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5.0 out of 5 stars TIPS are one of the best investments and this book explains how to use them, April 7, 2010
This review is from: Explore TIPS: A Practical Guide to Investing in Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (Paperback)
TIPS are an ideal fixed-income investment vehicle. They are guaranteed by the U.S. government like all Treasuries, and they do not lose value to inflation. But one should approach TIPS investing with care, paying attention to taxes and decisions about buying individual TIPS vs. TIPS funds, and for individual TIPS choosing between Treasury auctions and the secondary markets.

This book confidently walks you through these decisions. Here is how it does it:
Table of Contents
1 Bonds Refresher
o CDs Are Bonds Too
o Bonds Trade
o Present Value and Yield to Maturity
o Price, Interest Rate, and Duration
o Bond Ladder and Bond Funds
o Bonds and Taxes
o More on Bonds
2 TIPS Basics
o What Are TIPS
o Real vs. Nominal
o Why Buy TIPS?
o TIPS vs. Nominal Bonds
o TIPS vs. I Bonds
o Interest Rate Changes
o TIPS and Taxes
o Risks in Investing in TIPS
o How to Buy TIPS
3 TIPS Mutual Funds and ETFs
o Fund vs. Individual Bonds
o Understand Yield Numbers
o Distributions
o Open-End TIPS Mutual Funds
o TIPS ETFs
4 Individual TIPS - Auctions
o Bond Lingo
o How TIPS Are Issued
o Why Auctions?
o Which Account
o Know the Schedule
o Read the Announcement
o Place Order
o Read the Auction Result
5 Individual TIPS - Secondary Market
o What Is the Secondary Market?
o Why Buy on the Secondary Market?
o Understand TIPS Quotes
o When to Buy
o Which TIPS?
o Where to Buy
o Selling
6 Holding TIPS
o How TIPS Are Adjusted for Inflation
o TIPS During Deflation
o Original Issue Discount (OID)
o Bond Premium Amortization
o Market Discount
7 TIPS Strategies
o How Much In TIPS
o TIPS Fund or Individual TIPS
Appendix: TIPS Data and Resources
o Government Data
o News Media
o My Spreadsheets

By buying this book you open for yourself the door into the world of truly safe investments.
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