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I have recently come into some money and would like a small portion of my portfolio to be invested in fixed income securities. I have never invested in bonds before and, quite honestly, they frighten me. I have done a fare amount of reading about them and am familiar with the lingo and how they work. However, reading about tennis and playing tennis are two different things. I might add, that the amount I am interested in dedicating to bonds amounts to about 300K. I only mention this because the amount might affect the strategy(s) I use.

I have too many questions at this point, so I will only start with a few.

1)Given the recent events in current bond market (by that I mean the inverted yield curve), do I need to worry about my timing and when to get started?
2)I've read that when interest rates are low and rising a good strategy is to invest in short to medium term bonds. Is this a sound approach?
3)With the amount I am interested in investing in bonds, would my strategy be any different than if I had less money to invest?
4)To invest in stocks I use a dollar cost averaging scheme, is there a similar strategy used for bonds?
5)How often do I need to review my bond portfolio?
6)Is there a particularly good book on the pros and cons of laddering, barbell, bond swapping and the like?
7)As compared to the stock market the bond market seems to be a hidden beast. Are there any good web sites, or any other sources for that matter, that makes the market a little more transparent?

Forgive me for dumping so much into one message. Answers/opinions on any of the above is greatly appreciated.

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