Bond Basics

Key Bond Investment Considerations, part 2

In addition to the key variables listed in "Key Bond Investment Considerations Part 1" there are more critical variables to examine and understand before investing in bonds including:

  • credit quality
  • credit rating
  • bond insurance - financial guaranty insurance
  • price
  • yield 
  • market fluctuations - the link between price and yield
  • the link between interest rates and maturity
  • interest rates - inflation, central banks and inter-bank rates
  • tax status
  • assessing risk

These factors, along with factors outlined in "Key Investment Considerations Part 1" can help determine the value of your bond investment and the degree to which it matches your financial objectives.


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