Understanding types of risk

Market Risks

While you can't predict interest rates or inflation, you can take steps to help protect your portfolio from the adverse effects of change.

Issuer-Specific Risks

You're counting on the issuers of your fixed income securities to pay interest and principal as promised. Learn some things to look for—and some to avoid—as you evaluate securities.

Risks Specific to International Investing

International investments have additional risks to consider, such as fluctuating exchange rates and a foreign country's willingness to honor its debts. These risks can diminish the value of principal and income.