Italian police seize $6 trillion in fake bonds

Feb 17, 2012
Yep, that’s trillion with a “T”.
Posted In: bonds, counterfeit, U.S. Treasury, Switzerland, italy

What's the difference: Secured vs. unsecured bonds

Jan 26, 2012
Learn the difference between secured and unsecured debt -- a lesson that Irish taxpayers could use as they face the prospect of footing the bill for the bailout of state-owned Anglo Irish Bank.
Posted In: bonds, Investing, Ireland, whiteboard

Demand for German bonds remains strong

Jan 4, 2012
The hard economic times in Europe have actually been a good thing for Germany, which can still borrow at low rates and benefit in export markets.
Posted In: Germany, bonds

How junk bonds are like junk yards

Jan 3, 2012
Marketplace's Paddy Hirsch explains why high-yield bonds are just as risky as used auto parts.
Posted In: bonds, junk bonds, whiteboard

Italian bond sale, Iranian threat impacting markets

Dec 28, 2011
Iran has repeated its threat to block the Straight of Hormuz where about a-fifth of the world's oil passes through. In Italy today, investors seemed happy to buy up the country's debt.
Posted In: italy, bonds, Iran

A coming credit crunch?

Dec 27, 2011
We talk a lot about the stock market, but the real lifeblood of U.S. companies is the corporate bond market, which is twice as large.
Posted In: bonds, corporations

The feel good factor

Dec 20, 2011
A surprisingly successful Spanish bond sale and news of an increase in new home construction spurred markets to rally today.
Posted In: spain, markets, bonds

Thinking about tax-exempt bonds

Dec 16, 2011
My wife and I are in our early 60s, with a son in college. We have Roths and 401(k)s. I will get a pension from the state of North Carolina when I retire in a few years -- not so for my wife. What I need to know is: Is there a reason not to put so much of our savings in munis? (I would take the money out of some of our mutual funds.) I would not get munis from states with problematic economies; I would most likely get them from N.C. Also, what is the best way to purchase tax-free munis? Thanks! Stephen, Durham, NC
Posted In: retirement savings, bonds, tax-exempt securities

What is a junk bond?

Dec 16, 2011
Junk. Not a nice word. And when it comes to bonds, not a particularly accurate word, either. Junk is something useless, right? Well, "junk" bonds are definitely not useless. In fact they're extremely useful. Sometimes. Marketplace Senior Producer Paddy Hirsch explains what a junk bond really is.
Posted In: junk bonds, bonds, whiteboard

Checking in on the Bond Market

Dec 15, 2011
Lots of not-so-terrible news was enough to put markets in positive territory today, but not by much. It gives us a chance to take a step back and talk about something different. Bonds.
Posted In: bonds, mortgage