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Investment grade bonds tend to be very safe investments. People often own them for security. When you are young and have lots of income ahead of you, bonds are not so important in most cases. But as you approach retirement, a bond positions becomes more important.

Most will get better returns investing in stocks. Of course there are blue chip stocks that are relatively safe. A diversified portfolio of stocks is perhaps your best approach. After you are in it a while and have accumulated paper gains, in essence you play the game with other people's money. Then stock market risk is less of a concern.
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