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Fixed Income & Bonds

Fixed income investments generally pay a return on a fixed schedule, though the amount of the payments can vary. Individual bonds may be the best known type of fixed income security, but the category also includes bond funds, ETFs, CDs, and money market funds.

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In a study conducted by Corporate Insight, our bond pricing beat markup-based brokers by an average of $15 per trade. That’s a cost savings of over $500 on a typical bond order.2

Largest selection of bonds and CDs offered at a single firm

Individual Bonds
Bonds make interest payments and repay the principal on a fixed schedule. Interest and principal payments are subject to the creditworthiness of the issuer.

Bond Funds
Bond mutual funds invest primarily in individual bonds. Many make periodic dividend payments based on the interest paid by the bonds held in the fund.

Fixed Income ETFs
Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are baskets of investments that trade as a single unit throughout the day.

Certificates of Deposit (CDs)
CDs offer FDIC insurance,3 providing a guarantee of the invested principal up to certain limits.

Money Market Funds
Money market funds are managed to help preserve your principal by investing in lower-risk debt securities with shorter maturities.

Why Buy Bonds & CDs at Fidelity?

  • Extensive bond & CD inventory
  • Transparent, simplified pricing: $1 per bond1
  • Bond market news and issuer research
  • Professional-grade tools and trading data
  • Expert service

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1. Minimum concessions apply: Online $8; if traded with a Fidelity representative, $19.95. For U.S. Treasuries traded with a Fidelity representative, $19.95 per trade. Fixed income trading requires a Fidelity brokerage account with a minimum opening balance of $2,500. Rates are for U.S. Dollar-denominated bonds, additional fees and minimums apply for non-Dollar bond trades. Other conditions may apply. See Fidelity.com/commissions for details.
Please note that concessions may impact the total cost of the transaction and the total, or "effective," yield of your investment. The offering broker, which may be our affiliate, National Financial Services LLC, may separately mark up or mark down the price of the security and may realize a trading profit or loss on the transaction.
2. Fidelity commissioned Corporate Insight to study bond pricing, available online, for self-directed retail investors from five comparable brokers that offer corporate and municipal bonds. The study compared online bond prices for over 6,000 unique municipal and corporate CUSIPs and 10,000 bond offerings of the same CUSIPs from March 25 -28, 2013. It compared online municipal and corporate CUSIPs offered in quantities of at least $10,000 face or par value. The study did not analyze offerings with a minimum purchase requirement of greater than $20,000 face or par value. The study found on average that the three competitors that did not disclose their markup schedules were asking $15.47 more per bond, taking into account all concessions and markups. Corporate Insight determined the average cost differential by calculating the difference between the costs of matching corporate and municipal bond inventory at Fidelity vs. the markup-based firms in the study, then averaging the differences across all of the competitor firms. Hypothetical cost savings of over $500 is based on an average size order of $40,000 face or par value bonds and average cost differential of $15 per bond. Additional information available at https://www.fidelity.com/about-fidelity/individual-investing/fidelitys-message-retail-bond-investors
3. For the purposes of FDIC insurance coverage limits, all depository assets of the accountholder at the institution that issued the CD will generally be counted toward the aggregate limit (usually $250,000) for each applicable category of account. FDIC insurance does not cover market losses. All of the new issue brokered CDs Fidelity offers are FDIC insured. In some cases, CDs may be purchased on the secondary market at a price that reflects a premium to their principal value. This premium is ineligible for FDIC insurance. For details on FDIC insurance limits, see www.fdic.gov.

An investment in a money market fund is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Although the fund seeks to preserve the value of your investment at $1.00 per share, it is possible to lose money by investing in the fund.

In general, the bond market is volatile, and fixed income securities carry interest rate risk. (As interest rates rise, bond prices usually fall, and vice versa. This effect is usually more pronounced for longer-term securities.) Fixed income securities also carry inflation risk, liquidity risk, call risk, and credit and default risks for both issuers and counterparties. Unlike individual bonds, most bond funds do not have a maturity date, so holding them until maturity to avoid losses caused by price volatility is not possible.

High yield/non-investment grade bonds involve greater price volatility and risk of default than investment grade bonds.

Before investing, consider the funds' investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. Contact Fidelity for a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus containing this information.  Read it carefully.
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