Everything you need to know about bonds

By Chuck Myers McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Bonds add diversity to a portfolio, and come in a variety of forms, from corporate and municipal to government. But what kind of bonds should an investor consider?

A number of websites that specialize on bonds might provide the answer. If you’d like to learn more about bonds, one of the following sites can provide some answers:

BondsOnline

Contains daily bond news, charts and investor tools; www.bondsonline.com.

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

Covers bond fundamentals, understanding risk and investment strategies; tinyurl.com/finra-bond-investing.

InvestinginBonds.com

Provides bond basics, types of bonds and strategies under “Learn More” drop down; www.investinginbonds.com.

The Investment FAQ

Spotlights 13 bond categories, including bond basics, ratings and bond types; tinyurl.com/FAQ-bonds.

U.S. Department of Treasury

Features information on U.S. government bonds and securities; tinyurl.com/Treasury-Securities.