Bond ladders vs. bond funds

The character has the choice between three green roads

For some investors, deciphering whether to buy individual bonds and create a bond ladder or simply put some retirement money into a bond fund is a confusing matter. I was recently quoted in a piece that illustrates the benefits and drawbacks of bond ladders and bond funds. There isn’t a one-size-fits all strategy for bond investing, but there are a few key things to consider.

I suggest that investors stick with corporate bonds that carry the highest ratings when creating a bond ladder, as high yield bonds are often a sign of trouble. When it comes to bond funds, I recommend that a low-cost bond fund is a good option for individuals who prefer to avoid the hassle of managing individual bonds and may not have a large sum to invest.

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Nathan Boxx, Bradley Newman, Jason Seltzer

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