If you are a new investor, or maybe you have a son or daughter or friend who knows little or nothing about investing, there is a new book that may solve the problem, That Thing Rich People Do: Required Reading for Investors by Kaye A. Thomas. The book is an introduction to investing, written with lots of humor to keep the reader interested. Thomas has covered everything from stocks to mutual funds to real estate to diversification.
The chapter on bonds makes it easy to understand, whether treasury bonds, corporate bonds, or municipal bonds. He recommends his four rules for investment success, which anyone can follow. That Thing Rich People Do would make a great gift.