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Best Corporate Bonds

A corporate bond is a bond, which is issued by public and private corporations (corporate). Usually, the term Corporate Bond refers to long-term debt instruments. In many cases, the corporate bonds are listed on important exchanges (they are known as listed bonds) and ECNs (Electronic Communication Network) such as MarketAxess.
Generally, the coupon (payment of interest) is liable to taxation. In some instances, this coupon rate is zero and the redemption value is high. In spite of the listing on the exchanges, the maximum portion of corporate bond trading is done in the Over-The-Counter Markets. These markets are dealer-based and decentralized.

Some corporate bonds are traded in the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and American Stock Exchange (AMEX) in a centralized environment and in a small volume.In terms of default, the corporate bonds are more risky in comparison to government bonds.The corporate bond market is vast and highly liquid.

The benefits of investing in corporate bonds include:
  • Attractive Yields
  • Dependable Income
  • Diversity
  • Marketability
  • Safety

Three Major Rating Agencies in the U.S. who perform the Credit Rating of corporate bonds are:
  • Fitch IBCA
  • Standard & Poor's Ratings Services
  • Moody's Investor Service

According to NASD-Bloomberg Active High-Yield U.S. corporate bond index, the following Corporate Bonds are the Leading Movers:
  • Calpine Corp
  • Bally Total Fitness HLDG Corp
  • Lyon Williams Homes INC
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubr Co
  • Solo Cup CO
  • Bowater INC
  • Standard PAC Corp New

According to NASD-Bloomberg Active High-Yield U.S. corporate bond index, the following corporate bonds are the most active:

1. Calpine Corp
2. Lyondell Chemical Co Formerly Lyondell Petrochem
3. Ford Mtr Co Del
4. General Motors Corp
5. Kinder Morgan Fin Co ULC
6. Lyondell Chemical Co Formerly Lyondell Petrochem
7. Harrahs Oper Inc
8. Visteon Corp
9. General Motors Corp
10. Buffets Inc Minn

According to NASD-Bloomberg Active Investment-Grade U.S. Corporate Bond Index, the following Corporate Bonds are the Leading Movers:
  • SBC Communications INC Reorganized as AT&T INC 1
  • Entergy Gulf STS INC
  • Lowes COS INC
  • New York Tel Co
  • GTE Corp Reorganized As Verizon Communications I
  • CIT Group INC New
  • Bank Amer Corp Sub Internotes Book Entry
  • Duke Energy Co
  • GTE Florida INC
  • BankAmerica Corp Reorganized as BankAmerica Corp

According to NASD-Bloomberg Active Investment-Grade U.S. Corporate Bond Index, the following Corporate Bonds are the Most Active:

1. SLM Corp Medium Term NTS Book Entry
2. Vale Overseas Ltd
3. CVS Caremark Corp Formerly CVS Corp
4. Daimler-Benz North Amer Corp Medium Term NTS BOO
5. Goldman Sachs Group INC
6. Sprint Nextel Corp Formerly Sprint Corp
7. Sprint Cap Corp
8. Goldman Sachs Group INC For Future Equity Use
9. Merrill Lynch & Co INC
10. Goldman Sachs Group INC For Future Equity Use


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Last Updated on : 10th July 2013

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