Watercooler: Bone up on U.S. bonds
U.S. Treasury notes and, bonds have a good track record as long-term investments.
As with any investment, however, individuals should learn about the pros and cons of government securities before adding them to their portfolios. Several websites offer good primers on government bonds. Here are a few:
Bankrate.com • Provides info about U.S. Treasury bills, TIPS and U.S. savings bonds, at http://bit.ly/gX7Iap.
Bonds Online • Explains the government bond purchase system and purchase and selling of bonds, at http://bit.ly/e5pIOz.
Investopedia • Offers overview of bonds in general, including Treasury bonds, notes and T-bills., at http://bit.ly/el81kL.
Treasury Direct • Serves up a variety of details about purchasing Treasury bonds, and bond types, at http://1.usa.gov/11jNTLs.
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