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Bond ladders

 

Do you want to have a steady income stream and protect yourself from inflation risk?

 

Bond ladders can offer a predictable flow of income at a predetermined rate of return.

 

At Merrill Lynch, your financial advisor and a team of Fixed Income Product Specialists can provide:

  • Investment ideas through their daily "Quick Picks" bond portfolios
  • Portfolio shock analysis through Portfolio Analysis & Review reports
  • Periodic review of portfolio holdings to ensure your allocations are aligned with your investment goals through Opportunity Lists

 

Reliable income during retirement

A bond ladder is a portfolio invested equally in bonds maturing periodically, usually every year or every other year. As bonds mature, the money is reinvested on the long-end to maintain the maturity structure.

 

Bond ladders are subject to market risk and are not guaranteed. They do not offer downside protection. A prolonged decline in the bond market can result in a decline in income. Investing in fixed-income securities may involve certain risks, including the credit quality of individual issuers, possible prepayments, market or economic developments and yields and share price fluctuations due to changes in interest rates. When interest rates go up, bond prices typically drop, and vice versa.

 

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