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Many thanks Loci...

You can avoide this by buying individual bonds or CDs or TIPS.

The account I'm using is a R/O IRA and the brokerage is Scottrade. I've purchased CDs there, but the rates are usually a touch lower than I see on this board (or at PenFed). Will see what's available in the next few weeks/months.

usually the loss you will sustain on a fund won't be huge, like a stock meltdown.

Thats a good thing...I suspect I'll have to leave those two funds alone for awhile...but that will give me time to learn about buying individual bonds and/or TIPS. I am assuming Scottrade has this option.

Other advice/recommendations most appreciated..

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