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Bonds For Beginners - A Guide To The Bond Markets

This course provides an easy to understand introduction to bonds and the fixed income market.
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This course provides an introduction to bonds and the bond market, and is taught by a financial markets professional who has worked in the bond market.

This course is tailored to students who have no prior or only very little knowledge of finance and want to learn about bonds so that they can invest wisely using fixed interest investments.

This course comes in the form of an easy to follow webinar and is split up into the following lectures:

Bond Basics

• What is a Bond?

• Features & Characteristics of Bonds

• Types of Bonds

• Credit Ratings

• Risks

The Bond Market

• Primary vs. Secondary Market

• Players In The Bond Market

Investing in Bonds

• Why Invest In Bonds

• How To Invest In Bonds

Bonus Section

• Why Are Bond Yields Currently So Low?

• What Is Quantitative Easing?

• Additional Resources & Learning Materials

Who is the target audience?
  • Business and finance students looking to learn about bonds
  • People looking to invest their money for their retirement
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What Will I Learn?
Have a good understanding of bonds and the fixed income market
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  • No prior knowledge of the bond market
  • Very basic understanding of financial terms
Curriculum For This Course
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2 Lectures 01:30
The Bond Market
6 Lectures 10:49

In this lecture we discuss the various types of bonds.

Preview 03:29

In this lecture we discuss credit ratings and ratings agencies and what role they play in the bond market.

Credit Ratings

In this lecture we look at the Credit Rating Matrix from the three major credit ratings agencies S&P, Moody's and Fitch.

Credit Rating Matrix

In this lecture we discuss the various risks that affect bond prices that every investor needs to be aware of.


In this lecture we discuss the difference between the new issue market, also known as the primary market, and the secondary market.

Primary vs. Secondary Market

In this lecture we introduce the various participants in the bond markets and what roles they each play.

Players in the Bond Market
Investing in Bonds
2 Lectures 03:35

In this lecture we look at why holding bonds in a diversified portfolio is crucial for any serious investor.

Why Invest In Bonds

In this lecture we look at how you can actually go about investing in the bond market as a retail investor.

How To Invest In Bonds
5 Lectures 06:03

In the bonus section we look at why bond yields are currently at histroic lows and what role quantitative easing plays in that.

Bonus Section

In this lecture we look at why bond yields are currently at historic lows and what role quantitative easing plays in that.

Why Are Bond Yields Currently So Low?

In the this section of this course we discuss additional resources and learning materials, and a way of how you can contact the lecturer if you have questions or feedback on the course.

Additional Resources & Learning Materials

In the final section of this course you will find additional resources and the lectures notes for the entire Udemy course.

Additional Resources & Lectures Notes Explained

A supplementary document with with all lectures notes and links to further resources.
Additional Resources & Lectures Notes
5 pages
About the Instructor
3.5 Average rating
24 Reviews
179 Students
3 Courses
Personal Finance Expert & Former Investment Banker

Alexander Lielacher is a personal finance expert, a former financial markets professional and a Udemy lecturer. He has worked for several major financial institutions in the City of London and has gained experience in the financial markets as a bond trader and salesman. Furthermore, he holds a degree in Investment & Financial Risk Management from Cass Business School, City University London and is an FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) approved person. He now runs the personal finance education platform 'Smart Money Smart Living'.

Away from the financial markets his interests lie in entrepreneurship, cryptocurrencies and engaging in humanitarian work.

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