An Internet start-up that aims to make trading in fixed-income products easier for retail investors has signed up Charles Schwab & Co. as its first customer.

ValuBond.com Inc., which is expected to begin operating near the end of the third quarter, will match buyers - Web brokers such as Schwab - with sellers of bond products, such as brokerages. Without leaving the e-broker's site, the customer will enter information on the type of bond desired and ValuBond will match that to inventory held by the sellers, arranged by price.

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