Considering Bonds? What to Know Before You Buy

February 22, 2024 Michael Townsend
After a rough couple of years, there are real opportunities in bonds. What do you need to know to make better decisions on when and what to buy?
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    Bonds can be intimidating. While many investors regard them as a necessary component of a balanced portfolio, that doesn't mean they have a good understanding of how they work. When U.S. bonds struggled to their worst performance ever in 2022, investors naturally were spooked. But in 2024, bonds offer attractive yields and can present opportunities to investors. In this episode, Mike is joined by Cooper Howard and Collin Martin, two fixed income strategists from the Schwab Center for Financial Research, to help investors gain a better understanding of the special language of bonds, the pros and cons of investing in bond funds versus individual bonds, and the important role of the Fed and the Treasury Department in the bond market. They also share perspective on what investors can expect from the bond market in 2024.

    Mike also checks in on what's happening in Washington, including the turmoil in Congress that is preventing any forward progress on multiple issues, how that paralysis could lead to a government shutdown in early March, the recent flip of a House seat, and ongoing resignations that will change the face of Congress.

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