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- Quality Check: High-Yield vs. Investment-Grade Bonds
by Collin Martin
September 20, 2016
High valuations and weakening fundamentals suggest the case for high-yield bonds isn’t as compelling as that for investment-grade bonds. Yield seekers rethinking their risk tolerance should take note.
Fed Uncertainty Brings Volatility to Markets
by Schwab Center for Financial Research
September 09, 2016
U.S. stocks fell sharply Friday. Fed uncertainty means market volatility could continue.
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Why invest in fixed income investments?
Whether your goal is to diversify your investments, save for the future, receive dependable income, or minimize taxes, fixed income investments may have a place in your portfolio.
Adding investment-grade bonds to a stock portfolio can help lower the portfolio's volatility over time.
Research shows that since 1976, negative annual returns have been uncommon in a broadly diversified bond portfolio.
Receive dependable income
Fixed income securities are typically designed to provide a regular stream of interest payments. See how bonds pay income.
Gain potential tax benefits
Many bonds have preferential tax treatment under which coupon payments are tax-free at either the federal or state level, or both. So it’s important to know how tax treatment varies by bond type.More Reasons to Invest in Fixed Income
Easily find and manage your fixed income investments.
Avoid the 3 most common errors investors make.
Keep your bond strategy on course by understanding the most common errors investors make and how to best avoid them:
- Chasing yield
- Buying and forgetting
- Failing to diversify
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