Better Bond Investing
Nov. 14-18 on Morningstar.com.
Several news reports recently touted the unusual outperformance of bonds over stocks during a 30-year period ending in September. Meanwhile, Morningstar's fund flow data show bond funds continuing to gain investor assets, even as current interest rates remain stubbornly low. At the same time, demographics suggest baby boomers will increasingly be turning to fixed income as their retirement time horizons approach.
All of this leads to some key questions for today's bond investors: When might rates go up, and what does that mean for my bond funds? In the meantime, how can I create an income portfolio without overstretching into overly risky assets for yield? And if it's unrealistic to expect future bond returns to match those of the past 30 years, what does that mean for my portfolio allocations?