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