Bonds & Treasuries

  • Understand How to Short the Bond Market

    Short selling the bond market produces trading profits if bond prices decline. The steps for how to short the bond market require an understanding of bond prices, interest rate relationship and which securities to use to short bonds.
    By Tim Plaehn March 24, 2011 

  • How-To Buy US Savings Bonds and Treasury Bonds Online

    Do you know that you can buy certain kinds of US Treasury bonds and Savings Bond directly from the Treasury Department? The Treasury Direct website also can calculate bond value, display interest rates, and give redemption tables. Here is your guide...
    By Brian Nelson March 20, 2011 

  • What is Unit Investment Trust?

    A Unit Investment Trust, UIT, is an investment company that offers a selective unmanaged portfolio of stocks or bonds for a fixed lifespan. UITs offer some unique features that can make them appropriate for certain investment goals.
    By Tim Plaehn March 9, 2011 


  • What is Zero Coupon Bond?

    Investing in Zero Coupon Bonds, bought at a heavy discount to their face value, can be a safe and assured method of organizing funds for future financial spending.
    By Tim Plaehn March 1, 2011 

  • Understand How Investors Make Money Buying and Selling U.S. Government Securities

    How do investors make money buying and selling U.S. government securities? The possibilities range from simple buy-and-hold to short term trading in the futures pits.
    By Tim Plaehn February 15, 2011 

  • When to Invest in TIPS (Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities)

    Inflation-proof bonds sounds like an oxymoron, but they do exist in Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS). Find out about their relation to the consumer Price Index (CPI), what they are, when to invest in TIPS, and when not to...
    By Bruce Tintelnot November 22, 2010 


  • Rating and Performance of Unit Investment Trusts

    Price and performance for unit investment trusts is not widely available when compared to mutual funds and ETFs. A method of rating unit investment trusts allows an investor to gauge the return potential
    By Tim Plaehn November 22, 2010 

  • Types of Worthwhile Fixed Income Investment

    Fixed income investments can lessen the impact of economic turmoil on a portfolio. What are the types of fixed income investment, and are they worthwhile?
    By Bruce Tintelnot October 31, 2010 

  • Bond Investing: Three Major Types of Bonds

    Investors interest in bond should first understand the different types of bonds. The three classes of bonds provide a wide range of income and investment safety options. So, what are three types of bonds that will help investors?
    By Tim Plaehn October 26, 2010 

  • The Meaning of a Tax Exempt Bond Fund

    What is a Tax Exempt Bond Fund? Why are tax exempt bond funds preferred by wealthy investors? What are the advantages and disadvantages of investing in municipal bonds or munis?
    By Mariam Anthony September 20, 2010 
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