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3 ways to not be stupid with your bond portfolio

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It may be early in the new year, but it's never too early to talk about mistakes. I know, I know, there has hardly been time to make any in 2017… yet. But I am not talking about breaking that resolution to not eat sugar, or binge fewer TV shows. I am talking about common investment mistakes people make in their portfolios. When I talk to investors, both professionals as well as those who work outside finance, three mistakes seem to come up again and again when it comes to how bond portfolios are managed. Now I know what you are thinking: Matt, most people don't go around talking about their bond portfolios. That's true. But when I hear people talk about investing in general, I often hear at least one of these behavioral mistakes mentioned.

Mistake 1: Forgetting what your fixed income investment is for.

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Mistake 2: Making investments that don't match your goals.

Mistake 3: Abandoning bonds when interest rates rise.

transparency and trading freedom reinvest Matt Tucker , CFA, is the iShares Head of Fixed Income Strategy and a regular contributor to The Blog . In today's environment, consistent investment performance and low fees are critical to achieving your goals. Click here to learn more .

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