Fundamentals of The Bond Market

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McGraw Hill Professional, Mar 5, 2001 - Business & Economics - 257 pages
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Understand the ins and outs of today's surprisingly versatile bond marketplace

As stocks continue their roller-coaster ride, nervous investors will be looking at bonds. FUNDAMENTALS OF THE BOND MARKET gives you the tools you need to master this complex market so you can diversify your portfolio, and get reliable income and safety of principal. Author Esme Faerber has packed this guide with examples, quizzes, checklists, and plain-English explanations to enhance your understanding of everything from the basics of buying and selling to bond ratings, government and international securities, call and convertible features, portfolio management, and more.

Before you risk money in real-time trading, let this hands-on tool bring you up to speed on:


*Three steps that determine the best bond mutual fund for any investor
*Corporate, Municipal, Convertible and Zero-Coupon Bonds - which to buy for individual portfolios
*Treasury securities - how and why to invest in T-bills, notes, and bonds
*Tips of the Trade - techniques to calculate yields, buy and sell different types of bonds, and more

 

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Contents

The Markets and Their Beginnings
1
Terms Definitions Trends and Policies
27
What Affects Prices?
51
Types of Bonds
69
Buying and Selling Bonds
117
Evaluating Bond Characteristics
131
Enhancing Investment Performance
151
Bond Mutual Funds
171
Chapter 9 Managing a Bond Portfolio
199
Investment Companies and Services
219
Glossary
233
Answers to Exercises
241
Index
251
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Esmé Faerber, CPA, (Bryn Mawr, PA) is professor of business and accounting at Rosemont College. Her previous books include All About Bonds and All About Stocks.

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