Rev. ed. of: All about bonds and bond mutual funds. 2nd ed. c2000.
|Statement||by Esme Faerber.|
|Contributions||Faerber, Esme. All about bonds and bond mutual funds.|
|LC Classifications||HG4651 .F29 2009|
|The Physical Object|
|LC Control Number||2008031057|
The book also gives reader charts that show the advantages and disadvantages of investing in different types of bonds directly and by using mutual funds and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The book walks you through the different characteristics of bonds, the risk different classes of bonds contain, how to figure the yield of a bond by their /5. Bond mutual funds aren’t that dissimilar from equity mutual funds. Both come with a portfolio of assets and professional management that selects what assets to hold and how they should be weighted. For most investors, the idea of professional management in a bond portfolio is . As the stock market continues to take a beating, nervous investors look to bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for protection . An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is an investment fund traded on stock exchanges, much like stocks. An ETF holds assets such as stocks, commodities, or bonds and generally operates with an arbitrage mechanism designed to keep it trading close to its net asset value, although deviations can occasionally occur. Most ETFs track an index, such as a stock index or bond index.
Investors should factor all of these expenses (loads and brokerage fees) into their thinking when assessing the costs and benefits of mutual funds versus ETFs. Costs The average bond mutual fund has an annual expense ratio of percent, but the average bond ETF has an expense ratio of . Exchange-Traded Funds For Dummies, 2nd Edition By Russell Wild There are a few national municipal ETFs — that is, funds that hold state and local government bonds from across the land — that are worthy of consideration for your portfolio. Exchange Traded Funds Exchange-traded funds are similar to mutual funds, but they're traded like stocks and often have lower expenses. Learn all about how ETFs work, where to buy them, and how they can give you exposure to different economic sectors and : Kent Thune. Mutual funds and ETFs are investment products in which investors take ownership in a selection of investments. The differences lie within their structure, the way they are traded, and their expenses, taxes, and product types. A few differences are that ETFs can be bought and sold at any time during market hours like the shares of a stock, whereas mutual funds can only be purchased at the .
What are mutual funds? A mutual fund is a company that pools money from many investors and invests the money in securities such as stocks, bonds, and short-term debt. The combined holdings of the mutual fund are known as its portfolio. Investors buy shares in mutual funds. Each share represents an investor’s part ownership in the fund and the income it generates. All things being equal, funds with lower expenses ratios will outperform those with higher ones. The kicker is that bond mutual funds and bond ETFs aren’t equal. It seems that bonds are one area of the market that a human touch actually works. Bond funds tend to have a very high active share – that is, they don’t look like their index twins. Bonds have come a long way in recent years. No longer just a relatively safe and secure investment, bonds now offer the potential for capital appreciation in addition to interest income. All About Bonds, Bond Mutual Funds, and Bond ETFs is the key to understanding both traditional and new types of bond : McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing. Mutual funds and exchange-traded funds are not investments, in the sense that a stock or a bond is. Stocks and bonds are asset classes. Mutual funds and ETFs are pooled investment vehicles, where the money of a number of investors is taken together to buy large blocks or large collections of securities.