Bond Investing Strategies
What to Own – and What to Avoid – in a Bond Bear Market
Six investments to consider - and three to avoid - for a bond bear market.
The Highest Yielding Fixed Income Investments: Where to Find Yield NOW
Find out the six bond market segments provide income investors with the highest yields.
Lowest Risk Bonds: What Types of Bonds Are the Safest?
Investors who need to keep their money safe have a wealth of options to consider in the world of bonds and bond and mutual funds. Learn about some of the lowest-risk options in bonds, and whether low-risk bonds are right for you.
The Best Bond Investments for Falling Rates
Find out what types of bonds can deliver returns when prevailing bond yields are dropping, and which may be hurt.
How to Protect Against Rising Rates
While rising rates haven't been a problem investors have had to contend with for many years, it pays to build a diversified fixed income portfolio that can perform well in any environment. Find out six investments that will help protect your portfolio from rising rates.
Using Bonds for Diversification
Investors who are looking to diversify a portfolio that is heavily weighted in equities usually consider adding an allocation to bonds. But not all types of bonds provide the appropriate level of diversification from stocks. Find out what types of bonds can effectively diversify a bond-heavy portfolio.
Does Diversification Actually Reduce Risk?
Diversification can help reduce risk, but its effectiveness in doing so depends on the way you diversify. Learn the common mistakes investors make when trying to achieve portfolio diversification.
How U.S. Treasuries Can Help Diversify Your Portfolio
U.S. Treasuries currently offer low yields, but bond funds that invest in Treasuries - can provide investors with important diversification benefits.
Using High Yield Bonds for Diversification
Learn how high yield bonds can help you diversify your investment portfolio. While high yield bonds can diversify a portfolio that is tilted toward investment-grade bonds, they won't necessarily help you diversify away from stocks.
Do You Own Too Many Intermediate Term Bond Funds?
A truly diversified bond portfolio includes bonds of different maturities. Is your portfolio too concentrated intermediate-term bonds?
Funds that are linked to the Barclays Aggregate U.S. Index don't provide a full range of diversification. How can you augment your bond index fund?
Should Young People Invest in Bonds?
Are bonds right for young people? It's a matter of debate whether young people should invest in bonds, but asset allocation should be a function of your investment goals rather than simply looking at your age. Learn more about the appropriate times when young people should invest in bonds.
Investing in Bonds During Retirement
Should you invest in bonds during retirement, and if so, what types? Here are eight questions to ask if you're managing your own bond portfolio in retirement.
Should You Own Bonds in an IRA?
Bonds may not seem to be the natural choice for an IRA, but they can play an important role in retirement planning. Find out what types of bonds may be the best fit for an IRA, and how to determine what investments to put in your retirement account.
What is a Bond Ladder?
Find out what a bond ladder is, how laddering can provide important benefits to fixed income investors, how to build a bond ladder, and whether a bond fund is a better option than a bond ladder.
What is a Barbell Strategy?
Find out what a barbell strategy is, along with the risks and benefits of using a barbell approach to bond investing.
How to Bet Against the Bond Market
With all the talk of a bond market "bubble", investors may be wonder how they can bet against the bond market. Find out the various ways investors can position for a downturn in bonds, including inverse bond ETFs. But be careful: betting against the bond market can be a risk strategy.
What is Contrarian Investing?
The term “contrarian investing” refers to the school of thought that it usually pays to be skeptical of the conventional wisdom rather than following the crowd. Learn more here.
When Should I Buy a Money Market Fund?
Money market funds are a popular and safe place for investors to keep cash for the short term. These investment vehicles offer both security and liquidity. But the relatively poor returns offered by this class of mutual funds make them ill-suited for long-term investment.