inflation-based “gross-up” in the principal of TIPS is taxed at ...
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Where do I-Bonds fit into personal finance plans?

I'm mainly interested in a finding a medium-term, low risk savings vessel. Bank and Credit Union savings accounts available to me at the moment are all < 1% APY, so inflation-protected securities ...
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Do governments support their own bonds when their value goes down?

I'm far from expert in finance, so please bear with me. It's my understanding that a company who issued stock typically support it when the stock price go down. Does the same thing happen with ...
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Is a pre-tax 401K, containing only treasury bonds, tax free on release?

In time-deferred pre-tax funds, such as 401K and IRAs, I understand that the contributions and capital gains tax is not paid until after they are released. In this case upon retirement/a certain age ...
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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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Bond ETFs as a means to achieve risk parity

Background One of the investors that I really look up to is Ray Dalio. He has stated that a 50/50 stock to bonds allocation does not acheive risk parity because 80% of your risk is still in your ...
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Treasury bills, how do they work?

I am looking at Bills tab on the site: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/instit/annceresult/annceresult.htm There is a 4-week security term with what appears to be a 4-week maturity date, with "high-...
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Could someone help me understand bond information?

I'm currently looking at this website for information on Government of Canada bonds. I was just wondering if anyone could tell me when the coupon payments are made (is there only one at maturity?) and ...
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Pros & cons of Floating Rate Notes (FRNs) offered on TreasuryDirect, vs. Treasury Bills?

I'm specifically looking to make short term investments in Treasury Bills or Floating Rate Notes (FRNs), which are new securities that began to be offered in January 2014. How do each of these ...
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Asset Allocation, Risk Free Part with Negative Yielding Bonds

I read a few books about asset allocation, e.g. Bernsteins's Asset Allocation states that mixing bonds with stocks lowers the risk significantly but only decreases the profit slightly. So there is a ...
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Should I always hold short term bonds till maturity?

If one has bought a bond with few years left for maturity and if the yield to maturity (YTM) when the bond was bought was greater than risk free rate (government deposit rates), would it be ideal to ...
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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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What effect would currency devaluation have on my investments?

I am curious what effect currency devaluation has on the value of my various investments/assets. For instance, I have retirement savings in mutual funds, growth stocks, and bonds. First, let's ...
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Is the price of a long-term STRIP typically higher than that of a short-term STRIP?

When interest rates and duration are taken into account, how do they affect the prices of STRIPS ? I'm so confused with this question.
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Why are US treasury bonds priced in 32nds?

What is the historical reason for treasury bonds to be priced in 32nds? I have tried using Google and this site to find the answer, but have not been able to find anything definite. Three ...
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Why are some medium term UK government bond (gilt) prices seemingly so disparate?

Looking at UK government bond prices and picking out one example of what I mean: Coupon Maturity Trading price Treasury 8% 2021 8 07-Jun-21 123.08 Treasury 4,3/4% ...
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How to figure out interest received from 'cash and cash equivalents' in a balance sheet?

Looking at APPL's balance sheet, I can see that they have a few million as cash and cash equivalents. I want to know more about cash and cash equivalents. I understand that cash and cash ...
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If I cash in a U.S. treasury bond before maturity, do I lose out on the difference in face value and purchase value?

I have a 30-year U.S. treasury bond (series EE) that is about 3 years away from maturity. I'm considering cashing it in. However, the purchase value was half the face value. If I cash it in, would I ...
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Questions about government bonds that have already matured

I have a family member that holds some bonds issued on real paper (like from trees). I have a few questions about mature bonds: Does a person have an indefinite period of time to cash them in? Where/...