Introduction to Bonds and Money Market Investments

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Bonds are not as flashy as stocks, but they are useful, low-risk, and quite reliable. Let's look at some major types of bonds.

What you will learn

  • Money Market Investments
  • Certificates of Deposit
  • Savings Bonds
  • US Government Securities
  • Municipal Bonds
  • Corporate Bonds

What do you know?

Introduction to Bonds and Money Market Investments

Bonds are the lesser-known cousins of stocks and mutual funds, but without them, big businesses and government units might have difficulty functioning. Even the federal government depends on them to continue running. If you have ever bought a US savings bond, for example, you have kicked in some cash to keep Uncle Sam’s spending on course. Let’s look at the major classes of bonds (and their short-maturity cousins, the money market investments) in this tutorial.