Your friendly guide to navigating the bond and bond fund market Bonds and bond funds can be among the safest and most reliable investments you make to ensure an ample and dependable retirement income - if you choose wisely! 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. ul liBond appetit - get a crash course on what makes a bond a bond, how they're bought and sold, and how they're ratedli liNot your grandfather's bonds - discover the advantages and potential drawbacks of bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury, corporations, government agencies, municipalities, and other (sometimes more exotic) entitiesli liTo risk or not to risk - assess just how much investment risk you should be taking and how - by using a mix of bonds - you can minimize that risk for optimal returnli liBonds away - grasp the role of bond brokers, get the scoop on researching bond prices and true yields, and find out how to avoid getting stuck with fixed-income rip-offsli liProtect your bond nest egg - find out if your bond portfolio is enough to replace your paycheck - and pare down or beef up your fixed-income allocation accordinglyli ul Open the book and find: ul liThe key reason to invest in bonds or bond fundsli liAn introduction to Treasuries, corporate bonds, and moreli liThe science of portfolio buildingli liGuidance for making the right bond selectionsli liThe 4-1-1 on interest and taxes on interestli liTips for working with a bond broker or agentli liCommon misconceptions about bondsli liA helpful Q&A with bond fund guru Dan Fussli ul Learn to: ul liBuy and sell bonds and bond fundsli liMeasure bond returns and riskli liDiversify your portfolioli liAvoid common investing mistakesli ul
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August 28, 2012
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