Investing in Bonds
Investing in bonds is an essential component of any well diversified portfolio. Bonds are less volatile than stocks and generally outperform stocks in times of recession. Because of these features, investors frequently turn to bonds to collect worry-free income streams and reduce the unpredictability of their portfolio gains. But, investing in bonds is not always black and white. Bonds come in many different types—municipal, corporate, federal, and mortgage-backed just to name a few—and offer differing yields, safety levels and tax advantages.
Discover the biggest trends affecting the bond universe and the latest strategies for investing in bonds in the archive below. To uncover more exceptional tips and strategies that will help you secure your portfolio gains check out our free advanced asset allocation and stock diversification report.
Treasuries have enjoyed a bull market for over 10 years, but the ride hasn’t been smooth. What’s a conservative investor to do? Here, we demonstrate that the extreme volatility of bonds is greatly dampened when they are included in a portfolio with other investments.
Exchange-traded funds offer easy exposure to Treasury notes and emerging market bonds.
Guy Benstead, co-manager of Forward Long/Short Credit Analysis (FLSRX) argues that municipal bonds aren’t the problem children of the fixed-income universe--they’re just misunderstood.
David Rolley, part of the management team of Managers Global Bond (MGGBX), gives us his take on US-Sino relations and the simmering European crisis.
Here’s a way to build profits while building America.
When it comes to bond funds, yield is the number most investors look at first and last. Duration, however, is far more important to returns.
Knowing what can go wrong in the economy leads to better investment decisions. The time is right to beef up on some good hedges at bargain prices.
Here are two funds that will continue to perform when interest rates head higher.
The most important inflation protection for our fixed-income holdings is low duration, or exposure to interest rate swings.
In last month’s installment of “Best Bond Buys,” we highlighted one of our favorite plays on emerging-market sovereign debt; this month we shift our focus to opportunities in corporate credits.