What Are Treasury Rates and Why Do They Matter? July 2, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Treasury rates can be thought of as the backbone of the global economy. You can use the yield curve, which is a measure of interest rate expectations, to get an idea of economic conditions and trends.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Hitch a Ride to the ETF Galaxy June 28, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

Know about the most popular exchange-traded fund categories you are likely to come across so you can do your top-down analysis before deciding which ETFs to trade.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Big Purchase Ahead? Think of Potential Short-Term Investment Strategies June 14, 2021 2:14 PM   |  

If a big expense is staring you down, here are some important things to keep in mind when deciding how to invest for that shorter-term goal.

5 min read  |  Savings Goals
What Is a Bond? Demystifying Bond Trading and Investing May 28, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Bonds and other fixed-income investments are typically recommended by financial experts as part of a diversified portfolio. Learn fixed-income basics.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Duration, Bucketing, & More: Fixed Income and Your Retirement Portfolio May 14, 2021 10:15 AM   |  

Ultra-low interest rates and a promise by the Fed to keep rates low for a while has many retirees rethinking their bond portfolios. But is that the best course?

4 min read  |  Portfolio Management
Barbell Strategy: A Fixed Income Investment Portfolio Powerlift? February 25, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

One common barbell strategy for fixed income investing is for investors to focus on short- and long-dated maturities, and less on the intermediate term.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Consumer Price Index (CPI): Inflation, Interest Rates, & Growth February 17, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

What is the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and how does it impact your investments? Economic growth, inflation, and interest rates are all linked to the CPI.

3 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
What Does the Post-COVID-19 Investing World Look Like? January 13, 2021 10:30 AM   |  

2020 was a challenging year for investors. But 2021 might be a challenge as well—for different reasons. Here’s a look at the opportunities and risks.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Seeking Higher Yield in a Low Interest Rate Environment? Here Are 6 Ideas November 18, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Interest rates have been low for quite some time, and if Federal Reserve projections hold true, they’ll continue to be low for a while. How might you get a yield bump in such an environment? Here are a few ideas—but remember the risks.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Opportunity Cost and Fixed Income Investing: Invest Now or Wait? October 9, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

The Federal Reserve has no intention of raising the Fed funds rate until 2023. That doesn't mean you should avoid investing in fixed income. There are some advantages to investing in fixed income when interest rates are low.

2 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
It’s All Relative: Basics of Asset Allocation Valuations September 18, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Asset allocation is a basic discipline for diversifying your portfolio, especially if you have a long-term investing strategy. Relative valuations are important.

5 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Charting the Course: 3 Ways to Track the Yield Curve on thinkorswim® August 13, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Upward-sloping, flat, or negative? The yield curve is tracked by traders and investors as an economic and inflation barometer. Here are three ways to track yield curve spreads on the thinkorswim® platform.

3 min read  |  Futures
Business Cycling: The Role of Economic Cycles in Sector Investing June 26, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Markets—and the economy in general—tend to run in cycles, and each phase tends to favor certain sectors. Learn how sector investing can help investors seek specific objectives.

5 min read  |  Stocks & Stock Sectors
Bond Market Look: High-Yield vs. Investment-Grade Bonds May 22, 2020 10:01 AM   |  

The high-yield bond market has been affected by COVID-19. Yields have surged due to economic uncertainty. But these bonds hold more risk than investment-grade issues. How do investors decide if they should add them to their portfolio?

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
When It Feels Like the Sky Is Falling, Should You Pivot Your Retirement Strategy? May 4, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

When bull turns to bear, should you change your asset allocation? It might depend on where you are in your investment journey. If you’re thinking about a strategy pivot, here are a few things to consider.

5 min read  |  Retirement Planning
Muni Bond Basics for Investors: Know the Benefits & Risks January 21, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Are you—or would you like to become—a municipal bond investor? Understand the potential benefits and risks, and learn about a new service from TD Ameritrade that alerts clients on new muni issuances.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Industry Spotlight: How a Bond ETF Builds Its Portfolio & Calculates Yield January 6, 2020 9:30 AM   |  

When bonds are wrapped up in an exchange-traded fund (ETF), their values change as yields increase or decrease. Find out what goes on beneath the surface.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Steady as It Gets? How Series EE Savings Bonds Work January 3, 2020 10:30 AM   |  

Series EE bonds are viewed as a stable investment with a long and storied history, although today’s savings bonds pay paltry interest rates. Here are a few facts about this perennially popular gift for the grandkids.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Considering Fixed Income for Your Portfolio? Understand Bond Risks. And Eat Your Broccoli. December 5, 2019 10:30 AM   |  

When seeking portfolio balance and diversification, many investors choose bonds and other fixed-income securities. But just like all investments, bonds carry risk. Learn about bonds and bond risk, and when you should consider fixed-income investing.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Retirement Portfolio Assets: Allocation by Age August 14, 2019 10:28 AM   |  

As you progress through your retirement investing journey, consider adjusting your asset allocation as your time horizon, investment goals, and risk tolerance change.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Management
Stocks, Bonds, and Multi-Asset: Exploring Three Styles of Income Investing July 12, 2019 11:54 AM   |  

New to income investing? Learn about three approaches: dividends from equity holdings, interest from bonds and fixed-income securities, and income from a multi-asset portfolio. Each comes with its own potential benefits and risks.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
What Is a Corporate Bond? Another Way to Invest in a Company June 19, 2019 10:15 AM   |  

If you’re interested in a company, its stock isn’t the only investment you might want to consider. Corporate bonds offer yield and potentially (but not always) less risk.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
What’s a Convertible Bond? A Different Mode of Investment March 21, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Learn about convertible bonds, what appeal they might have for investors, and how they differ from corporate bonds.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
The Exciting World of Trading Treasury Bonds (Seriously) February 27, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Treasury bonds are boring, right? Wrong. For traders, they represent a market that can be bigger than stocks.

