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U.S. News & World Report: The Case for Bonds

An investment contributor for U.S. News and World Report, is working on a story about bonds—and the case to be made for them at a time when fever for stocks and cryptocurrencies is running high. Please include the correct name spelling, official title of the person replying, and where they are based. Here are the questions I’d like you to answer via email before 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16: 1) What role do bonds play in a healthy portfolio, especially given how well the stock market has performed over the past few years? 2) What are some bonds that have proven especially popular and reliable for investors and why? 3) How does one get the balance of stocks and bonds right, and keep it healthy over time? 4) If some investors look down on bonds, why might this be? Have the record gains by cryptocurrencies, for example, played a role in people tuning out from bond investment? What’s the counter argument to be made in favor of bonds? 5) It would seem bond yields are poised to do well in 2018. How might investors take advantage of this? 6) