Agency securities are generally bought and sold through brokers and are likely to include fees or transaction costs.
The agency bond market in which individuals might participate is considered relatively liquid. However, not all kinds of agency bond issues are considered liquid, including some of which may be structured for a particular issuer or class of investors and may not be suitable for individual investors. Investment dollar minimums may make buying and selling individual bonds less suitable to many individual investors than buying an agency bond fund or U.S. Treasuries directly. Investors should take into account that the tax status of various agency bond issues varies depending on the agency issuer. As with any investment, it is important to understand the work of the agency or enterprise that is issuing the bonds and know the credit rating of the issue. This allows an investor to know the basis on which a bond is being issued.
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