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    Stocks get the headline but why don't people talk about Bonds

    ..more specifically bond funds..


    Right now i'd be more worried about Bond Funds especially if I were closer to retirement... The thing is most people who educate themselves are at least expecting something like this to happen (maybe not this quickly) ... but I always worry about people who rely on bonds as the safe haven.. because we really don't know how bond funds behave .. the historical data doesn't matter much as we are in uncharted territories with the low interest rate environment.


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    The reason people aren't talking about bond funds is because they aren't suffering. In fact, they're doing quite well.

    We own two bond funds.
    1. VBIRX, Vanguard Short Term Bond Index. YTD 1.96%; 1 year 6.21%; 52-week high hit on 3/9/20
    2. VBTLX, Vanguard Total Bond Market Index. YTD 3.87%; 1 year 11.85%; 52-week high hit on 3/6/20

    This is where people are making their money right now. It is buffering the money we've lost in the stock market.
    Steve

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      #3
      Corporate bonds or Municipal bonds are not easy to buy. Most usually require $10,000 or $15,000 minimum investment. And a broker is needed in order to invest. Government bonds on the other hand are easier to get.

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        #4
        Originally posted by QuarterMillionMan View Post
        Corporate bonds or Municipal bonds are not easy to buy. Most usually require $10,000 or $15,000 minimum investment. And a broker is needed in order to invest. Government bonds on the other hand are easier to get.
        I was talking more bond funds.. not buying bonds outright

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          #5
          Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
          The reason people aren't talking about bond funds is because they aren't suffering. In fact, they're doing quite well.

          We own two bond funds.
          1. VBIRX, Vanguard Short Term Bond Index. YTD 1.96%; 1 year 6.21%; 52-week high hit on 3/9/20
          2. VBTLX, Vanguard Total Bond Market Index. YTD 3.87%; 1 year 11.85%; 52-week high hit on 3/6/20

          This is where people are making their money right now. It is buffering the money we've lost in the stock market.
          what's the fall since the crisis. .. people are talking about what the crisis has done to the stock market....

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