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Learn about the structure of bonds. This Essential covers the basics of bonds and the ways you can potentially utilize the benefits of investing in them.

  • Explore the benefits and risks of investing in and trading bonds
  • Identify the three types of bonds and see which ones might fit within your portfolio
  • Review yield curves and learn how they may affect bond prices


Discover how bonds can work within your portfolio in this Essential. Learn how to allocate your fixed-income assets, diversify them among three types of bonds, and more.

  • See how bonds can potentially generate income
  • Determine how creating a bond ladder could help meet your income needs
  • Discover how to build a bond portfolio that can help minimize taxes
  • Understand how bonds are rated and what a change in rating means to you


If you’re comfortable with bond investing and intrigued by interest rate cycles, this Essential is for you. Gain a better understanding of how interest rates, and changes in those rates, impact fixed-income products.

  • Evaluate fixed-income mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs)
  • Gain a better understanding of annuities and see if they're right for  you
  • Learn about bonds with potential risks, returns, and interest-rate cycles

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