Bond Investing For Dummies BY Russell Wild

Bond Investing For Dummies BY Russell Wild
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Bond Investing For Dummies

BY Russell Wild



Adobe E-Book 333 pages December 2007

Bonds and bond funds are among the safest and most reliable investments you can make to ensure an ample and dependable retirement income ¡ª if you do it right! Bond Investing For Dummies helps you do just that, with clear explanations of everything you need to know to build a diversified bond portfolio that will be there when you need it no matter what happens in the stock market.

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 for your needs. You'll get up to speed on all the different types of bonds and discover how to know when it's time to sell and how to get the best prices when you do. Find out what you need to know about:

Buying and selling bonds and bond funds

Measuring bond risks and returns

Taxes on bond interest and tax-free bonds

Customizing and optimizing your bond portfolio

Common bond-investing mistakes and how to avoid them

"Risk-free" U.S. Treasury bonds

Tax-free municipal bonds

High yield corporate bonds

The pros and cons agency bonds

Convertible bonds, derivatives, and other exotic offerings Packed with sound advice and dependable formulas for ensuring that your bond investments fulfill your retirement goals, Bond Investing For Dummies is the resource you need to put the gold in your golden years.


Russell Wild, MBA, an expert on bonds, is a fee-only financial planner and investment advisor and the principal of Global Portfolios. He is the author or coauthor of nearly two dozen nonfiction books.


Introduction. Part I: Bond Appetit!

Chapter 1: So You Want to Be a Bondholder.

Chapter 2: Developing Your Investment Game Plan.

Chapter 3: The (Often, but Not Always) Heroic History of Bonds.

Chapter 4: Sweet Interest Is the Name of the Game.

Part II: Numerous and Varied Ways to Make Money in Bonds.

Chapter 5: ¡°Risk-Free¡± Investing: U.S. Treasury Bonds.

Chapter 6: Industrial Returns: Corporate Bonds.

Chapter 7: Lots of Protection (and Just a Touch of Confusion): Agency Bonds.

Chapter 8: (Almost) Tax-Free Havens: Municipal Bonds.

Chapter 9: Le Bond du Jour: Global Bonds and Other Seemingly Exotic Offerings.

Part III: Customizing and Optimizing Your Bond Portfolio.

Chapter 10: Risk, Return, and Realistic Expectations.

Chapter 11: The Science (and Pseudoscience) of Portfolio-Building.

Chapter 12: Dividing Up the Pie: What Percentage Should Be in Bonds?

Chapter 13: Which Kinds of Bonds Make the Most Sense for You?

Part IV: Bonds Away! Navigating the Fixed-Income Marketplace.

Chapter 14: Strategizing Your Bond Buys and Sells.

Chapter 15: Investing (Carefully!) in Individual Bonds.

Chapter 16: Picking a Bond Fund That Will Serve You for Life.

Part V: Bonds As Replacements for the Old Paycheck.

Chapter 17: Fulfilling the Need for Steady, Ready, Heady Cash.

Chapter 18: Finding Comfort and Security in Old Age.

Part VI: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Most Common Misconceptions about Bonds.

Chapter 20: Ten Mistakes That Most Bond Investors Make.

Chapter 21: Ten Q & A¡¯s with Bond Guru Dan Fuss.

Part VII: Appendix.

Appendix: Helpful Web Resources for Successful Bond Investing.