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All About Bonds and Bond Mutual Funds [Secure eReader]
eBook by Esme E. Faerber

eBook Category: Personal Finance
eBook Description: Everything an individual investor needs to know about bonds. The average income investor doesn't want--or need--to get bogged down in technical discussions of interest rates and time. So All About Bonds and Bond Mutual Funds gives them what they want--a simple yet comprehensive treatment of bonds and bond funds. Along with updated bond information, this revised edition also includes new material on: bond mutual funds; tax-free municipal bonds; international bonds and bond funds.

eBook Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, Published: 2002
Fictionwise Release Date: July 2002




PREFACE

This new edition of All About Bonds and Bond Mutual Funds is, of course, updated, and it introduces many changes and improvements over the first edition. Most individuals investing in the different types of bonds use mutual funds over individual bonds. This practical guide is designed not only for practicing investors with some experience in mutual funds or the individual types of bonds but also for potential bond investors who have yet to get their feet wet. By understanding the underlying bond investments held by mutual funds, investors are able to better evaluate their choices of bond mutual funds. The purpose of this book is to introduce and explain as lucidly and simply as possible the information needed to purchase individual bonds and bond mutual funds. While the book covers the basics of investing in the different types of bonds, many sophisticated concepts also are included. These concepts may be difficult for beginning investors, but then the nature of determining the choices of different investments is not an easy matter.

The first chapter explains what bonds and bond mutual funds are, their characteristics, the terminology of bonds, the advantages of investing in bonds, how to buy and sell bonds, and how the bond markets function. A discussion of the differences of the investment classes of assets, such as stocks, bonds, and money market securities, has been added. How these would be included to achieve the investor's objectives as set out by an investment plan is also covered.

The second chapter evaluates the characteristics of bonds, their risks, rates of return, yield, liquidity, duration, and valuation.

The third chapter includes an overview of the economic influences which have a bearing on the valuation of bonds. Understanding the relationships between the economy and the bond markets is of great significance for bond investors. The second part of the chapter includes tables on how to read the different bond quotations listed in the newspapers. Beginning investors should read these first three chapters in their entirety.

Chapters four through ten discuss the different bond securities individually, namely, short-term instruments (money market mutual funds, Treasury bills, commercial paper, bankers' acceptances); corporate bonds and corporate bond mutual funds; Treasury securities, including the new Treasury inflation-indexed securities and inflation-indexed savings bonds, and Treasury mutual funds; government agency bonds and agency mutual funds; municipal bonds and municipal bond mutual funds; convertible bonds and convertible bond mutual funds; and zero-coupon bonds and zero-coupon mutual funds. These may be read in any order.

Chapters eleven and twelve include the general information on fixed-income mutual funds and closed-end funds. Each type of fund is analyzed as to how it works, the risks, how to buy and sell funds, the advantages, disadvantages, caveats, and whether this type of investment is suitable for you.

Chapter thirteen discusses the management of a bond portfolio.

Investing money is not easy, and the aim of this book is to make the task a little less difficult. Investors should invest in only those investments that they understand and feel comfortable with.

Copyright © 2000 by Esmé Faerber


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