The Fidelity Bond Ladder Tool can help you build a portfolio of bonds with staggered maturity dates in an effort to provide you with a consistent income stream. This video will provide you with an overview of the basic requirements and navigation to purchase a bond ladder.
Investing in individual bonds can often require a more strategic, sophisticated approach than, say, choosing one or two bond funds, but there are unique benefits for those willing to commit the time.
Learn how to use this tool to evaluate current year income calculations for your fixed income portfolio.
Fixed Income at Fidelity
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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. Lower-quality fixed income securities involve greater risk of default or price changes due to potential changes in the credit quality of the issuer. Foreign investments involve greater risks than U.S. investments, and can decline significantly in response to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, market, and economic risks. Any fixed-income security sold or redeemed prior to maturity may be subject to loss.