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This Surprising Bond Investment Has Some Smart Benefits

Wednesday - 5/15/2013, 4:01pm  ET

Retirement investors need to focus on growth in their investment portfolios, but it's important to have some less volatile investments. Yet with bonds having offered poor interest rates lately, it's been hard for retirement investors to find the returns they'd like to see.

In the following video, Motley Fool investment planning editor Lauren Kuczala talks with longtime Fool contributor and retirement expert Dan Caplinger about looking at savings bonds as an income-producing investment. As Dan notes, although most bond investments face the potential for dramatic falls in price if interest rates rise, savings bonds are guaranteed not to lose value regardless of what happens with rates. Moreover, with valuable features like inflation-tracking, certain types of savings bonds will help you preserve the purchasing power of your investment. Dan runs through what you need to know about savings bonds, including annual limits and other features that you should be aware of before choosing whether to use them as part of your overall retirement investing strategy.

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