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Ben -

In a rising interest rate environment, buying individual bonds (as opposed to bond funds) has the benefit of providing you with a fixed maturity date. If I were you, I would look at the CD instead, and probably look shorter than five years, perhaps 12-24 months. Regardless of the state of the economy, interest rates will need to rise eventually in order to allow us to fund the trade and budget deficits.

Good luck.
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