What to do about bonds?

By Paul Merriman / December 20, 2017


What to do about bonds is probably the most common question I get from investors.  In some ways it is the simplest of investment decisions but it can be made difficult due to emotional hurdles.  In this podcast Paul reviews several past articles on bonds.  Here are the links to those articles:  “Why bonds are the most important asset class” and  “Bonds:  Buy, sell or hold?”  He also suggests listening to a podcast recorded several years ago.

That podcast covers the following topics:

1.   Why invest in bond funds when equity funds make so much more money?
2.   What bond funds should I own in a rising interest rate market?
3.   What bond fund should I use in my emergency fund?
4.   Why not use high yield bond funds?
5.   What do you look for in selecting the best bond funds?
6.   Which are better: bond funds or individual bonds?
7.   Should I rebalance my bond funds periodically?
8.   What are the risks of owning bonds?
9.   How much of my portfolio should be in bonds?
10. How do bonds compare to annuities?
11. Why don’t you recommend international bond funds?
12. What do you think of “go anywhere” bond funds?
13.  Why not invest in funds that own dividend paying stocks instead of bond funds?
14.  How much can I lose in a bond fund if interest rates rise?
He finishes the podcast with a  discussion about his personal approach he has to using bonds in his own portfolio.