Which Treasury Bonds Are the Best? (U.S. News & World Report)

 

KENNESAW, Ga. (Sep 5, 2018) — For those in the market to purchase U.S. Treasurys, it's a little like hitting the local coffee shop for a small mocha. Or a medium one. Or a large. Or an extra large, an extra-extra large – and the jumbo of all jumbos, the 30-year.

Indeed, it might take a super-duper java to wrap your head around it all. Treasurys come in denominations based on the length of the bond, such as two-year, five-year and 10-year increments: 11 in all as offered by the Department of Treasury. Simply put, the longer the bond length, the higher its yield.

"Selecting the best maturities for Treasury bonds depends in part on the slope of the yield curve," says Roger C. Tutterow, an economics professor at Kennesaw State University's Michael J. Coles College of Business in Georgia. "Unless investors are confident they will hold the bond to maturity, they're accepting interest rate risk – so the need to get paid for that – with higher yield on long-dated bonds."

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