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  1. Seeking to Defend Against Rising Bond Yields? Pick Your Poison Carefully

    Although some of these common tacks seem sensible, they have drawbacks, too.

  2. Don't Overlook the Risks of Individual Bonds

    High transaction costs, lack of flexibility, and credit-quality risk loom large.

  3. Buyer Beware With Most Individual Bonds

    Individual investors can do OK buying individual Treasury bonds, but pitfalls proliferate in other credit sectors, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson .

  4. Sizing Up the 3 Biggest Nontraditional Bond Funds

    The big names in this category have more to prove before we can fully recommend them, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson .

  5. 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 .

  6. 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 .

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. What's Your Bond Fund Getting Into?

    Active bond-fund managers are deviating from the Barclays Aggregate Index, but the index itself has also changed, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson .

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