CD ladders: Discovering certificate of deposit strategies

Learn how to use a certificate of deposit ladder strategy.

All Fixed Income Lessons

All Fixed Income Lessons

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

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.

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