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.