Introduction: Bond Building BlocksPart One: Types of Bonds
1 When Uncle Sam Needs a Dime: U.S. Government Bonds
2 The "I Hate Taxes" Bonds: Municipal Bonds
3 Investing in America: Corporate Bonds
4 Bonds Including the Kitchen Sink: Mortgage-Backed Bonds
5 Going Global: International Bonds
6 Paid to Wait: Convertible Bonds
7 Almost a Bond: Preferred Stock
8 It's a Wrap: Wrapper Products
Part Two: Fixed Income Fundamentals
9 My Word is My Bond
10 What Is It Worth to You?
11 Riding the Curve
12 A Volatile Relationship
Part Three: Factors Affecting Bonds
13 Is it the Moon, The Fed, or Your Mother0in-Law that Gets Bonds to Move?
Part Four: Fixed Income Investment Strategies
14 How to Buy
15 Where to Buy
16 Classic Portfolio Strategies
"Getting Started in Bonds" is primer for how to invest in bonds, i.e. fixed income securities. What they are. How they work. The different types. How to use them in your portfolio. What economic factors effect their value. Written to entertain and inform, this daunting subject is made easy to understand with analogies, graphs, and cartoons.