Getting Started in Bonds

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 18, 1999 - Business & Economics - 260 pages
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"This book not only does an outstanding job of introducing basic bond concepts, but also introduces the reader to more sophisticated investing strategies. Sharon Wright does a fantastic job demystifying a subject many people find intimidating--this book is not only understandable, but also entertaining and fun." --Brian M. Storms, President, Prudential Investments.

"For do-it-yourselfers who want to invest in bonds, Getting Started in Bonds is a fine primer and reference book. Sharon speaks directly to the reader in a personal way, making complex concepts accessible." --Lawrence J. Lasser, President and Chief Executive Officer, Putnam Investments.

"At last, a lucid overview of the fixed income marketplace has been written for the individual investor. In a lighthearted manner--but based upon solid fundamentals--Ms. Wright has translated the jargon-filled world of bonds into actionable information. I highly recommend Getting Started in Bonds to anyone planning to become involved in fixed income investing."--W. Stansbury Carnes, PhD, Managing Director, Fixed Income Research, Salomon Smith Barney, New York; author, By the Numbers: A Survival Guide to Economic Indicators.

"Ms. Wright has produced an excellent, easy-to-read guide for the novice bond investor. The book is well organized and allows its readers to identify and focus in on the security types most suitable for them. Even experienced investors will find this book a refresher course in bond fundamentals."--Richard Lehmann, Publisher, Income Securities Advisor Newsletter.

"Getting Started in Bonds is a thorough, straightforward, and accessible introduction to the world of fixed income securities. Wright does an excellent job of covering basic concepts as well as explaining the broader factors that affect bond prices. This book is a valuable and essential tool for the novice investor."--Gail C. Scully, Partner and Portfolio Manager, Gofen and Glossberg.

"The recent volatility of world equity markets is sure to increase interest in fixed income investing. Getting Started in Bonds successfully introduces investors to the dynamic world of buying and selling money. Furthermore, it does so in an easy-to-read, entertaining format."--Jefferson DeAngelis, Managing Director, Northwestern Investment Management Company.
 

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Contents

Bond Building Blocks
TYPES OF BONDS
When Uncle Sam Needs a Dime US Government Bonds
The I Hate Taxes Bonds Municipal Bonds
Investing in America Corporate Bonds
Bonds Including the Kitchen Sink MortgageBacked Bonds
Going Global International Bonds
Paid to Wait Convertible Bonds
What Is It Worth to You?
Riding the Curve
A Volatile Relationship
FACTORS AFFECTING BONDS
Is It the Moon the Fed or Your MotherinLaw That Gets Bonds to Move?
FIXED INCOME INVESTMENT STRATEGIES
How to Buy
What to Buy

Almost a Bond Preferred Stock
Its a Wrap Wrapper Products
FIXED INCOME FUNDAMENTALS
My Word Is My Bond
Classic Portfolio Strategies
Conclusion
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About the author (1999)

SHARON SALTZGIVER WRIGHT was most recently Fixed Income Sales Director at Lehman Brothers. Previously, she was assistant vice president at Fidelity Capital Markets, a division of Fidelity Investments.

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