Credit Spreads Aren’t a Reason to Alter Bond Allocations

A year ago, I wrote about why I favored corporate bonds instead of government bonds. I revisited the subject this week after doing my semiannual review of my workplace retirement savings account. One of the funds I hold in my 403(b) account is the Vanguard Intermediate-Term Investment-Grade Fund Admiral Shares (VFIDX). As the name implies, it invests…

 

How to Buy Individual Bonds: A Fixed-Income Toolkit

Once you’ve learned about bond basics and reviewed the vast number of bond choices, you’re ready to make decisions on how to invest your funds in bonds. Basically, you have two choices: You can purchase individual bonds, or buy them packaged together as funds. Both choices offer certain advantages. The most compelling reason to buy…