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This Element is an excerpt from Higher Returns from Safe Investments: Using Bonds, Stocks, and Options to Generate Lifetime Income (9780137003358) by Marvin Appel. Available in print and digital formats.
Don't know anything about bonds? Start with this plain-English guide to the absolute basics!
A thoughtful program of investing in bonds can help you achieve peace of mind: I explain what bonds are, how they work, and why they are usually (but not always) safe. To begin with, a bond is a loan that an investor makes to a business or government. Bond investors make loans and, in return, receive regular interest payments.