Bond Basics: How to Buy and Sell

Bond trading is complicated, but following these tips will give you a big advantage.

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Bonds help add diversity to your portfolio and control risk. But they can be complicated. Learning about how to buy and sell a bond is just as important as why to buy or sell a bond. These two things are linked. We can help you understand the basics of buying and selling bonds and make them work for you.

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Donna LeValley
Personal Finance Writer

Donna joined Kiplinger as a personal finance writer in 2023. She spent more than a decade as the contributing editor of J.K.Lasser's Your Income Tax Guide and edited state specific legal treatises at ALM Media. She has shared her expertise as a guest on Bloomberg, CNN, Fox, NPR, CNBC and many other media outlets around the nation.