Your Questions About How To Invest In Bonds

Sandy asks…

How do you invest in stocks and bonds?

Is there a minimum deposit to invest? How do you know which ones to buy? Only helpful advice please! Thanks in advance! O, Happy New Year!!!

John answers:

For stocks there is no minimum deposit to invest. If there is a stock trading for under a penny, than you can buy several hundred for one dollar. Bonds, some US treasury notes sell for 25 dollars. Mutual funds have minimum deposits, some 250 others over 2500 dollars. Buy securities that offer a good potential for growth. There is no security with no risk, but ones that are safer than others.

Lizzie asks…

Does anyone know how to invest in those foreign bonds that I see paying out 17% interest or more?

I see that the interest rate in countries like Turkey, Brazil, and Iceland are going for 17% annual percentage yeild or more. Does anyone know of a way that US investors can get these bonds and any problems that might arise? Thanks!

John answers:

The easiest way to buy them is through online brokerages. Ameritrade, Scottrade, etc. The biggest risk is currency fluctuations, if the dollar goes up you might erase your gains. Also, be wary of developing countries since their economies are resource reliant and can be subject to huge fluctuations. Iceland could be good and reliable!

James asks…

Jorge purchased municipal bonds yielding 12% annually and certificats of deposit yielding 13%, keep readin?

Jorge purchased municipal bonds yielding 12% annually and certificats of deposit yielding 13% annualy. If jorge’s investments amounted to $17,884 and the annual income is $2230.98, how much money is invested in bonds and how much money is invested in certificates of deposit?

provide steps plz.

John answers:

Let M be the amount invested in muni’s and C be the amount in CODs.

Then
M+C = 17884 & 0.12 M + 0.13 C = 2230.98 =>
0.12 M+ 0.12 C = 2146.08 & 0.12 M + 0.13 C = 2230.98 =>
0.01 C = 84.9 => C=8490 => M=17884 – 8490 = 9394

Michael asks…

Cashing in savings bonds to invest in a higher yield savings?

My sister has over 100 small savings bonds, starting in 2000. If she cashes them in now, she will take a penalty. Do you think it might be a good idea to cash in some of the older ones that earn a poor rate of interest (after they changed how bonds work) and put them in to a high yield account or money market? Some of the worst intersest is at 1.6% or lower. She wants to have these savings bonds more liquid in case of emergency since she’s now disabled. Thank you!

John answers:

1. There is no “penalty” for cashing in savings bonds.
2. If she cashes in the older ones, she will have to pay income taxes on the interest she receives. As opposed to continuing to receive interest while deferring taxes.
3. “some of interest is at 1.6% or lower…” Have you checked out current money market rates? They are paying HALF that amount.
Sounds like an overall BAD move to cash in the bonds now. Bonds are very liquid. Go to the bank, cash em in. Almost as easy as cashing a check at the bank.

Thomas asks…

can anyone give me any information about “investing in bonds” or “bonds” (financial)?

im doing a little bit research on financial accountng. Can anyone help on “bonds” and how to invest using it?

John answers:

The only bonds I have is saving bond. I purchase them through pay role deduction. You can buy direct http://www.savingsbonds.gov/
or http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov/sav/sav.htm

the I is paying 2.41% and EE is paying 3.70 good deal if you don’t need the money for a long time.

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