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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc. (January 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601382936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601382931
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the complete guide, as it covers everything one would need to know about the world of investments.
Patricia Maulding
Martha Madea's book helps make branching out into bonds investment easy, thanks to her focus on providing a practical, pragmatic guide for the everyday investor.
K. Wutz
I recommend this book because the wealth of information it provides is timely for the economic situation we are currently in.
Tee

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Maulding on February 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
The idea of investing in bonds can be intimidating, but The Complete Guide to Investing in Bonds and Bond Funds: How to Earn High Rates of Return - Safely, works to assure the reader by providing a simple and easy read. The author, Martha Maeda, breaks down even the most difficult terminology into a free flowing and enjoyable read.

The first section of the book is all about every type of bond, the history of bonds and how to buy and sell bonds. It is full of helpful charts, tips, case studies and advice, which makes the daunting task of investing seem much less threatening for someone with little knowledge of investments. The history chapter at the beginning of the book is the key to understanding what bonds are all about and how they have affected our country's economic status then and now. Section two begins with a questionnaire to help create and determine what strategy is right for you. It also assists in assessing the risks involved with what types of bonds you are going to purchase and what you can expect to get in return. The last part of the book covers useful resources to help you on your financial journey, including how to do research and how to create and maintain a portfolio. Additionally, the author has listed many websites as well as a glossary for all common financial terms. This book is the complete guide, as it covers everything one would need to know about the world of investments.
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Martha Maeda is an economic historian with special interests in micro-economics and in the effects of globalization on the lives of people and businesses all over the world. . In this 338 page book, she successfully captured the concerns of a novice investor who may be interested in investing in bonds and has no idea where or how to start. The book is written in 2 sections which make it a useful resource tool for the novice and the expert alike. The novice investor may want to start from section 1 which covers the types of bonds that are available, how to calculate yield and how to plan your investment strategy. history of bonds and bonds investing. Section 2 deals with creating your investment strategy.
After reading this book, a new investor will have adequate information on what bonds mean, this information is written in clear and simple language. It is certainly not the type of investment book that puts you to sleep. It is the book you will enjoy reading and making lots of small notes in the margins. You will find yourself nodding in agreement and in understanding.
I particularly enjoyed the "TIP" section of the book which serves as nuggets of information and draws your attention to very important points you may have missed while reading. For instance, the TIP on zero coupon bonds being reported annually to the IRS, even if it is not being received annually. This will save you a lot of trouble with the IRS. I also liked the information on being careful and responsible for your own investments. She provided a TIP to illustrate this point with Enron's bonds that were rated as investment grade by both Standard and Poor's and Moody's until four days before it declared bankruptcy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yuxuan Fang on January 8, 2010
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The Complete Guide to Investing in Bonds and Bond Funds: How to Earn High Rates of Return - Safely by Martha Maeda provides the reader with complete information on how to invest in bonds to anyone with any interest in investing. In Chapter 1, Maeda begins by providing a quick, interesting history about bonds and their inception in the United States. She then transitions to outlining the different types of bonds and their pros and cons. After doing so, Maeda guides the reader through the process of making an investment plan and deciding which bonds to invest in by using a detailed list of questions for the reader to answer.

This book is written to be easily read by anyone. Maeda includes many outlined tips meant to catch the reader's eye, providing quick, useful information. The writing is clear and simple and is free of unnecessary financial jargon. Although at times the terms may get to be a bit much, Maeda provides a useful appendix that lists definitions for any terms that the reader may not be familiar with. This book is an excellent resource for people who want to invest their money but who are too busy or wary of the more volatile stock market or for those who simply want to expand their portfolios.
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By K. Wutz on December 22, 2009
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We all have those U.S. savings bonds floating around in dresser drawers and safe deposit boxes, but many of us have no idea that increasing our investments in bonds could help diversify and stabilize our investment portfolios, especially during the current recession.

Martha Madea's book helps make branching out into bonds investment easy, thanks to her focus on providing a practical, pragmatic guide for the everyday investor. The book is neatly divided into short, manageable chapters, with helpful hints highlighted in the text that help even the newest investor make sense of bonds and the best way to invest in them.

Madea covers everything from the history of this form of investment to the different types of bonds and the risks associated with them, in an excellent guide for investing during the recession. Bonds are relatively safe investments compared to real estate or the stock market, and if you're looking to diversify your investments, I highly recommend checking out this book!
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