Short-term bond funds offer better rates than many money markets but also may carry higher risk.
The big names in this category have more to prove before we can fully recommend them, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson .
Individual investors can do OK buying individual Treasury bonds, but pitfalls proliferate in other credit sectors, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson .
Morningstar's Eric Jacobson runs the gamut with some of his favorite fixed-income funds, including ideas for core, short-term, multisector, high-yield, and muni exposure.
Morningstar's Eric Jacobson breaks down the nuances of GO, revenue, and tobacco bonds, warns about a yield pitfall to avoid, and offers best practices for researching muni fund portfolios.
The bond behemoth is having a year to forget, but Morningstar senior fund analyst Eric Jacobson believes this Gold-rated fund's long-term track record has earned investors' patience.
Active bond-fund managers are deviating from the Barclays Aggregate Index, but the index itself has also changed, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson .
These warning flags merit further investigation from bond-fund investors, says Morningstar senior fund analyst Eric Jacobson .
Although many fixed-income fund categories had a rocky 2013, investors should heed the dangers of swapping their bonds for cash or stocks, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson .
With a tilt toward longer durations, worries over Puerto Rico, and large outflows, muni funds struggled in 2013, but they have something to offer investors, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson .