When it comes to fixed income investing, there are two options available to investors. You can own individual bonds, or you can purchase shares of a bond fund. Both options have unique advantages and disadvantages that make them suitable under certain conditions.
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During the last few decades, bonds have developed a reputation as being one of the safest asset classes to invest in. This is unfortunate because that false sense of security is going to take a large bite out of the retirement accounts and portfolios of many investors.
Stocks? Bonds? Cash? Where should your money be invested? Over the last few decades it has become commonplace to talk about stocks and bonds from a fixed-allocation perspective. This approach to portfolio management has become ingrained in our society; however, it is a very dangerous way to approach investing.
If there was only one idea that I could convey to you, it would be this: Do not leave the responsibility for your financial livelihood in the hands of others. Not only is it completely inappropriate, but you can do much better than the so called "professionals."