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Chances are that right now you’re standing in the Personal Finance sec-
tion of your favorite bookstore. Take a look to your left. You see that
pudgy, balding guy in the baggy jeans perusing the book on getting rich by
day-trading stock options? Look to your right. You see that gal with the
purple lipstick and the hoop earrings thumbing through that paperback on
how to make millions in foreclosed property deals? I want you to walk over to
them. Good. Now I want you to take this book firmly in your hand. Excellent.
And now I want you to smack each of them over the head with it.
Nice job!
Wiley (the publisher of this book) has lawyers who are going to want me to
assure you that I’m only kidding about smacking anyone. So in deference to
the attorneys, and because I want to get my royalty checks . . . I’m kidding!
I’m only kidding! Don’t hit anyone!
But the fact is that someone should knock some sense into these people. If
not, they may wind up — as the vast majority of people who try to get rich
quick do — with nothing but big holes in their pockets.
Those who make the most money in the world of investments possess an
extremely rare commodity in today’s world — something called patience. At
the same time they’re looking for handsome returns, they are also looking to
protect what they have. Why? Because a loss of 75 percent in an investment
(think tech stocks 2000–2002) requires you to earn 400 percent to get back to
where you started. Good luck getting there!
In fact, garnering handsome returns and protecting against loss are pretty
much the same thing, as any financial professional should tell you. But only
the first half of the equation — the handsome return part — gets the lion’s
share of the ink. Heck, there must be 1,255 books on getting rich quick for
every one book on limiting risk and growing wealth slowly but surely.
Welcome to that one book: Bond Investing For Dummies.

Description

Introduction ………………………………………………………..1
Part I: Bond Appetit! …………………………………………….9
Chapter 1: So You Want to Be a Bondholder………………………………………………………..11
Chapter 2: Developing Your Investment Game Plan …………………………………………….23
Chapter 3: The (Often, but Not Always) Heroic History of Bonds………………………..35
Chapter 4: Sweet Interest Is the Name of the Game……………………………………………..47
Part II: Numerous and Varied Ways
to Make Money in Bonds ………………………………………69
Chapter 5: “Risk-Free” Investing: U.S. Treasury Bonds…………………………………………71
Chapter 6: Industrial Returns: Corporate Bonds………………………………………………….87
Chapter 7: Lots of Protection (and Just a Touch of Confusion): Agency Bonds ….101
Chapter 8: (Almost) Tax-Free Havens: Municipal Bonds…………………………………….111
Chapter 9: Le Bond du Jour: Global Bonds and Other
Seemingly Exotic Offerings ……………………………………………………………………………..127
Part III: Customizing and Optimizing
Your Bond Portfolio……………………………………………143
Chapter 10: Risk, Return, and Realistic Expectations…………………………………………145
Chapter 11: The Science (and Pseudoscience) of Portfolio-Building ………………….163
Chapter 12: Dividing Up the Pie: What Percentage Should Be in Bonds? ……………173
Chapter 13: Which Kinds of Bonds Make the Most Sense for You? …………………….191
Part IV: Bonds Away! Navigating
the Fixed-Income Marketplace ……………………………..205
Chapter 14: Strategizing Your Bond Buys and Sells……………………………………………207
Chapter 15: Investing (Carefully!) in Individual Bonds……………………………………….221
Chapter 16: Picking a Bond Fund That Will Serve You for Life……………………………237
Part V: Bonds As Replacements for the
Old Paycheck …………………………………………………..259
Chapter 17: Fulfilling the Need for Steady, Ready, Heady Cash…………………………..261
Chapter 18: Finding Comfort and Security in Old Age………………………………………..277

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