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Yes, but that doesn't always help answer the question of whether Bond A, which looks pretty safe by your own detailed analysis, is better or worse than Bond B.

Why do you want to know that? If Bond A is an acceptable investment, then take it. A bird in the hand, and all that...

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:02:04 PM EST
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Because Bond B might be offering a better rate of return. So if it is as safe as Bond A, then that's some evidence that it might be a better place to park your money.
by santiago on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:09:16 PM EST
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Possibly. But is it sufficiently better to justify the time and effort to perform due diligence on it?

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:14:33 PM EST
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No, probably not, which is why individuals don't usually invest in bonds -- institutions do.  For individuals, cash is probably about as safe as bonds, but for billionaire institutions, including governments and non-profit foundations who have been burned in the credit crisis, holding cash is usually much more expensive compared to holding low-risk bonds.
by santiago on Tue Apr 27th, 2010 at 03:21:34 PM EST
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