JDWinNOLA said, in part:<<Why is everyone else so convinced (by conventional Wisdom, no less) that bonds are safer than stocks. Please keep arguing.>>Of COURSE bonds are SAFER than stocks--by the definition of the two. If a company goes belly-up, bond holders are likely to get all or most of their money back.Now as far as RISK, as it is usually referred to in investment risk, there are other factors--inflation risk, tax consequences, price risk, etc. Thus, the emphasis in these threads on continuing to invest in equities.Now, you can take away may of the bond risks by getting a predictable return on short to intermediate-term INDIVIDUAL bonds, held to maturity and bought at no more than par. These could be govt. or higher-yeilding corp. I personally hold a CD-ladder for my reserve fund, figuring I don't need the whole lump at once, I can always get the principal, I can borrow against them at the credit union, and rates are higher than MM & T-bill and approach high-rated corporates.
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