What's the Deal With Bonds Right Now?

Here are four strategies investors can consider to adjust to the drop in bond prices resulting from the steep rise in interest rates.

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In today's volatile market, investors are facing unusual challenges, particularly when it comes to bond investments. While stock markets have experienced ups and downs, bond returns have been disappointing, leading many investors to question the role of bonds in their portfolios.

To understand the current state of bonds, it's essential to grasp the fundamentals. Bonds are debt instruments issued by governments and companies to raise capital for various purposes. Investors essentially lend money to the issuer in exchange for regular interest payments and the return of the principal amount upon maturity.

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Sara Stanich, CFP®, CDFA®, CEPA
Founder, Cultivating Wealth

Sara Stanich is a Certified Financial Planner practitioner, Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA), Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA) and founder of Cultivating Wealth, an SEC-Registered Investment Adviser. Sara has been a financial adviser since 2007, which followed 12 years in marketing roles and an MBA from New York University. She is a frequent source for the financial press, and has been quoted in Investor’s Business Daily, U.S. News and World Report, and CBS News. After over 25 years in New York City, Sara recently moved to the beach with her husband, three kids and Labrador retriever. She frequently blogs at cultivatingwealth.com.