Bond Investing For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 10, 2011 - Business & Economics - 360 pages
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Bonds and bond funds are among the safest and most reliable investments you can make to ensure an ample and dependable retirement income — if you do it right! Bond Investing For Dummies helps you do just that, with clear explanations of everything you need to know to build a diversified bond portfolio that will be there when you need it no matter what happens in the stock market.

This plain-English guide explains the pros and cons of investing in bonds, how they differ from stocks, and the best (and worst) ways to select and purchase bonds for your needs. You'll get up to speed on all the different types of bonds and discover how to know when it's time to sell and how to get the best prices when you do. Find out what you need to know about:

  • Buying and selling bonds and bond funds
  • Measuring bond risks and returns
  • Taxes on bond interest and tax-free bonds
  • Customizing and optimizing your bond portfolio
  • Common bond-investing mistakes and how to avoid them
  • "Risk-free" U.S. Treasury bonds
  • Tax-free municipal bonds
  • High yield corporate bonds
  • The pros and cons agency bonds
  • Convertible bonds, derivatives, and other exotic offerings

Packed with sound advice and dependable formulas for ensuring that your bond investments fulfill your retirement goals, Bond Investing For Dummies is the resource you need to put the gold in your golden years.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
So You Want to Be a Bondholder
11
Developing Your Investment Game Plan
23
The Often but Not Always Heroic History of Bonds
35
Sweet Interest Is the Name of the Game
47
Numerous and Varied Ways
69
Industrial Returns Corporate Bonds
87
Lots of Protection and Just a Touch of Confusion
101
Which Kinds of Bonds Make the Most Sense for You?
191
Bonds Away Navigating
205
Investing Carefully in Individual Bonds
221
Picking a Bond Fund That Will Serve You for Life
237
Bonds As Replacements for
259
Finding Comfort and Security in Old Age
277
Ten Most Common Misconceptions about Bonds
289
Ten Mistakes That Most Bond Investors Make
295

Lots of Protection and Just a Touch of Confusion Agency Bonds 101 Chapter 8 Almost TaxFree Havens Municipal Bonds
111
Le Bond du Jour Global Bonds and Other
127
Customizing and Optimizing
143
The Science and Pseudoscience
163
The Science and Pseudoscience of PortfolioBuilding 163 Chapter 12 Dividing Up the Pie What Percentage Should Be in Bonds?
173
Ten Q As with Bond Guru Dan Fuss
301
Helpful Web Resources for Successful Bond Investing
307
Index
313
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About the author (2011)

Russell Wild, MBA, an expert on bonds, is a fee-only financial planner and investment advisor and the principal of Global Portfolios. He is the author or coauthor of nearly two dozen nonfiction books.

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