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I have read many articles from all sides of this issue, and I still don't fully understand bond funds. The overwhelming majority view seems to be that relatively low duration bond funds are solid and conservative investments. If you hold them for longer than their duration, then you likely would recover most if not all of any loss due to higher interest rates. Of course, there are exceptions, but I personally haven't been able to find the perfect fixed asset investment. I simply don't care to research individual bonds in order to build a reasonably diversified bond portfolio. As a result, a bond fund seems to be the thing for me, or at least I hope so.
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