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You can lose principle if you own actual bonds ? (not bond funds)

Yes, companies and governments can default. Ask former GM bond holders and current Greek bond holders how things are going.


True, but you can find relatively safe bonds. For instance, you can get Treasuries or Agencies, currently backed by the government. If they go bust, we'll all have bigger things to worry about.
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