Sunday, December 26, 2010

Guaranteed Return Investment - Are You Adequately Protecting Your Money?

Are you one of the thousands who are seeking for ways to find out a guaranteed return investment policy; whereby the risks are limited and returns are higher as well as guaranteed?

Well, each one of us does invest our sum in some or the other kind of investment. So, all of us might be eager to know about the options that will provide guaranteed return investment on your principal sum invested. Let's glance at these options, below:

1. Guaranteed bonds- if you desire to invest your money for a fixed time period, this option is for you. It is a onetime premium that provides you guaranteed returns. Though the returns here are minimum; they are secure and assured along with any growth that have been attained.

2. Income bonds- it is generally suitable to the ones who prefer to enjoy a steady flow of money every month. If you do not want to enter the stock market, you can surely go into this kind of investment where you can get interest each month on your total sum invested. This monthly flow of money is directly proportional to the rate of interest provided at the time you have invested in the bond.

3. Fixed rate bonds- it is a kind of investment option providing fixed interest rate to you. You have to sign a fixed rate bond for the number of years you are willing to invest and you can acquire its interest either annually or monthly. They can also be directly deposited in your bank account. In this case, usually the longer is the time period of your investment, better the rewards you get.

4. Guaranteed investment certificates- it is a guaranteed return investment wherein the interest rate is fixed for a particular time period. They are indeed no risk or low risk investment programs and therefore, also yield small outputs as compared to bonds, mutual funds and stocks. You get both the options: high risk and low risk ones.

5. Savings account- these are extremely safe to save your additional money and a flexible place to store money. Savings account can be created in any bank with a minimum of twenty five dollars. In addition, you can access your money any time and withdraw the funds instantly. The only thing is here you earn a very low interest rate and therefore very few people prefer to go for this option. However if you want to access your cash shortly, then you should prefer this mode of investment.

These were different guaranteed return investment options. There are many more available, and you can come across all of them on the net. Just browse for some time and you will get a list of it.

For more information or assistance in this case, you can refer cash value life insurance. It will guide you for further steps as to your investment plans and strategies. Take help form the different sources to make yourself aware of different good investment plans. Guaranteed return investment option is highly preferred by all, but only few are aware of it.

By: Brett K
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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Understanding Bonds

In simple financial terms bonds is a debt instrument. A borrower who is the issuer of the bonds seeks to raise money from investors. The borrower may be a government, municipality or corporate, and the investors are the lenders. In return for the loan of funds the borrowers promise to repay the debt on a specific date in the future and to pay interest either along the way or at maturity.

Although this sounds simple enough, there are certain things that bonds investor needs to know before putting money into the bonds market. There are some important terms to be aware of when purchasing bonds and these include par value, maturity date, and coupon rate.

The par value (or face value) of a bond refers to the amount of money you will receive when the bonds reaches its maturity. What confuses many people is that the par value is not the price of the bonds but it is the value at maturity.

A bond's price fluctuates during its life in response to interest rates. Bonds which trades at a price above the face value, it is said to be selling at a premium or at a discount when it sells below its face value.

The maturity date is the date that the bonds will reach its full value and you will receive your initial investment. As interest rates rise, the value of bonds decreases and if interest rates drop the value of the bonds then becomes more sought after and the value rises. People are willing to pay the premium to get the higher interest rate.

The interest may be paid at maturity or at intervals during the term of the investment. Terms may be, six monthly, quarterly or other specified terms. The interest is known as the coupon rate and is normally a fixed rate throughout the life of the bonds. The term coupon originates from the past when physical bonds were issued that had coupons attached to them. On the coupon date the bonds holder would give the coupon to a bank in exchange for the interest payment.

The bonds yield is basically the amount or percentage of return that an investor can anticipate receiving from bonds issue within a specified time period. Calculating the yield involves making use of current data regarding the current price of the bonds as opposed to the price at the time of purchase. It also includes the current annual coupon associated with the bond and usually assumes that the buyer will hold the instrument for at least a term of one year.

The advantage of bonds is that they can be traded before maturity if cash is required, making them a liquid investment. Depending on the interest rates they will trade at par or at a premium and therefore it is possible to make a profit or loss on the sale. Holding to maturity does not affect the value of your investment as all things being equal you will get the money back that you deposited.

Bonds can be purchased using a broker or brokerage firm or your financial adviser. Most banks also have a money market department where bonds are transacted.

By: Lyn Bell
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