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    Online bond trading is a far less risky venture than online stock trading. It is because bonds are usually long-term investments and have maturity date. If you invest in bonds, you get a steady stream of interest because unlike other assets, bonds are not subject to shifts in interest rates.

    In the past, online bond trading is lagging behind online stock trading, however as more and more people find the lesser risk in investing in bonds, the gap between the two ventures will soon start to close.

    Before you start in online bond trading, the first thing that you have to know is exactly what bonds are. Bonds are certificates of debt which are issued by states, governments, or corporations which will be repaid later at maturity usually greater than one year. If you buy a bond, you are somewhat loaning that amount of money to the issuer on which they will have to pay interest rate at the same time. Until the bond matures, the original investment is repaid to you together with the interest that has been accrued during the entire period.

    As mentioned earlier, bonds are less risky than stocks because there is more security in case the issuer suffers financial setbacks and since they are repaid with interest, there is not the same fear of sudden loss of value that is usually associated with stocks. The disadvantage, on the other hand, is that bonds do not convey any portion of ownership or control in the issuing company unlike in stocks.

    When you finally decide to go for online bonds trading, you have to keep in mind these important considerations: the issuer, the interest rate that will be paid on the bonds and the issuance and maturity dates. You should choose your investment according to these so you will find the bonds that will pay you the most upon maturity.


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