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Bond Investing with a Conscience: Church Bonds

Talk about good deeds. Churches in the United States have issued bonds for more than a century now. The bonds are most often secured by a deed of trust on church real estate or other property. Traditionally [more…]

Bond Investing with a Conscience: Sukuk Bonds

According to the classical laws of Islam, paying or charging interest is a forbidden. You’d think, therefore, that bond investing would be considered sinful. Well, it depends on the bond. Some very special [more…]

Bond Investing with a Conscience: Socially Responsible Bonds

Socially responsible investing (SRI) can mean different things to different people, but for most, the goal of SRI is to shun bad-thinking-and-doing companies and embrace good-thinking-and-doing companies [more…]

Potentially Risky Bond Offerings: Bowie, Catastrophe, and Death Bonds

When rock star David Bowie decided in 1997 to produce his own bonds using his considerable talent (and future song royalties) as collateral, it struck some as a rocking good idea. Bowie got [more…]

Derivatives and Default Bond Products

If you think of debt securities as safe and boring, look at some of these investments, which are built on derivatives and defaulted bonds. You could double or triple your money overnight . . . or see it [more…]

Evaluating Exchange-Traded Notes

They sound like exchange-traded funds (investments similar to mutual funds, usually indexed mutual funds that trade like stocks), but exchange-traded notes [more…]

The Interest Rate Risk in Bond Investing

The vast majority of bond offerings are rather staid investments. You give your money to a government or corporation. You receive a steady flow of income, usually twice a year, for a certain number of [more…]

The Inflation Risk in Bond Investing

Although bonds are known for being safe investments, there is risk inherent in every investment. Bondholders do have first dibs on the issuer’s money. A corporation is legally bound to pay you your interest [more…]

The Reinvestment Risk in Bond Investing

The vast majority of bond offerings are rather staid investments. You give your money to a government or corporation. You receive a steady flow of income, usually twice a year, for a certain number of [more…]

The Default Risk in Bond Investing

Most people view bonds as low-risk investments. You give your money to a government or corporation. You receive a steady flow of income, usually twice a year, for a certain number of years. Then, typically [more…]

The Downgrade Risk in Bond Investing

Bond investing has a reputation for safety not only because bonds provide steady and predictable streams of income, but also because as a bondholder you have first dibs on the issuer’s money. A corporation [more…]

The Tax Risk in Bond Investing

Bond investing has a reputation for safety not only because bonds provide steady and predictable streams of income, but also because as a bondholder you have first dibs on the issuer’s money. A corporation [more…]

What Are the Best Emerging Market Bond Funds?

Emerging market bond funds are not for the faint of heart. If you're willing to deal with the volatility, emerging market bond funds — made up of bonds from countries such as Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and [more…]

Voice Your Personal Brand

If you master your voice, it can be a positive part of your image and brand. Obviously, your voice is a crucial communication tool. The quality of your voice is crucial to the quality of your communications [more…]

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