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There is widespread misunderstanding about what credit ratings really mean, and how they affect the returns that you earn and the overall riskiness of your portfolio. Investors generally rely on bond ratings to evaluate the credit quality of specific bonds. Credit ratings indicate...

There are many headlines warning investors about the next possible financial emergency—the lack of liquidity in the bond market. The meaning of liquidity and the essence of the problem are not obvious. The media tends to look at the bond market as a monolithic block with bond...