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The credit meltdown has completely re-shaped the world of bond investing—from Treasuries, T-bills, and municipal bonds to corporate bonds and high-yield bond funds. Bonds have quickly become the safe haven of choice for investors. If you want your bond portfolio to profit from the new rules of engagement since the credit meltdown, but don't know how, then you've come to the right place.

Fixed income investing will never be the same. Bonds Now! identifies the most recent changes in the bond market. It links the new rules of profiting in the bond market with new survival methods and fresh buy/sell principles. This reliable resource combines them all to show individual investors just like you how to make smart bond investments in the post–credit crisis era. Bonds Now! doesn't waste time on the elementary basics. Instead, the authors—both seasoned pros—jump right in and show you how to build a safe bond portfolio designed to weather these turbulent economic times.

Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, this timely book:

Walks you through the changing fixed income landscape and shows you exactly how to navigate through it

Highlights how to quickly analyze a bond, then use the results to execute your trade

Examines what it takes to build an impregnable fortress around your bond portfolio—one so strong that even incompetent legislators and greedy CEOs can't make it crumble

Reveals how to develop a sixth sense for trouble and rebalance your bond positions while there's still time

And much more

There is only one way to guarantee you're getting the right information—get it yourself. Bonds Now! shows you how and where. But, more importantly, this authoritative book clearly explains what to do with the information once you have it.

Read and use Bonds Now! as your guide to create a reliable fixed income stream. But wait, there's more. Forbes magazine is offering a FREE 3-month trial subscription to the Forbes Tax Advantaged Investor newsletter—an $87 value—FREE with the purchase of Bonds Now! See the last page for details.

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"With Bonds Now! Marilyn Cohen has written a book giving us step-by-step ways to navigate the new, post–2008 credit-crisis bond market....Bonds Now! gives a dead-on account of how the bond ratings game has changed....Marilyn's book discusses reliable ways to anticipate the effects of management team changes...essential reading for anyone who is serious about making money in the bond market."
—Steve Forbes

"When it comes to the bond market, who knows more and can explain it better, quicker, easier and, in many instances, pithier than can Ms. Cohen? The answer is no one. Marilyn has been involved in the bond markets, municipal, federal, corporate, et al., for the past thirty-plus years. Her book will open up the bond market for the novice and the expert reader alike. I strongly recommend this book for anyone wanting to become acquainted with the bond market, and certainly to those who wish to become better and more intelligent investors."
—Dennis Gartman, editor of The Gartman Letter

"Bonds matter! That's what even the stock-crazy learned after the 2008 meltdown. Surprisingly, bonds can be even more complicated than stocks to understand—but bond guru, Marilyn Cohen, clears the way. This is the essential guide for investors with bonds in their portfolios, or investors starting out in bonds."
—Jane Bryant Quinn, author of Smart and Simple Financial Strategies for Busy People

Bonds Now! picks up where the basic texts leave off. If you manage your own bond portfolio and you want to do it better and smarter and achieve more profitable results, then this book is for you. It identifies the most recent changes in the bond market and links the new rules of profiting in the bond market to new survival methods and fresh buy/sell principles. The book combines them all to show investors how to make smart bond investments in the post–credit crisis era.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470547006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470547007
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,395,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alex C. Liu on August 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I write this negative review because I've benefited enormously from the insights of other reviewers on amazon, positive and negative; my honest opinion is i can't see how this book deserves its current rating of 4.5 stars.

For me this book was an absolute waste of money. I was looking for a guide to bond investing or at least some practical information on it. W/ a ostentatious title such as "making money: in the new fixed income landscape", this book seems to confidently advertise itself as such.

Instead I found generic advice I'd find from any broker or generic free online website. To make it even worse, large sections of the book were written as a political diatribe -- I don't pay for people's cheap opinions; I pay for information. And the less likely I'm able to find this information elsewhere, the more I pay for it.

I would not pay much for this book.

**caveat - adding 1 star for author's emphasis of TRACE"
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I was interested in this book until I read the "reviews". Let's see, an obscure bond book is published on December 9 and within a few days six "reviewers", none of whom have ever previously posted a review on Amazon post syrupy ravingly positive but highly generalized "reviews" that sound like advertising copy written by the publisher. I smell (six) ringers here and if the publisher needs to resort to this kind of phony behavior I bet the book's a dud so I'll pass on it.
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I like this book for it is easy to read and understand. It disciplines me into thinking I just cannot buy bond positions then ignore them. Even though written in 2010, Bonds Now! shows the reader the new post-credit crisis way of smart bond investing. The principles explained and the examples reveal the costly errors of many investors, and how to make corrections so not to happen again. This book is the next tier to the basic primer on this topic and I revert to it when I have questions as to which accounts and positions I need guidance and analysis. In fact I recently used this book to decide on developing a position of a high yield ETF bond fund in lieu of individual bonds in an IRA. .
For the bond investor desiring to profit from the new rules of engagement but does not know how, then this is the book for you. There are fourteen chapters to the book that walk you through how fixed income has changed and how you need to think to adapt in your investing. If anything else, the most important reason to have this book is so you will be able to talk intelligently to the brokers making your bond transactions.
The reader must realize a book like this can be time sensitive but most of the material is standard as on page 158 in the calculating Equivalent Yield Formula. Also it has useful web sites for bond analysis.
Fixed income investing done the right way as described in this book can provide financial safety for you.
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I only wish that I had the information and knowledge contained in "Bonds Now" a few years ago. I have been a bond investor for 30 plus years, originally municipal bonds and in the last ten years corporate as well.
Buying bonds was a "no brainer" until the financial credit crisis of the last few years. Before the financial meltdown one would buy muni bonds with investment grade ratings and insured by AMBAC, MBIA, FGIC, etc. - no problem, just collect interest and return of capital with bond maturity. Then greed entered the game when the insurers decided to get involved with CDO's and the derivate market while the rating agencies were more than generous with investment grade ratings.
I made some costly mistakes, which could have been avoided by simply following the information outlined in "Bonds Now".
If you are serious about protecting your money and investments I highly recommend following the simple procedures clearly outlined in Marilyn Cohen's latest book, "Bonds Now".
All the necessary bond investment information is readily available free on the web if one knows where to look.
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The main focus of the book pointed out the pitfalls of bond investing. The book is dense with good ideas. Criticisms might be that the author put too much emphasis on greedy CEO's and the likelihood that we should be aware of this before buying a bond. Most of us will never know about the CEO's until it is too late. The idea of researching the balance sheet of the company and not trusting the rating agencies was very good advice. There is a strong emphasis on "make sure you get your principal returned" repeated. We should be cautious about going for yield. At times it may be a sign for serious trouble. The pricing on bonds is often misleading and she suggests ways of finding out what an accurate pricing is available, before you buy. The author makes a strong case that buying bonds is very tricky. Alot of information seems to be hidden from the investor. Over all this was a useful book and should be looked at by any serious investor in buying individual bonds. My only criticism would be to have more examples of portfolios for beginning and mid level investors. My impression was this book was written for the investor with a multi-million dollar portfolio.
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