Common Questions about Investing in Bonds

What you need to know before investing in Corporate Bonds

How to buy company bonds

BondSavvy shows you how to buy corporate bonds at compelling prices to achieve strong total returns. We educate investors so they can understand how the corporate bond market works and how to find the strongest investment opportunities.  We make CUSIP-level corporate bond investment recommendations customers can apply to their portfolios.  We discuss the advantages corporate bond investments have over bond mutual funds and bond ETFs.  We discuss the advantages corporate bonds have over municipal bonds and Treasury bonds.

Bond Investment newsletter

The BondSavvy newsletter provides regular corporate bond investment recommendations and investor-education posts.  Once we make a recommendation, we continually provide updates to our newsletter subscribers.

Investing

Corporate bonds are a key component to investment portfolios, providing attractive returns, consistent income, and safety.  Corporate bonds often achieve higher returns than bond funds and ETFs.

Which corporate bonds are the best bonds to buy?

BondSavvy identifies undervalued corporate bonds that can appreciate in value and achieve strong total returns. We review thousands of corporate bonds to create a short list of investment opportunities.  We then conduct detailed financial analysis and credit analysis on these bonds to determine which bonds have the most upside relative to the company's financial situation and other bond investment opportunities available to investors.

This is a very different approach than the typical laddered bond portfolio.  When investors create bond ladders, their focus is on the maturity date of the bond and not whether that bond is a good value or not.  In our opinion, this limits an investor's options and reduces returns.  Further, selling bonds before maturity is a key component of our approach as it enables investors to lock in capital appreciation and increase returns.

Best investments

BondSavvy identifies individual corporate bonds that can achieve high total returns.  Corporate bonds offer high returns and more safety than stocks. They can be better investments than bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) because they have lower fees, higher potential returns, return of principal at maturity, payment of a fixed coupon, and great transparency on what you own.  They also enable you to buy bonds at a discount to par value, which can help investors increase their total returns. 

Income investing

Corporate bonds are a crucial component of income investing as they provide yields higher than Treasury bonds and muni bonds. Investors can choose from a wide variety of bonds based on their risk tolerance and investment return objectives.

Corporate bonds

BondSavvy shows investors how to successfully invest in corporate bonds through exclusive investment recommendations and educational videos.

Top investments

BondSavvy conducts extensive research to identify corporate bond investments that can drive strong total returns.

Bond investments

Corporate bonds are an $8.6 trillion market that offer higher returns than Treasury bonds and municipal bonds.  BondSavvy helps clients make successful corporate bond investments through investment recommendations and educational videos.  We discuss the advantages individual corporate bonds have over bond funds and ETFs, as well as over municipal bonds.  BondSavvy covers both investment-grade and high-yield corporate bonds issued by American companies.

Best corporate bonds to invest in

BondSavvy makes CUSIP-level corporate bond investment recommendations that identify undervalued bonds that can drive strong total returns. We review thousands of corporate bonds to create a short list of investment opportunities. We then conduct detailed analysis on these bonds to determine which bonds have the most upside relative to the company's financial situation and other bond investment opportunities available to investors. We conduct credit analysis on both investment-grade and high-yield corporate bonds to determine which bonds provide the most compelling risk-return opportunities.  

Corporate bonds advantages

BondSavvy shows investors the many advantages offered by corporate bonds such as high returns, return of principal at maturity, and consistent income.

Corporate bond trading

BondSavvy provides investment recommendations investors can use to trade corporate bonds. In this video, investors can learn how dealer quotes are shown on various trading systems, how wide bid-ask spreads are, and how to see recent corporate bonds trades on FINRA's TRACE pricing platform.  In this blog post, we show how bid-ask spreads compare in investment-grade corporate bonds and high-yield corporate bonds.  We also show the depth of book of a Hewlett Packard bond, where the bid-ask spread is 0.40 points even though it is a long-duration bond maturing in 2041.  

Bonds investing in

BondSavvy shows you how to invest in individual corporate bonds. We educate site visitors on the advantages of owning individual corporate bonds rather than bond funds. We make CUSIP-level corporate bond investment recommendations after we conduct financial analysis on a variety of companies. We help visitors understand how the corporate bond market works, how bonds trade, and how investors can find undervalued bonds that can appreciate in value and drive strong total returns.  

Individual corporate bonds

BondSavvy's sole focus is individual corporate bonds.  We make CUSIP-level investment recommendations customers can use to successfully invest in corporate bonds. We discuss the many advantages of owning individual corporate bonds compared to bond funds and ETFs.

