What is a bond?

On November 5, 2010, in Investing money, by Jim Wood

A bond is debt issued by a corporation or a government entity. Think of it as an IOU. Bonds are issued in various amounts (called “face value”). They are sold to investors with a promise to pay interest at fixed intervals.  Assuming the investor holds an individual bond to the end of its life (when […]

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How long does it take to double your money?

On September 17, 2010, in Investing money, Managing money, by Jim Wood

Have you ever wished you had a handy rule of thumb to estimate how long it will take to double your money? Or perhaps you would like to figure out how damaging inflation can be over the long term? Let me introduce you to the Rule of 72. Here’s the formula:   72 / interest […]

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