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Bonds are a stabilizing element in many investment portfolios.

To maximize your bond's performance, familiarize yourself with how price, yield, interest rate, and maturity date all affect the total value of your investment. Then factor in your personal criteria, such as your age and long-term goals.

Once you've identified your goals, how much you can afford to invest, what risk you can tolerate, and other parameters, you'll be in a better position to respond to new opportunities—or free yourself of poor performers.

Use our calculator to arm yourself with blue chip information that will help you decide what and when to buy, and when to sell.


These calculators are provided only as general self-help tools. Results depend on many factors, including the assumptions you provide. We do not guarantee their accuracy, or applicability to your circumstances. These tools are not offers, representations or warranties by any member companies of the Principal Financial Group®, and do not describe any specific products or services they offer. Before you use these tools, please read this important information.