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What Role Can Bonds Play in a Portfolio?

Wells Fargo Investment Institute – February 2019

Including an allocation to fixed-income investments can diversify a portfolio to help manage the overall volatility of returns.

Key takeaways

  • Bonds can offer investors both income and tax advantages.
  • Fixed-income holdings can help smooth portfolio returns over the long term.
  • Although fixed income can play a vital role in many portfolios, it is important to avoid overexposure to this, or any other, asset class.
  • To help balance risk and return, it is helpful to diversify fixed-income holdings broadly—spreading exposure across sectors and global issuers.

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