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Why own bonds?
Answers to today's big questions about bond risks.
Investors question the role of bonds
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- Over a nearly 100-year sample, intermediate-term government bonds have offered risk-adjusted returns that slightly exceeded domestic large-cap stocks.
- High-quality bonds are valuable to reduce portfolio volatility and maximize risk-adjusted returns.
- These results are possible through the “free lunch” of portfolio diversification. Combining these two uncorrelated asset classes provides a more efficient return.
What history shows about bonds and rising rates
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- Fears of the impact of rising rates on the total returns of bonds may be overblown.
- Volatility in other asset classes outside of fixed income should continue to be the primary concern for most target-date investors nearing retirement.
- Current valuations are not particularly favorable for either U.S. stocks or bonds, but equity valuations look far less promising.
How target-date funds handle interest rates
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- The design and management of a target-date strategy creates opportunities to express investment views, manage risk, and meaningfully impact outcomes.
- Active managers are in a unique position to manage risks in every step of the process.
- Fixed income allocation alone is not enough to determine sensitivity to interest-rate risk.
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Consider these risks before investing: Our allocation of assets among permitted asset categories may hurt performance. Stock and bond prices may fall or fail to rise over time for several reasons, including general financial market conditions, factors related to a specific issuer or industry and, with respect to bond prices, changing market perceptions of the risk of default and changes in government intervention. These factors may also lead to increased volatility and reduced liquidity in the bond markets. Growth stocks may be more susceptible to earnings disappointments, and value stocks may fail to rebound. Investments in small and/or midsize companies increase the risk of greater price fluctuations. Bond investments are subject to interest-rate risk (the risk of bond prices falling if interest rates rise) and credit risk (the risk of an issuer defaulting on interest or principal payments). Default risk is generally higher for non-qualified mortgages. Interest-rate risk is greater for longer-term bonds, and credit risk is greater for below-investment-grade bonds. Lower-rated bonds may offer higher yields in return for more risk. Funds that invest in government securities are not guaranteed. Mortgage-backed securities are subject to prepayment risk and the risk that they may increase in value less when interest rates decline and decline in value more when interest rates rise. International investing involves currency, economic, and political risks. Emerging-market securities carry illiquidity and volatility risks. Active trading strategies may lose money or not earn a return sufficient to cover trading and other costs. REITs are subject to the risk of economic downturns that have an adverse impact on real estate markets. Commodity-linked notes are subject to the same risks as commodities, such as weather, disease, political, tax and other regulatory developments and other factors affecting the value of commodities. Risks associated with derivatives include increased investment exposure (which may be considered leverage) and, in the case of over-the-counter instruments, the potential inability to terminate or sell derivatives positions and the potential failure of the other party to the instrument to meet its obligations. Efforts to produce lower-volatility returns may not be successful and may make it more difficult at times for the fund to achieve its targeted returns. In addition, under certain market conditions, the funds may accept greater volatility than would typically be the case, in order to seek their targeted return. There is no guarantee that the funds will provide adequate income at and through an investor's retirement. You can lose money by investing in the funds.
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