intercst writes: <Wouldn't the involvement of any of these "advisors" significantly reduce your returns -- especially for a bond portfolio.>I think you may need assistance to develop a bond portfolio that will meet your needs. The ones I mentioned are capable, and if I were you I would meet with all three, ask about their charges, before deciding.intercst and I both have laddered maturity bond portfolios. Mine are purchased as new issues from the bond inventory of a full service brokerage house. I presume discount brokers also have this service. On new issues you pay no commissions. They are included in the offer price. I suspect that $300K is large enough to get good service from a typical broker without paying major additional fees (but do check it out).I understand there is a bond site online from which you can purchase bonds directly--for those with some experience.intercst, please tell us how you get your bonds.It may also be possible to set this up in a trust to handle minimize potential estate issues.
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