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  1. Understanding Bond Duration

    Though not a perfect measure, duration can help you get a handle on bonds' interest-rate sensitivity.

  2. Top Bond-Fund Picks for Retirees

    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.

  3. Don't Write Off Munis Out of Hand

    Munis have faced both interest rate and credit risk pressures, but at current levels, this varied asset class is worth considering, especially for those in higher tax brackets, say Morningstar's Candice Lee and Eric Jacobson .

  4. Bond Funds Undergo a Stress Test

    Senior fund analyst Eric Jacobson walks us through how some of Morningstar's top-rated intermediate-term bond funds fared during the early summer sell-off.

  5. 5 Bad Signs for a Bond Fund

    These warning flags merit further investigation from bond-fund investors, says Morningstar senior fund analyst Eric Jacobson .

  6. Do You Understand What's in Your Muni Fund?

    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.

  7. Think Twice Before Ditching Bonds

    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 .

  8. PIMCO Total Return Is Weathering the Storm

    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.

  9. PIMCO Total Return: The Mutual Fund vs. the ETF

    The performance differences have narrowed between the two funds recently, and Morningstar's Tim Strauts and Eric Jacobson say PIMCO investors should choose the least expensive option.

  10. Munis Still Worth a Look

    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 .

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