While there are many types of bonds, corporate bonds and securities particularly should be considered to help provide predictable income for financing retirement. Investment grade corporate bonds typically have less standard deviation, that is, less variance in their valuations during a holding period, than do stocks. They typically pay interest twice yearly at a stated coupon rate. If longer maturities, 15 years or more, are selected, coupons for investment grade bonds can exceed 4%.
Bonds are rated for credit quality by ratings agencies, including Standard & Poors, Moodys, and Fitch. Advisors work with their clients to help them understand what these ratings mean in judging how the bonds may perform over time.
While bond funds and ETFs are another investment option, the dividends paid from these instruments may not approach those paid by actual bonds. A careful review of the choices available is prudent, when planning for the annual income necessary to finance household budgets.
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This information is not intended to be individualized investment advice, nor is it a solicitation to buy or sell any securities. Always consult a qualified financial professional before investing. Securities involve risk and are not FDIC insured, bank guaranteed, and may lose money.