Annette Thau discussed her book, The Bond Book: Everything Investors Need to Know About Treasuries, Municipals, GNMAs, Corporates, Zeros, Bond Funds, Money Market Funds, and More, at MOI Global’s Meet-the-Author Summer Forum 2019. Annette is a former municipal bond analyst for the Chase Manhattan Bank and a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

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About the book:

The financial crisis of 2008 caused major disruptions to every sector of the bond market and left even the savviest investors confused about the safety of their investments. To serve these investors and anyone looking to explore opportunities in fixed-income investing, former bond analyst Annette Thau builds on the features and authority that made the first two editions bestsellers in the thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded third edition of The Bond Book.

This is a one-stop resource for both seasoned bond investors looking for the latest information on the fixed-income market and equities investors planning to diversify their holdings. Writing in plain English, Thau presents cutting-edge strategies for making the best bond-investing decisions, while explaining how to assess risks and opportunities. She also includes up-to-date listings of online resources with bond prices and other information. Look to this all-in-one guide for information on such critical topics as:

  • Buying individual bonds or bond funds
  • The ins and outs of open-end funds, closed-end funds, and exchangetraded funds (ETFs)
  • The new landscape for municipal bonds: the changed rating scales, the near demise of bond insurance, and Build America Bonds (BABs)
  • The safest bond funds
  • Junk bonds (and emerging market bonds)
  • Buying Treasuries without paying a commission

From how bonds work to how to buy and sell them to what to expect from them, The Bond Book, third edition, is a must-read for individual investors and financial advisers who want to enhance the fixed-income allocation of their portfolios.

About the author:

Annette Thau is a former municipal bond analyst for the Chase Manhattan Bank and a visiting scholar at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She has written more than 20 articles about the bond market for the AAIIJournal and has lectured to groups nationwide. In November 2009, she was a featured speaker at AAII’s Investor Conference.

Annette earned a Ph.D. in French literature from Columbia University and taught courses in French language and literature at the college level. Her first book was a study of the poetry of Max Jacob, a friend and collaborator of Picasso and Apollinaire. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and she has received numerous awards including a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, and University Fellowships from Columbia University.

Annette wrote The Bond Book to fill a need for a book that would explain bonds and the bond market in clear language that could be understood by any individual investor. The book has been a perennial best seller since its first edition, published in 1990. Its third edition, fully revised and updated, was released in November 2010.