Outline of bonds

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The following outline is provided as a topical overview of bonds:

A bond is a debt investment. Investors loan money to corporations or governments for a set term and interest rate. The initial face value of most bonds is $1,000. After issuance bonds trade on the over-the-counter market where their principal value fluctuates according to changes in interest rates and any changes in the bond's credit quality. Newly issued corporate bonds are syndicated by consortiums of investment banks who initially buy an offering for resale to investors. Government bonds are offered by auction, where investors tender bids for the issue. Bonds are typically used by investors to stabilize the value of a portfolio and/or produce a stream of income.

Bond fundamentals

US government bonds

US corporate bonds

US municipal bonds

International bonds

Bond strategies

Bond funds