11 min read  |  Futures
Fixed Income: Trying to Make Your Money Last in Retirement February 12, 2019 4:00 AM   |  

Lifespans are increasing, potentially making fixed-income investments essential for retirees and near-retirees who need to generate reliable income.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Management
I-Portfolio: Seeing the Road Ahead for Your Fixed-Income Investments December 7, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

Learn how the TD Ameritrade I-Portfolio tool can help you monitor and analyze your fixed-income investments.

5 min read  |  Web Platform
What Happens to Bonds When Interest Rates Rise? November 6, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

As investors, it’s important to understand the relationship between bonds and interest rates. Find out what happens to bonds when interest rates rise.

6 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Investing Close to Home: The Basics of Municipal Bonds October 15, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

What are tax-free muni bonds? Learn the unique benefits and risks of this debt-security investment vehicle.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
A Day in the Life … Of a Bond Trade October 1, 2018 3:00 AM   |  

Trading bond futures may not be as risky as you think. A step-by-step guide that explains bond futures contract specs, pricing, and margin can go a long way. Walk through a 10-day bond trade and get a feel for day-to-day price action in the bond futures markets.

5 min read  |  thinkMoney Magazine
Asset Allocation 101: What are the Asset Classes and How Does One Choose? July 27, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

What are the different assets you can use to help build your investment portfolio? Explore the major asset classes: stock, fixed income, cash, and alternatives.

5 min read  |  Investing Basics
U.S. Savings Bonds: Fixed-Income Securities Not Just for the Grandkids July 18, 2018 4:00 AM   |  

So, what’s the story with U.S. savings bonds? Here’s a brief primer explaining these historically solid investment instruments.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Rising Rates? Consider a Bond Ladder June 28, 2018 9:00 AM   |  

In a rising interest rate environment, investors might consider attempting to counter their fixed-income risk by building a bond ladder.

2 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
CDs, Savings & Interest Rates: Are the Good Old Days Returning? February 22, 2018 11:00 PM   |  

As the economy continues its march forward after the financial crisis of the last decade, are we finally seeing higher interest rates for CDs and other savings rates?

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Bonds, Fixed Income Securities and Your Adjusted Cost Basis December 10, 2017 7:00 PM   |  

Learn the nuances for calculating and reporting your adjusted cost basis for fixed income bonds on your tax return from TD Ameritrade.

9 min read  |  Tax Strategy
Beginner’s Guide: Understanding the Basics of Fixed Income Investing August 17, 2017 12:00 AM   |  

Fixed income can be a vital part of a young investor’s portfolio, helping provide risk management through diversification.

5 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Fed Meeting Ahead: How Inflation Impacts Interest Rates and Bonds May 17, 2017 9:57 AM   |  

Even though the rate of inflation has been low, it still impacts interest rates, bonds, and your portfolio. Find out more before the Fed’s next meeting.

4 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
Higher Interest Rates: 6 Things to Know for Retirement Planning December 29, 2016 11:00 PM   |  

How might rising interest rates impact long-term investing decisions? Discuss the impact of a rate hike on long-term savings: fixed income, long-term care.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Income Conundrum: Retirees Seek Higher Yields but Not Risk July 28, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

For retirees, the recent dip to record low U.S. bond yields poses a challenge. Will investors be forced into more dangerous investments?

7 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Diversify Now! Building New and Improved Bond Ladders June 8, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

Investors should diversify bond portfolios like they do their stock portfolios. However, bonds portfolios have a few layers of diversification to consider.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Popping the Cork With the Fed: Cool Ideas for Rising Rates April 12, 2016 12:00 AM   |  

What you should know about rising interest rates, and practical trading strategies for dealing with them—approaching Fed decisions in four different arenas.

7 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Intermarket Clues: Are Bonds a Leading Indicator for Stocks? August 9, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Study intermarket analysis, specifically bonds, for potential clues on the next leg for Federal Reserve policy and stock market reaction.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
No Market Trades in a Vacuum: Using Intermarket Analysis August 2, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Study intermarket analysis for a more complete investing picture. Pull in bonds, currencies, and commodities with typical stock market research.

4 min read  |  Fundamental Analysis
Party With The Fed: Explore Ways to Trade Interest Rates July 1, 2015 5:43 PM   |  

Only pros care about interest-rate trading, and bonds are boring, right? Not so fast. There’s more to them than meets the eye. Pros don't have all the fun.

6 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Bond and Stock Basics: What the Heck Is the Yield Curve? May 3, 2015 8:00 PM   |  

Bond and stock investors can look to the yield curve for one measure of inflation and interest rate expectations.

3 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Questions Loom for Muni Bonds Amid Rising Rate Outlook January 5, 2015 4:00 AM   |  

With benchmark U.S. interest rates poised to climb, fixed-income investors should consider the implications for muni bonds.

4 min read  |  Bonds & Fixed Income
Thinking Outside the Cash Box: Take Advantage of Rising Rates April 13, 2014 9:48 AM   |  

Cash alone won’t cut it as a lingering low-rate environment challenges income investing.

7 min read  |  Portfolio Strategy
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