Bond Basics

Bond basics are the introductory concepts to the bond market. The mysmp.com bond basics category provides articles and videos that cover general bonds topics.

Methods for utilizing the Capital Asset Pricing Model to identify arbitrage opportunities.
Learn about the basic components of a bond such as coupon payments, bond indentures, prospectus, and bond issuers.
Bond convexity describes the relationship between price and yield of a bond.
A bond coupon refers to the periodic interest payments that a bond holder receives for purchasing a bond.
Duration is the weighted average term to maturity of a bonds cash flows. Duration helps quantify an bonds sensitivity to interest rate shocks.
Bond Ladders, barbells, and bullets are strategies that will help the investor balance their bond portfolios.
Bond Prices are inversely related to interest rates
Learn the basics in bond pricing analytics - cash flows, yield, and total return
The current yield represents the interest rate of a security and is most commonly associated with bonds. The current yield is calculated by dividing the annual interest payment by the current bond price.
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