Bond Funds That Make Sense

Forget index funds for now. The key to success is an experienced manager who can make money here, there and everywhere.

Bond fund investors have been getting a taste lately of what happens when interest rates rise. Market rates have been climbing since early February. And because bond prices move in the opposite direction of rates, bond funds, including such exemplars as Loomis Sayles Bond, Pimco Total Return and Kiplinger 25 member Fidelity Total Bond, have been bleeding red ink since March.

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Jeffrey R. Kosnett
Senior Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Kosnett is the editor of Kiplinger's Investing for Income and writes the "Cash in Hand" column for Kiplinger's Personal Finance. He is an income-investing expert who covers bonds, real estate investment trusts, oil and gas income deals, dividend stocks and anything else that pays interest and dividends. He joined Kiplinger in 1981 after six years in newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun. He is a 1976 journalism graduate from the Medill School at Northwestern University and completed an executive program at the Carnegie-Mellon University business school in 1978.