Company investment bonds

BondSavvy identifies outperforming bond investments in leading American companies. BondSavvy shows how investment returns on corporate bonds compare to bond mutual funds and bond ETFs.  BondSavvy conducts financial analysis on hundreds of companies to evaluate which corporate bonds have the most upside relative to their risk.  We compare leverage ratios and interest coverage ratios to see which bonds yield higher in relation to their risk.  We show the difference between credit risk and interest rate risk so investors can determine which bonds best fit their portfolios.  We discuss the impact of rising interest rates on bonds and how rising rates have different impacts on different types of bonds.

Corporate bond performance

BondSavvy shows how individual corporate bond performance compares to leading bond mutual funds and bond ETFs.  Click here to see how a portfolio of individual bonds performed relative to the iShares AGG ETF, the iShares LQD ETF, and the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index.  We show that owning a select portfolio of individual corporate bonds enables investors to be selective and achieve returns that outperform the market. We show both pre-tax performance and, in select cases, after-tax performance.  Corporate bonds typically offer investment returns that are higher than Treasury bonds and municipal bonds.  

Why invest in corporate bonds

Corporate bonds offer high returns but with less risk than stocks. They offer many advantages over bond funds such as no recurring fees, higher returns, return of principal at maturity, and the ability to select the price at which you invest

How to select bonds

BondSavvy shows you how to invest in undervalued bonds that can appreciate in value and drive strong total returns. We comb through thousands of bonds to recommend a small number we believe can outperform the bond market.

Bonds and investments

Bonds are a key part to a successful investment portfolio.  BondSavvy focuses on individual corporate bonds, debt issued by companies that pay a fixed coupon and return your investment principal at maturity.  BondSavvy discusses why investors should consider adding corporate bonds to their portfolios, including their advantages to stocks, bond mutual funds, and other bond investments such as municipal bonds.  BondSavvy provides recommendations on individual corporate bonds investors can use to determine which bonds can fit best in their portfolios.  BondSavvy also provides educational tools such as The Crash Course on Corporate Bond Investing that equip investors to make successful corporate bond investments.

How to invest in corporate bonds

BondSavvy's Crash Course on Corporate Bond Investing is a step-by-step video showing investors everything they need to know when investing in corporate bonds.

Bond corporate

Corporate bonds are debt issued by companies that pay investors interest and return their principal at maturity. BondSavvy's focus is individual corporate bonds.  BondSavvy provides educational tools so investors can become familiar with corporate bond investments and successfully add them to their portfolios.  BondSavvy's sole focus is individual corporate bonds, which offer higher returns compared to Treasury bonds and municipal bonds.  They provide a variety of investment opportunities that can suit many different investment requirements and objectives.

Corporate bond investing

BondSavvy helps investors make the most of corporate bond investing with CUSIP-level investment recommendations and online educational videos.

Corporate bonds

BondSavvy shows investors why they should invest in individual corporate bonds here.  We show the returns investors can achieve investing in individual corporate bonds vs. bond funds and ETFs here.  Site visitors can see our perspective on various bond market issues here.  We also provide a comprehensive primer on corporate bond investing here.  Investors can subscribe to see our latest investment recommendations on the Subscribe tab.

Credit analysis

BondSavvy conducts detailed credit analysis to determine which corporate bonds are the best relative value in the market.

Credit research

BondSavvy makes CUSIP-level corporate bond investment recommendations.  We thoroughly evaluate each issuing company's financial statements, industry, and business trends and compare these to other companies to determine which bonds present the best value. 

Fixed income research

BondSavvy makes CUSIP-level corporate bond investment recommendations. For each recommendation, we research the issuing company's business, industry, and financials to identify bonds that can appreciate in value and drive strong total returns.

Corporate bond analysis

Corporate bond analysis is at the heart of BondSavvy site content.  All of our corporate bond investment recommendations are at the bond, or CUSIP, level.  We first evaluate the creditworthiness and credit quality of the corporate bond issuing companies to evaluate how the yield to maturity, yield to call, and yield to worst of different bonds compare to bonds issued by different companies with different financial profiles.  We evaluate a company's balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows to understand its financial strength and risks.  We weigh a bond's interest rate risk and credit risk when recommending corporate bond investments.      

Corporate bond research

BondSavvy provides bond-level corporate bond research. We conduct financial analysis on many companies and evaluate yield to maturity and yield to worst to determine which companies present the most compelling risk-reward investment opportunities.  After we make an investment recommendation, we monitor company earnings releases and SEC filings to determine if an investment recommendation has changed. We are not a bond-rating company, but rather a company that makes recommendations on specific corporate bond investments. 

What are corporate bonds

Corporate bonds are debt issued by companies that pay the holder interest and return the bond's principal at maturity.

Investing in corporate bonds

BondSavvy was founded so more investors could successfully invest in individual corporate bonds. It provides corporate bond investment recommendations and online educational videos.

What is a corporate bond

Corporate bonds are debt issued by companies that pay the holder interest and return the bond's principal at maturity.

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