What Are Zero Coupon Bonds?

By Lyle Boss Zero coupon bonds are bonds that do not pay interest during the life of the bonds. Zero Coupon bonds are purchased at a discount and they will fund the face value at maturity. A portion of the funds at maturity will be accumulated interest (the discount) and the original amount of the Read more >>

The Curtain Is Drawn Back On Bond Sales

By Bill Broich If you get the chance to see the movie, “The Big Short” take it.  After watching the movie. O went home to take a shower and try an get some of the Wall Street scum off me that had come from watching how horrible (and stupid) Wall Street really is. It seems Read more >>

Municipal Bonds: A Smart Move Or A Sucker Bet?

By Bill Broich Municipal Bonds can be a terrific vehicle to earn a reasonable rate of interest and at the same time escape taxation on the interest. For many investors who are interested in long term investments with some tax advantages the choice of a municipal bond can be attractive. For investors looking for alternatives Read more >>

30 Year Bonds Available Get Them While They Are Hot

By Bill Broich Our low interest rate environment may offer opportunity for long term bond investors, or does it? In a recent Bloomberg article regarding recent and large bond offerings, I couldn’t help but notice the mammoth size sale recently sold to fund VISA and their acquisition of VISA Europe. In the scheme of thing, Read more >>

What Happens To Bonds and Annuities If Interest Rates Rise

Just a simple rate movement over time of 3% (3.25% discount rate) would reduce the actual value of all inforce US Treasuries by as much as 40% of their market value. Think what would happen if interest rates went even higher? Disaster would loom and trillions of dollars would evaporate if these assets were liquidated. Of course there would be a winner: the US Taxpayer. Treasuries would be replaced with a higher earning interest rate bond, but at a far less value a third of its market value of the original bond.

Outsource The Liability

We are now facing an economic situation similar to about 20 years ago, and I know from experience that you’re not going to like what’s about to happen to you and your important money.

Look Before You Leap Into Corporate Bonds

Considering using bonds for investing in your retirement account? Before you make any commitments, take time to understand exactly how cooperate bonds work, the benefits they offer and the restrictions associated with them.

Savings Bonds and Tax Deferral

Take deferral facts with saving bonds.

Use Golf to Understand Bonds

Using golf as an example makes bonds easy to understand and relate to.