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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470134593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470134597
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Explains how bonds can help you retire comfortably

The fun and easy way® to choose the right bonds or bond funds to meet your financial goals

Looking to add bonds to your portfolio? This plain-English guide clearly explains the pros and cons of investing in bonds, how they differ from stocks, and the best (and worst!) ways to select and purchase bonds for your needs. You'll get up to speed on the different bond varieties and see how to get the best prices when you sell.

  • Buy and sell bonds and bond funds
  • Measure bond returns and risk

  • Understand interest and taxes on interest

  • Diversify your holdings

  • Avoid common investing mistakes

About the Author

Russell Wild, MBA, an expert on bonds, is a fee-only financial planner and investment advisor and the principal of Global Portfolios. He is the author or coauthor of nearly two dozen nonfiction books.

More About the Author

Russell Wild is the principal of Global Portfolios, an investment advisory firm based in eastern Pennsylvania. He is one of few wealth managers in the nation who is both fee-only (takes no commissions) and welcomes clients of both substantial and modest means. In addition to the fun he has with his financial calculator, Wild is also an accomplished writer who helps readers understand, and make wise choices about their money. He writes a regular personal finance column for The Saturday Evening Post. In addition, his articles have appeared in many national publications, including AARP The Magazine; Consumer Reports, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, and Reader's Digest. He also contributes regularly to professional financial journals, such as Financial Planning.

The author or co-author of two dozen nonfiction books, Wild's latest works include Bond Investing for Dummies, Second Edition (2012), Exchange-Traded Funds for Dummies, Second Edition (2012), and One Year to An Organized Financial Life (co-authored with Regina Leeds, Perseus, 2010. Before those, he wrote The Unofficial Guide to Getting a Divorce, along with attorney Susan Ellis Wild, his ex-wife - yeah, you read that right (Wiley, 2005). No stranger to the mass media, Wild has shared his wit and wisdom on such shows as Oprah, The View, CBS Morning News, Good Day New York, and in hundreds of radio interviews.

Wild holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in international management and finance from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona (consistently ranked the #1 school for international business by both U.S. News and World Report and the Wall Street Journal); a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in business/economics magna cum laude from American University in Washington, D.C.; and a graduate certificate in personal financial planning from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (America's sixth oldest college). A member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) since 2002, Wild is also a long-time member and a past president of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).

The author grew up on Long Island, and after living in various places both in the United States and abroad (including France and Morocco), settled in Allentown, Pennsylvania where he lives with his daughter, Adrienne, and Norman and Zoey, the killer poodles. His son, Clayton, attends George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Wild's website is Russellwild.com. His email is Russell@Russellwild.com.

Customer Reviews

Well written and informative.
Naif Z. Abraham Jr.
I was curious about investing in bonds, so I bought a copy of this book, and read it.
William Beck
And he does it all with humor - funny, lighthearted, clever humor.
John Shadley

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By harvey silver on March 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've seen many books and articles on bond investing- this one is by far the best in many ways, among them, the most comprehensive- 333 pages packed with useful information- I didnt think anyone could write 333 pages about bonds, which before reading the book I thought would require less study than stock investing, but the author did, writing 333 useful pages on the subject, and in easy to understand, conversation-like language. When I research anything I do it in breadth and depth, asking many questions, and there was no question that the author left unanswered, and then some that I had'nt thought to ask. The book also covers other related investing subjects, such as other sources of fixed income, asset allocation etc etc. There is so much information packed into the book, that not only novice bond investors would profit from it, so would experienced bond investors. I have always aggressively invested in stocks only, but given the current state of the stock market, I'm looking for the safety and predictability of bonds- this book sure helped! This may be an unusually enthusiastic review, but the author deserves it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By recently retired on December 17, 2009
Format: Paperback
I ordered 2 books on bond investing. Luckily, Bond Investing for Dummies arrived first. It was easy to read, and provided a great overview. It is an excellent foundation for understanding different bond types and bond strategies. I'm reading the second bond investing book now. It is written by a professor and reads like a text book. If I had not read Bond Investing for Dummies first, the second book would be difficult to comprehend. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Duane on January 17, 2012
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... this is good starting place for the beginning bond investor because it provides a lot of basic concepts. So why only 3 stars? First, the book is very, very repetitive. This is either good or bad. If you find this type of information difficult, the repetitiveness may add to your clarity. Second, unlike other Dummies books, it is somewhat disorganized. The author uses terms and then defines them a few pages later (if a all). He also drops ideas on you only to tell you "I'll explain this later in Chapter ..." which - if you want to gain a real understanding - leaves you chasing all over the book to get the otherwise above-average content. Perhaps the biggest drawback is that it was written in 2007, just as the Bush recession was beginning. Therefore, you need to continuously reapply the information in your head - adding in newer, more relevant information from our other readings - to make it in anyway contemporary. So, get this book - even with its shortcomings - to get the basics. Then, go to the big times with "Bonds: The Unbeaten Path to Secure Investment Growth" by Richelson and Richelson. You will find the latest edition - that is up-to-date through 2011 - elsewhere on Amazon.Bonds: The Unbeaten Path to Secure Investment Growth (Bloomberg)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Shadley on July 4, 2011
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This is a terrific book on bond investing. You have no experience, no training in investing? No problem. This author assumes you know nothing about investing. Yet, he covers the many subjects thoroughly with the greatest of clarity. When I finished the book, I knew exactly what bonds and bond funds I wanted to put in my portfolio and how to do it. You don't need to try to remember all the definitions and descriptions presented in the many chapters; author Russell Wild provides reminders of these just when and where they are needed. And he does it all with humor - funny, lighthearted, clever humor. I don't want to say that the price is worth it just for the humor; but, it sure makes a dry subject palatable and even interesting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shawn H. Mcnally on August 12, 2009
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As with all "Dummies", this is a womb to tomb explanation of the Basics of Bond Investing. I recommend it for everyone especially retirees or those who are about to retire.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Z. Walthall on January 31, 2011
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Highly recommended! I was pleasantly surprised that this is a very interesting read, and also had great information about U.S. Bonds and Treasuries -which prompted me to go into my safe and pull out that Savings bond my grandmother purchased for me the year I was born. She purchased a $25 Savings Bond in the 1970's which matured in early 2000's. Because of this book, I knew exactly where to go to look-up its value which turned out to be $118.23. Since I paid almost $13 for "Bond Investing for Dummies", after cashing-out that U.S. Savings Bond my grandmother bought for me over 30-years ago, I wound up with a net profit of $105.23 ($118.23 - $13) the first week of use. I am also now invested in multiple tax-free municipal bonds paying 6% and 8.25% annually. Sometimes it pays to be a dummy!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Naif Z. Abraham Jr. on February 17, 2010
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Another excellent book from author Russell Wild. Well written and informative. I would also rate the book seller as giving me excellent service and would purchase again from this seller.
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By Joe Gary III on July 3, 2014
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I would not invest in bonds now that I know better
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