Discover the benefits of including fixed income in your portfolio.

Fixed income investments are designed to generate a specific level of interest income, while also providing diversification, capital preservation, and potential tax exemptions.

Looking for fixed income?

Looking for fixed income?

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Looking for help solving your fixed income challenges?

Count on Schwab, where we can access thousands of individual bonds from hundreds of dealers across the marketplace; for straightforward pricing so you keep more of your money; for access to over a thousand new issues every year; plus hundreds of no-load funds and commission-free bond ETFs.

Schwab Fixed Income Specialists can help meet your goal with unbiased guidance. Leveraging their advice and experience to review and recommend a fixed income strategy customized to one important investor: You.

From income to diversification, call a Schwab Fixed Income Specialist to meet your specific needs. 877-906-4760

Schwab's secondary market average security count and Fixed Income specialists data are as of January 2016. Unique number of dealers is as of December 2015.

All orders placed through a Schwab representative are subject to an additional $25 fee and all orders to sell bonds must be placed through a representative. Schwab reserves the right to act as principal on any bond transaction. In secondary market principal transactions the price will be subject to our standard mark up in the case of purchases and a mark down in the case of sales and also may include a profit to Schwab in the form of a bid-ask spread. When trading as principal, Schwab may also be holding the security in its own account prior to selling it to you and, therefore, may make (or lose) money depending on whether the price of the security has risen or fallen while Schwab has held it. Schwab will not act as both principal and agent simultaneously in the same transaction.

Investors should consider carefully information contained in the prospectus, including investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. You can request a prospectus by calling 800-435-4000. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Investment returns will fluctuate and are subject to market volatility, so that an investor's shares, when redeemed or sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

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Trades in no-load mutual funds available through Mutual Fund OneSource (including SchwabFunds) as well as certain other funds, are available without transaction fees when placed through schwab.com or our automated phone channels. For each of these trade orders placed through a broker, a $25 service charge applies. Schwab reserves the right to change the funds we make available without transaction fees and to reinstate fees on any funds. Funds are also subject to management fees and expenses.

Commission-Free ETF conditions:

Trades in ETFs available through Schwab ETF OneSource™ (including Schwab ETFs™) are available without commissions when placed online in a Schwab account. Service charges apply for trade orders placed through a broker ($25) or by automated phone ($5). An exchange processing fee applies to sell transactions. Certain types of Schwab ETF OneSource transactions are not eligible for the commission waiver, such as short sells and buys to cover (not including Schwab ETFs). Schwab reserves the right to change the ETFs we make available without commissions. All ETFs are subject to management fees and expenses. Please see Charles Schwab Pricing Guide for additional information.

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Why invest in fixed income?

Whether your goal is to diversify your investments, save for the future, receive dependable income, preserve principal, or help minimize taxes, fixed income investments could be a way to reach your goals.

Think about your objectives.

  • Generate Income icon

    Generate Income

    Use fixed income securities to provide a regular, predictable stream of revenue.

  • Diversify icon

    Diversify your portfolio

    Help smooth out the highs and lows in a stock portfolio with fixed income securities.

  • Protect icon

    Protect your investments

    Add stability to your portfolio with high-quality fixed income investments, like Treasuries, CDs, or other highly rated bonds.

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    Create tax benefits

    Some fixed income securities, like municipal bonds, generally have preferential tax treatment where coupon payments Tooltip may be exempt from federal and state income taxes.

Consider your investing style:

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Get professional management of your fixed income.

  • Wasmer Schroeder™ Strategies

    Wasmer Schroeder Strategies offer a wide range of fixed income separately managed accounts across the duration, credit, and tax-efficiency spectrums. The choices include actively managed and bond ladder portfolio strategies with both taxable and tax-exempt debt securities. Investment minimums start at $250,000.

  • Other professionally managed solutions

    Discover a wide range of high-tech to high-touch investment advice options, including separately managed accounts for specialized investment strategies. Investment minimums vary by service but may start as low as $5,000.

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Manage your own fixed income investments.

  • Bond mutual funds & bond ETFs

    These are professionally managed investment products made up of a diversified mix of underlying securities, often with low investment minimums.

  • Certificates of deposit (CDs)

    CDs are federally insured1 bank deposits that pay a stated amount of interest for a specified period and promise to return your money on a specific date.

  • Individual bonds

    Bonds typically pay a set schedule of fixed interest payments and promise to return your money on a specific maturity date.

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Schwab receives compensation from T. Rowe Price to market and promote their funds, in addition to any shareholder servicing fees the fund company pays to Schwab, which creates conflicts of interest. Learn more about the compensations Schwab receives.

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Take advantage of our fixed income expertise.

Stay at the forefront of modern investing with insights and ideas from Schwab experts, including Kathy A. Jones, Managing Director and Chief Fixed Income Strategist, Schwab Center for Financial Research.

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Talk to a Schwab Fixed Income Specialist.

Our specialists offer objective, non-commissioned guidance on a wide range of fixed income products and strategies including ladders, bullets, barbells, and more. You can expect personalized service on topics such as: 

  • Help with choosing from a wide variety of investment options
  • Suggestions for adjusting to changing market conditions
  • Assistance with using our online trading features
     

Call 877-903-8069

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