corporate bond quotes
Corporate bond quotes are available directly from trading platforms and from bond market information providers.
Corporate bonds are debt of the corporations issuing them.
The risk in these bonds depends whether they are issued by strong companies, or they can have significant risk of default when issued by weak companies.
Also, the fortunes of the companies change, so that a strong company may become a weak company.
There are two big, most often quoted rating agencies that rank these corporate obligations: Moody's and Standard & Poors.
These companies give ratings to the corportate bonds, reflecting the risk of default. The ratings and their possible changes are generally then also reflected in the bond quotes for corporate bonds.
In the issue of credit rating agencies, there are credit agencies that known in the SEC's regulations as "Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations" or "NRSROs."
There are currently four NRSROs — Dominion Bond Rating Service Ltd., Fitch, Inc., Moody's Investors Service, and the Standard & Poor's Division of the McGraw Hill Companies Inc.
Corporate Bond Quotes - Sources
When looking for information on corporate bonds, one of the best, an unbiased source of information on that particular market is available from National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD).
The intent of the NASD BondInfo Web Site (nasdbondinfo.com) is to improve the transparency of the corporate bond market and allow investors to make better informed investment decisions
The website offers all the basic and many advanced forms of corporate bond market data, including quotes.
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