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It's your baby, so I'm just throwing in my educator's farthing's worth. Caterpillar is certainly a good company for analysis. But, you're right it is a bit backwards not starting by looking at what bonds are available. My thought would be that by starting by finding relatively well-known, seemingly stable, if not untouchable companies with a range of maturities, you could both do your company analysis assignment and an evaluation of the company's bonds.

But what do I know: I just got back from exercising and almost flattened a blind guy with a cane, because I wasn't looking (actually looking at my feet at a rough patch of sidewalk) and almost got flattened by a cell-phone impaired guy who was looking (at his cell-phone).

Curriculum is tough. In my experience, too many cooks spoil the broth (when not crying over spilt milk), so I'll just shut up and learn.
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