Bond Learning Center

Bonds are a popular type of fixed-income investment that allows investors to receive interest income over time— in exchange for loaning money to an entity, like a company or local municipality.

We believe bonds make sense for many investors as a part of their overall financial strategy. Your financial advisor can walk you through the risks and benefits—it's important for you to understand these before you invest. No question is too big or small. How they work, how you receive interest, how much they cost – we will explain everything and make sure you're comfortable with your investing decisions.

To help, we've gathered some detailed information and resources below:

Types of bond investments

Learn more about bond basics and risks

Smart Bond Investing on FINRA's website.

The municipal (muni) bond market

Visit the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board's (MSRB) Education Center.

The toolkit has information about:

  • Questions to ask when investing in municipal bonds
  • How to evaluate a muni bond’s rating
  • Considerations when buying and selling muni bonds
  • Muni bonds pricing and yields

How we can help

Contact your local financial advisor to learn more about bonds and the role they can play in your portfolio. The above resources can help you prepare for this conversation.

Important Information

Before investing in bonds, you should understand the risks involved, including credit risk and market risk. Bond investments are also subject to interest rate risk such that when interest rates rise, the prices of bonds can decrease, and the investor can lose principal value if the investment is sold prior to maturity.

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