>>> Of course, that was a mistake because interest rates kept going up and they lost the money as the bonds went down to compensate for the higher interest rates.<<<<I'm not saying it a good idea or not to buy bonds. Bonds bought at par and held to maturity return the original purchase to the buyer.Before you say the bonds didn't keep up with inflation remember from January 2000 to December 2012, the S&P 500 has a negative .7% inflation adjusted return.
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