Bonds: An Introduction to the Core Concepts

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 29, 2012 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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An introduction to the world of bonds, from financial expert Mark Mobius

Part of The Mark Mobius Master Class, which introduces readers to both the theory and practice of modern global financial markets through the eyes of one of the most recognized and respected fund managers in the world, Bonds: An Introduction to the Core Concepts cuts through the jargon and mystique of the world of bonds. Packed with everything you need to understand how bonds work and how you can use them, this is the only book you need to make the most of the market.

Filled with useful summaries and questions throughout, Bonds offers a comprehensive learning experience, illuminated with anecdotes and cartoons that bring the subject matter to life.

  • Features clear definitions of financial terms, worked examples of transactions and contracts, and much more
  • Contains everything you need to know to understand the world of bonds, from financial guru Mark Mobius
  • Features real life anecdotes from Mobius's own remarkable experiences in the markets

Compelling reading, Bonds: An Introduction to the Core Concepts contains everything novice traders and investors need to explain the markets, in plain English.

 

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Contents

1 An Introduction to Bonds
1
2 Bond Markets
11
3 Rating Agencies
29
4 Government Bonds
43
5 Corporate Bonds
57
6 International Bonds
71
7 Bond Calculations
85
8 Risk
93
9 Investing Methods
105
10 Building a Portfolio
119
11 QA on Bond Investing
131
Quick Quiz Answers
137
Useful Websites
143
Glossary
145
Index
167
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Mark Mobius, Ph.D., Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets Group, currently directs analysts based in Templeton's 17 emerging markets offices and manages the emerging markets portfolios.

Dr. Mobius has spent more than 40 years working in emerging markets all over the world. He joined Franklin Templeton Investments in 1987 as president of the Templeton Emerging Markets Fund, Inc. In 1999, he was appointed joint chairman of the Global Corporate Governance Forum Investor Responsibility Taskforce of the World Bank and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Awards include: (1) "50 Most Influential People" by Bloomberg Markets Magazine in 2011, (2) "2010 Africa Investor Index Series Awards" by African Investor, (3) "Emerging Markets Equity Manager of the Year 2001" by International Money Marketing, (4) "Ten Top Money Managers of the 20th Century" in a survey by the Carson Group in 1999, (5) "Number One Global Emerging Market Fund" in the 1998 Reuters Survey, (6) "1994 First in Business Money Manager of the Year" by CNBC, (7) "Closed-End Fund Manager of the Year" in 1993 by Morningstar and, (8) "Investment Trust Manager of the Year 1992" by Sunday Telegraph. Dr. Mobius was also named by Asiamoney magazine in 2006 as one of their "Top 100 Most Powerful and Influential People." Asiamoney said, he "...boasts one of the highest profiles of any investor in the region and is regarded by many in the financial industry as one of the most successful emerging markets investors over the last 20 years. Despite tough times during the financial crisis nine years ago, he still commands a strong following in the investment world and is influencing the direction of billions of investment dollars."

Dr. Mobius earned bachelor's and master's degrees from Boston University, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in economics and political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of the books Trading with China, The Investor's Guide to Emerging Markets, Mobius on Emerging Market, Passport to Profits, Equities - An Introduction to the Core Concepts, Mutual Funds - An Introduction to the Core Concept, Foreign Exchange - An Introduction to the Core Concepts and Mark Mobius - An Illustrated Biography.

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