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Investing in Corporate Bonds

Boring can be profitable, but only if the underlying risk/return case is good. In my personal view, that’s rarely true of corporate bonds.

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What are corporate bonds?

For private investors, corporate bonds offer the opportunity to buy a fixed income in exchange for an investment of capital.

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There are three main things that drive changes in a corporate bond’s yield and so its price.

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The main types of corporate bonds

In this post I’ll explain the most important types of corporate bonds for private investors.

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Convertible bonds

If you’ve been luckier than me, you may wish to investigate convertible bonds.

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You will find all kinds of ‘bonds’ or related terms being bandied about from time to time

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Stocks vs corporate bonds

When you invest in a stock, you become a part-owner. When you instead invest in its corporate bonds, you’re instead a creditor.

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The data shows corporate bonds have beaten equities over the past decade. It won’t last.

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Here are some good places to visit if you want to research individual corporate bonds. Don’t expect the opposite sex to be impressed.

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How to calculate bond yields

How to calculate the running yield and redemption yield of bonds (or where to find a calculator!)

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When investors flock to high-yield bonds, they often do so heedless of the risks. Here’s some data on corporate bond defaults.

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Retail bonds seem to be being slightly underpriced at launch, despite the firm demand from investors for these higher-yielding investments. This might mean an opportunity.

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Do you want to roll your own corporate bond portfolio? You’ve come to the right place! This article explores how to do so, and the risks versus buying an ETF or fund.

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