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Bond Investing

Investment was once something thought of as what rich people do. Today, investing plays a key role in the financial well-being of millions of Americans. The Securities Industry Association has stated, “the growth in individual investor participation has risen from 30.2 million U.S. shareowners in 1980 to 84.3 million in 2002.” According to a survey published by the Investment Company Institute and the Securities Industry Association, the latter figure encompasses 49.5 percent of U.S. households. Yet, how many of these investors really know the ropes when it comes to making the right investment decisions? Woefully few, laments the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services’ Division of Finance & Corporate Securities, noting that, “Less than one-fifth of those [Americans, who may or may not have been investors] polled passed a simple test asking whether stocks, bonds, savings accounts or certificates of deposit offered the best return over the last 20 years.”

So what can you do to avoid becoming financial fodder when it comes to investing your money? For conservative investors or those investors approaching retirement age, for whom preservation of capital is the prime consideration, knowledge of investing in bonds is essential. The website of The Bond Market Association is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date sources of bond investment information for U.S. Treasury securities (Treasurys), corporate bonds and municipal bonds (munis) to be found anywhere on the internet. The information is free and includes tutorials to help you learn about bonds and bond investing if you are a newcomer to the bond market or to a particular segment of bond investing.

Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson.  Original article published prior to 13 April 2003, updated 13 November 2004.

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