The Importance of BondsSubmitted by TLWM Financial on December 16th, 2021
At TLWM, we believe that both stocks and bonds play an important role within portfolios. In this post, we’re going to focus on the role that bonds play.
Incorporating bonds into a portfolio can potentially provide diversification and reduce risk. By taking the time to understand what’s important to you, your goals and objectives, we can try to determine whether bonds may be a good fit for you.
Three major factors we would want to consider are:
- Risk- This includes identifying both your ability and willingness to take risk. Or another way to put it; how much risk you can reasonably afford to take, and how comfortable you are with risk.
If you are a more conservative investor, bonds may be able to help provide a smoother ride during periods of stock market volatility. This is because when stocks go down, bonds normally perform well compared to stocks and seek to lessen the negative impact on your portfolio, hopefully allowing you to sleep better!
- Time Horizon – If you have a shorter time horizon, for example; you are close to retirement or already in retirement, you probably don’t want to take major steps backwards within your portfolio–so by adding bonds we aim to reduce risk, and dampen volatility.
- Income Needs- Many of our clients plan on taking income from their accounts at some point. Taking distributions when the market is going down may have an even greater impact on your portfolio because the value drops due to both withdrawals and stock market volatility. In this scenario, adding bonds can seek to help stabilize the portfolio, and minimize the risks of a significant drawdown.
When working with TLWM we use a financial planning process to get an in-depth understanding of your financial situation. This allows us to make financial planning recommendations and to determine an appropriate overall asset allocation, which may or may not include bonds. At the end of the day, we build portfolios with a full understanding of your situation while trying to maximize the chances of you reaching your financial goals.
If you have any questions on this or know anyone who could benefit from our approach, please feel free to reach out!
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