Bonds & Treasuries

  • How to Calculate a Bond's Maximum Theoretical Value

    Traditional bonds offer simple-interest coupon payments over the course of a defined maturity period. When the bond finally matures, the bond’s par value is paid along with the last coupon payment.
    By C. Taylor March 18, 2015 

  • How is the Market Price of a Bond Determined?

    Bond prices can involve many factors, but they you don't have to consider them to be too arcane to be understood. Understanding basic terms like par value, premiums, discounts, yield to maturity, coupon rate, and accrued interest can go a long way...
    By Bruce Tintelnot October 8, 2011 

  • Understanding and Interpreting the Treasury Bond Yield Curve

    The yield curve plots interest rates comparing rates with time to maturity. However, the yield curve is more than a simple graph. The shape and slope of the curve is an indicator of current and future economic conditions.
    By Tim Plaehn August 31, 2011 

  • How Many Rungs Are on Your Bond Ladder?

    Conservative investors often have a significant portion of their assets in bonds, for safety, but this can make money difficult to get to. A bond ladder gives you the benefits of bonds while keeping your money reasonably liquid.
    By William Springer August 12, 2011 

  • Finding & Choosing the Right SRI Bond Fund for You

    Bonds should be a part of any investor's portfolio and investors have a lot of choices today with specialty bond funds, such as SRIs. However, does an investor have to forsake good returns to invest with their conscience? Here is a set of criteria...
    By Ginny Edwards August 6, 2011 

  • Understanding the Basics of Junk Bonds

    Most investors find junk bonds risky as they are below investment grade. However, these bonds can offer high rates of return and are highly profitable to bond funds. Investors need to have a complete understanding of junk bonds to determine how to invest...
    By Shobha Sriram July 17, 2011 

  • Different Types of U.S. Savings Bonds: A Comparison

    U.S. savings bonds are a safe way to set up a savings plan with amounts starting at $25. However, savings bonds are not just for kids' college savings plans. These can pay attractive, tax-advantaged rates of interest, prompting many investors...
    By Tim Plaehn July 16, 2011 

  • What are I Bonds?

    If you are going through a period of your life in which you need a safe investment option, consider I Bonds. Backed by the U.S. government, I Bonds give you a virtually risk-free way to grow your money. However, prior to purchasing I Bonds, you should...
    By Finn Orfano June 29, 2011 

  • What is a Treasury Bond

    During times of economic uncertainty, people who want to invest are looking for safer alternatives to secure their future. One of these safer alternatives are Treasury Bonds.
    By ShawnTe June 29, 2011 

  • Bonds and Yields

    High yields and interest payments with low risk is every bond investor's dream. We explore bonds, yields, pricing, and important concepts needed to make money.
    By Dave Guilford June 29, 2011 
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