Bond Basics

Aids to Understanding Bonds

Investing in Bonds Europe is designed to provide aids to help you better understand bonds. If you want to read about basic concepts in how bonds work, go to Learn More Bond Basics.

If you have come to Investing in Bonds Europe because you don’t understand the language of bonds, the Learn More section helps describe bond concepts and how bonds work. Notice that articles have additional highlighted information to help deepen your understanding.

If you are not familiar with some of the words used in investing in bonds, click on the Glossary for simple explanations and context of basic bond market vocabulary.

If you see all the numbers, maths or calculations in bonds and are not sure you understand--or you think you do not have enough maths or financial skills to understand-- do not be afraid. Investing in Bonds Europe is designed to provide context to help you understand key concepts that involve numbers, data and:

  • For information on how maths and financial calculations fit into basic concepts of investing in bonds, read Using Mathematics to Understand Bonds for a reference on how to perform the calculations that underlie key bond concepts and characteristics. Refer to the article on Putting Compound Interest to Work to see how one of these concepts works related to bonds.
  • For information on how to read, understand and use financial information you see in newspapers, other printed material and on websites, read Using Financial Information to Your Advantage.
  • For information on how to understand economic statistics and what that has to do with investing in bonds, read Understanding Economic Statistics.
  • If you do not understand the graphs or tables you are looking at… Every graph, table and console on the site has a “?” icon in the upper right hand corner of the graph, table or console. If you click on that “?”, you will see an explanation of the table or graph or console (“What is it?”) as well as contextual information to help you understand why it is helpful to look at the chart, graph or table. (“Why do I care?”)

For additional resources, visit our Resource Centre. If you want information on financial advice, understanding more about financial advisors and getting help, read Taking Advice and Getting Help.

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