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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How to Find the Most Actively Traded Bonds

One of the most comprehensive online free data sources available to DIY investors is at the Wall Street Journal site. For those who invest in individual bonds, it can be an excellent source to follow that market.

Click the drop down arrow at the "Markets" tab.
Source: WSJ

Source:Wall Street Journal
Click "Market Data Center" and you come to a number of tabs containing data on various market sectors.  I recommend puttering around on the "Calendars & Economy"  and "Earnings" sections when you have the time.

Next click the "Bonds, Rates, & Credit Markets" tab.

Source: Wall Street Journal

 CLICK TO ENLARGE Again, notice the data at your finger tips!

Click as indicated and we get the list of most actively traded corporate bonds. You'll notice a "print button" at the top of the page making it very convenient to print weekly or so to follow the bond market over time. The table can be used to get a good idea of yields on particular maturity and ratings for bonds. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Source: FINRA TRACE data. Reference information from Reuters DataScope Data. Credit ratings from Moody's®, Standard & Poor's, and Fitch Ratings. 


  1. I thought you were an indexer, not an individual bond specialist.

    It is amazing all the data that is now at everyone fingertips that you used to have to pay brokers a lot of bucks to obtain.

  2. Now that WSJ is beginning to charge for their articles, I do hope they keep these free! Excellent resource Robert!

  3. @The Grouch I am an indexer but do run into DIYers that buy individual bonds. I also keep track of the most active. Also indexing is usually easy - just buy AGG to track the overall bond market. Unfortunately today, with rates so low I'm using about 5 ETFs in most accounts to capture yield and maintain a shorter duration.
    @MoneyCone I hope as well that they keep this resource free.