Most people will not buy a bond, but after learning what a bond is and what it can do for you, your going to want to purchase some as soon as possible. As a investor you always want to diversify your investments, any 401k manager or financial advisor will tell you that. That is part of the reason why ten percent of your 401k generally includes bonds.
In general, a bond is issued when a entity (company or government) needs funding for advancement or backed expenses. Just like a certificate of deposit, with a bond you can only redeem your investment at a specific time. Bonds can be redeemable anywhere from 1-30 years. These type of investments are normally considered low risk in comparison to stocks. Typically the interest you gain from bonds are enough to protect you from inflation.
TYPES OF BONDS
Treasury Bonds – Are issued by the government.
Corporate Bonds – Are issued by corporations for profit.
Agency Bonds – Are issued by federal agencies.
Municipal Bonds – Are issued by cities, states, and countries.
The best bond to invest in, is debatable, but what I prefer is municipal bonds. The reason why I prefer municipal bond is because municipal bonds, are generally exempt from state income tax in the state where the bond is issued. Also municipal bonds are generally moderate risk but can be high, which means this type of bond will give you a pretty good return.
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