Change up your investment strategy. Diversify with bonds!
Stock, bonds, mutual funds—are all of these elements really necessary in your investment portfolio? Yes! Investing in Bonds For Dummies introduces you to the world of bond investment—and equips you to diversify your portfolio—through the concise and approachable presentation of the details surrounding this form of investment. This engaging text offers a clear, yet thorough take on the background of bond investment, helping you understand why it's such an important part of a well-rounded portfolio. Additionally, the book explores bond returns, risks, and the major factors that can influence the performance of bonds.
When it comes to diversifying your investment portfolio, most financial advisors recommend a strategy that mixes high- and low-risk options, allowing you to protect your investment without being too conservative. Depending upon your age, financial goals, and other key factors, the percentage of your portfolio made up of bonds may vary; however, it's safe to say that bonds will play a role in your investment strategy.
- Understand how to buy and sell bonds and bond funds, and why it's important to do so
- Measure the returns and risks that different bonds have to offer, preparing yourself to make educated investment decisions
- Diversify your investment portfolio by adding bonds to the mix
- Avoid common investment mistakes when navigating the world of bonds
Investing in Bonds For Dummies can keep your investment portfolio from getting stagnant by showcasing why diversification with bonds is essential to a successful investment strategy!
About the Author
Russell Wild is a NAPFA certified financial advisor and principal of Global Portfolios, an investment advisory firm based in Allentown, PA that works with clients of both substantial and modest means. He has written two dozen books and numerous articles on financial matters.
Part I: Bond Apetit! 7
Chapter 1: The Bond Fundamentals 9
Chapter 2: All about the Interest 29
Chapter 3: Types of Bonds 51
Part II: Bonds Away! The Bond Marketplace 79
Chapter 4: Investing (Carefully!) in Individual Bonds 81
Chapter 5: Picking a Bond Fund That Will Serve You for Life 95
Chapter 6: Fulfilling the Need for Steady, Ready, Heady Cash 123
Chapter 7: Finding Comfort and Security in Old Age 143
Part III: Customizing and Optimizing
Your Bond Portfolio 155
Chapter 8: Developing Your Investment Game Plan 157
Chapter 9: Risk, Return, and Realistic Expectations 169
Chapter 10: Balancing Your Portfolio and Choosing Bonds 185
Chapter 11: Strategizing Your Bond Buys and Sells 217
Part IV: The Part of Tens 235
Chapter 12: The Ten Most Common Misconceptions about Bonds 237
Chapter 13: Ten Mistakes That Most Bond Investors Make 243
Chapter 14: Ten Q & A’s with Bond Guru Dan Fuss 249