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Markets—and the economy in general—tend to run in cycles, and each phase tends to favor certain sectors. Learn how sector investing can help investors seek specific objectives.
The high-yield bond market has been affected by COVID-19. Yields have surged due to economic uncertainty. But these bonds hold more risk than investment-grade issues. How do investors decide if they should add them to their portfolio?
Investors adding bonds to a stock-heavy lineup may opt for securities with a shelf life designed for today’s investing climate. That’s where bond duration comes in.
When bull turns to bear, should you change your asset allocation? It might depend on where you are in your investment journey. If you’re thinking about a strategy pivot, here are a few things to consider.
Are you—or would you like to become—a municipal bond investor? Understand the potential benefits and risks, and learn about a new service from TD Ameritrade that alerts clients on new muni issuances.
When bonds are wrapped up in an exchange-traded fund (ETF), their values change as yields increase or decrease. Find out what goes on beneath the surface.
Series EE bonds are viewed as a stable investment with a long and storied history, although today’s savings bonds pay paltry interest rates. Here are a few facts about this perennially popular gift for the grandkids.
When seeking portfolio balance and diversification, many investors choose bonds and other fixed-income securities. But just like all investments, bonds carry risk. Learn about bonds and bond risk, and when you should consider fixed-income investing.
What is a bond anyway? Some financial pros recommend bonds as part of a diversified portfolio. Learn the basics, including the definition of a bond, from TD Ameritrade.
As you progress through your retirement investing journey, consider adjusting your asset allocation as your time horizon, investment goals, and risk tolerance change.
New to income investing? Learn about three approaches: dividends from equity holdings, interest from bonds and fixed-income securities, and income from a multi-asset portfolio. Each comes with its own potential benefits and risks.
If you’re interested in a company, its stock isn’t the only investment you might want to consider. Corporate bonds offer yield and potentially (but not always) less risk.
Learn about convertible bonds, what appeal they might have for investors, and how they differ from corporate bonds.
Treasury bonds are boring, right? Wrong. For traders, they represent a market that can be bigger than stocks.
Lifespans are increasing, potentially making fixed-income investments essential for retirees and near-retirees who need to generate reliable income.
Learn how the TD Ameritrade I-Portfolio tool can help you monitor and analyze your fixed-income investments.
As investors, it’s important to understand the relationship between bonds and interest rates. Find out what happens to bonds when interest rates rise.
There are some important things to keep in mind when deciding how to invest for shorter term goals.
What are tax-free muni bonds? Learn the unique benefits and risks of this debt-security investment vehicle.
Stocks? Bonds? They're both known as securities. Learn the definitions of various securities and what sets them apart.
Trading bond futures may not be as risky as you think. A step-by-step guide that explains bond futures contract specs, pricing, and margin can go a long way. Walk through a 10-day bond trade and get a feel for day-to-day price action in the bond futures markets.
Bond and stock investors can look to the yield curve for one measure of inflation and interest rate expectations.
Bonds are typically considered a more conservative investment that can help diversify your portfolio and help you attempt to ride out stock market volatility.
What are the different assets you can use to help build your investment portfolio? Explore the major asset classes: stock, fixed income, cash, and alternatives.
So, what’s the story with U.S. savings bonds? Here’s a brief primer explaining these historically solid investment instruments.
In a rising interest rate environment, investors might consider attempting to counter their fixed-income risk by building a bond ladder.
As the economy continues its march forward after the financial crisis of the last decade, are we finally seeing higher interest rates for CDs and other savings rates?
Learn how economic growth, inflation and interest rates link to the consumer price index and how the CPI, sometimes called the inflation index, affects the stock market as well as depicts the price of goods and services.
Learn the nuances for calculating and reporting your adjusted cost basis for fixed income bonds on your tax return from TD Ameritrade.
What is a bond anyway? Some financial pros recommend bonds as part of a diversified portfolio. Learn the basics including bond definition from TD Ameritrade.
Fixed income can be a vital part of a young investor’s portfolio, helping provide risk management through diversification.
Even though the rate of inflation has been low, it still impacts interest rates, bonds, and your portfolio. Find out more before the Fed’s next meeting.
How might rising interest rates impact long-term investing decisions? Discuss the impact of a rate hike on long-term savings: fixed income, long-term care.
For retirees, the recent dip to record low U.S. bond yields poses a challenge. Will investors be forced into more dangerous investments?
Investors should diversify bond portfolios like they do their stock portfolios. However, bonds portfolios have a few layers of diversification to consider.
What you should know about rising interest rates, and practical trading strategies for dealing with them—approaching Fed decisions in four different arenas.
Study intermarket analysis, specifically bonds, for potential clues on the next leg for Federal Reserve policy and stock market reaction.
Study intermarket analysis for a more complete investing picture. Pull in bonds, currencies, and commodities with typical stock market research.
Only pros care about interest-rate trading, and bonds are boring, right? Not so fast. There’s more to them than meets the eye. Pros don't have all the fun.
With benchmark U.S. interest rates poised to climb, fixed-income investors should consider the implications for muni bonds.
Cash alone won’t cut it as a lingering low-rate environment challenges income investing.
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