I'd recommend Charlie's comments on trout fishing, above. You didn't give your age or how long to retirement, but now is not a great time to buy bonds. As mine are being called away, I'm now buying stocks in defensive industries--like food, restaurants, Autozone, consumer stuff. Later on as the economy picks up and the Fed starts raising interest rates, THEN I'll buy bonds again. If you really like bonds, look at the Vanguard high yield bond fund. It will benefit as the economy improves and the ratings of the companies issuing the bonds improve. On the whole I hate bond funds, but if you are going to get high yield ones, you want a bond pro doing the picking, and you want to be diversified--many issues, so if there is a mistake, it isn't 50% of your portfolio. Best wishes, Chris
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