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The Viewpoints guide to income investing

Learn about bonds and income-alternatives from Fidelity experts.

Facing volatile bond markets

Fed Chairman Bernanke stated on June 19 that the central bank may begin to taper its bond purchase program if data indicates further economic improvement. This sent jitters through the bond market, leading to a sell-off that drove market rates up and prices down. Find our latest thinking on how to invest in these changing bond markets.

Behind bond sell-off

Reset for bond market Bond yields spiked and prices dropped. Our expert explains what was behind the sell-off.

Timely tips from five pros

Timely tips from five pros Five years after the financial crisis: slow growth, low rates, but opportunities abound.

Portfolio strategies

Building portfolio income

Potential income-generating options, and how you might put them together.

What to do with cash

To find income potential, you may have to confront risk.

Rising rate strategy

Ways bond investors may be able to weather—or potentially prosper from—higher rates.

Income investment options

A case for munis

Despite low interest rates, they may still provide stability and tax efficient income.

Picking dividend stocks

Income investors may want to consider future dividends, instead of looking at past ones.

High yield update

Don't expect big price gains, though yields should remain relatively strong.

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

Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Investing involves risk, including risk of 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 avoiding losses caused by price volatility by holding them until maturity is not possible.

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