Bond Markets

Bonds are bought and sold in enormous quantities every day. You may be surprised to learn that the trading volume in bonds on a typical day is many, many times larger than the trading volume in stocks (by trading volume, we simply mean the amount of money that changes hands). Here is a finance trivia question: What is the largest securities market in the world? Most people would guess the New York Stock Exchange. In fact, the largest securities market in the world in terms of trading volume is the U.S. Treasury market.

Work the Web

Bond quotes have become more available with the rise of the Web. One site where you can find current bond prices is www. bondsonline.com. Following the "Bond Search" link, the "Corporate" link, and entering "Worldcom," we found the following quotes:

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