Financial Planning 101 - Bonds

In my last installment I started getting into the details of investment vehicles with a focus on stocks. With this installment the focus shifts to bonds and the fixed income category. When constructing a portfolio it is best to have a mix of different asset classes including bonds so it is important to understand what value they provide to your overall investment mix. When an entity needs extra money they have a few options: they can sell stock, borrow money from a bank or sell debt to the public. Bonds are what corporations and governments use to sell debt to the public. Bonds are issued for a specific period of time with a stated interest rate paid to the purchaser. Bonds are usually sold

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