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Investing in fixed income: Individual bonds, bond funds, and bond ETFs

Fidelity offers investors with many choices when investing the fixed-income portion of their portfolios. During this recorded webinar, you hear from Fidelity professionals with deep product knowledge and experience in investing in three key types of fixed-income investments: individual bonds, bond mutual funds, and bond ETFs. The session begins with an overview of the fixed-income markets, discussing how different segments have performed in 2023 and where opportunities might exist in the future. The panel then takes a closer look at the characteristics of the three product types, including how investors can make use of the resources that Fidelity provides to help investors build and maintain their fixed-income portfolio.

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Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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. Any fixed income security sold or redeemed prior to maturity may be subject to loss.

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