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The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s InvestingInBonds.com website has three sets of navigational links on all pages to enable you to find what you want quickly from anywhere on the site.

The top white bar contains the primary navigation:

  • a robust search function; and
  • Commentary
    where you will find links to commentary from leading financial firms and market analysts.
  • Learn More
    contains information for beginners; experienced equity investors new to bonds; and sophisticated bond investors

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Calculators

Taxable/Tax-Free Yield Equivalent Calculator
Use this calculator to compare what you need to earn on a taxable security to equal the tax-free yield of a municipal bond.

General-Purpose Bond Calculator
Use this calculator to test different bond transaction scenarios. By adjusting the price, yield, coupons and dates, determine yields, durations, convexity, cash flows.

Learn More Content

Bond Basics

  • Overview
  • What Are Bonds?
  • Why Invest in Bonds 
  • Key Bond Investment Considerations, part 1
  • Key Bond Investment Considerations, part 2
  • How to Invest
  • Investment Strategy Considerations
  • For More Information 
  • Bond Basics Glossary

What You Should Know

  • Overview
  • The Role of Bonds in America
  • Investor’s Checklist
  • Investor Protection
  • Asset Allocation
  • How to Read Bond Prices in the Newspaper
  • Understanding Economic Statistics
  • Bond and Bond Funds
  • Risks of Investing in Bonds
  • Rating Changes And Your Investments
  • Corporate Bankruptcy And Your Investment
  • Selecting and Working with a Financial Professional
  • Rising Interest Rates And Your Investments
  • Tax Tables

Buying and Selling Bonds

  • Overview
  • How to Invest
  • Selecting and Working with a Financial Professional
  • Bond Swapping
  • Investor's Checklist 

Types of Bonds

  • Overview
  • Tax Exempt Municipal Bonds
  • Zero Coupon Municipal Bonds
  • Build America Bonds (BABs) 
  • AAA Rated Insured Municipal Bonds
  • US Treasury Securities
  • US Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS)
  • Agency Bonds
  • GSE Debt Securities  
  • Corporate Bonds
  • High Yield Bonds
  • Fixed-Rate Capital Securities
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) and Collateralized Mortgage Obligations (CMOs)   
  • Fixed-Income Exchange Traded Funds
  • Callable Securities
  • Bond and Bond Funds

Strategies

  • Overview
  • Bond Investment Strategies
  • Asset Allocation
  • Bond Swapping
  • Putting Compound Interest to Work
  • Best Trades for Macro Views
  • Trading on Market Signals
  • Bond and Bond Funds

Bonds at Your Stage of Life

  • Overview
  • Your Stage of Life
  • Financial Planning
    • Financial Planning is a Page with links to the following articles:
      • Overview
      • Bond Investment Strategies
      • Asset Allocation
      • Investor Protection
      • Putting Compound Interest to Work 
      • Risks of Investing in Bonds
      • Changing Bond Ratings And Your Investment
      • Corporate Bankruptcy And Your Investment
      • Rising Interest Rates And Your Investments
      • Mortgage Convexity Risk
      • Taxation of Municipal Bonds
      • AMT and Municipal Bonds
      • Taxes and Market Discount on Tax-Exempts
  • Planning For Retirement
  • Investor's Checklist
  • Tax Tables

About Municipal Bonds

  • Overview
  • Municipal Bonds
  • AAA Rated Insured Municipal Bonds
  • Zero Coupon Municipal Bonds 
  • Build America Bonds (BABs) 
  • Tax Tables
  • Taxation of Municipal Bonds
  • Tax Treatment of Market Discount on Tax-Exempts
  • The AMT and Municipal Bonds
  • Taxable/Tax-Free Yield Calculator

About Government/Agency Bonds

  • Overview
  • Agency Bonds
  • GSE Debt Securities 
  • US Treasury Securities
  • US Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS)
  • European Government Bonds

About Corporate Bonds

  • Overview
  • Corporate Bonds
  • High-Yield bonds
  • Fixed-Rate Capital Securities
  • Corporate Bankruptcy and Your Investment
  • Ratings Changes and Your Investment
  • Certificates of Deposits 

About MBS/ABS

  • Overview
  • Mortgage-Backed Securities (MBS) and Collateralized Mortgage Obligations (CMOs)

How to Use This Site

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  • Investor Protection