Investing

Analysis of financial information for stock valuation

Valuation of a company in terms of its shares is a long and effort-taking process. Yet individual investors will find it helpful to get to know about the main stages of the process as they can perform nearly all of the stages on their own. When analyzing a company one…

Bond terms and conditions explained

Sinking-Fund Provisions A sinking fund is money taken from a corporation’s earnings that is used to redeem bonds periodically, before maturity, as specified in the indenture. If a bond issue has a sinking-fund provision, a certain portion of the issue must be retired each year. The bonds retired are usually…

Benefits of Investing in Corporate Bonds

Investors buy corporates for a variety of reasons: Attractive Yields Corporates usually offer higher yields than comparable-maturity government bonds or CDs. This high-yield potential is generally accompanied by higher risks. Dependable Income People who want steady income from their investments, while preserving their principal, include corporates in their portfolios. Safety…

How Does a Harvard Professor Invest for College?

Even if you are a Harvard professor, an economist and an authority on financing a college education, finding the right college savings program is still a nettlesome process. Susan Dynarski, an assistant professor of public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, not only knows how tough it is for…

Exchange Funds are: definition

Exchange funds allow investors a tax-free means to diversify a low-cost-basis and/or restricted stock position. Exchange funds allow investors to pool their low-cost-basis stocks in a fund. In exchange for contributing their stock to the fund, each investor owns a pro-rata share of the fund. After a set period of…

What Are Corporate Bonds?

Corporate Bonds (also called corporates) are debt obligations, or IOUs, issued by private and public corporations. They are typically issued in multiples of $1,000 and/or $5,000. Companies use the funds they raise from selling bonds for a variety of purposes, from building facilities to purchasing equipment to expanding the business….

Beating Inflation Possible With Stock Index Funds

One of the best, though little practiced, ways to outrun a mild loss of purchasing power is through stock index funds. Taylor Larimore and his wife Pat believe in low-cost index funds, although it took an experience with a stockbroker to become a convert. Taylor is an 80-year-old Miamian who…

Understanding Interest-Rate Risks and Yields

Like all bonds, corporates tend to rise in value when interest rates fall, and they fall in value when interest rates rise. Usually the longer the maturity, the greater the degree of price volatility. By holding a bond until maturity, you may be less concerned about these price fluctuations (which…

Top Basic Facts that you need to know to Invest

Interest Payments Corporate bond interest is usually paid semiannually. Zero-coupon bonds pay no periodic interest. Forms of Issuance Corporate bonds are issued in several forms: Registered Bonds: Some corporate bonds are issued as certificates, with the owner’s name printed on them. There are no coupons attached for the owner to…

Types of Fixed Income Securities

There are a few types of Fixed Income Securities. Corporate Bonds Corporate bonds (also called corporates) are debt obligations, or IOUs, issued by private and public corporations. They are typically issued in multiples of $1,000 and/or $5,000. Companies use the funds they raise from selling bonds for a variety of…

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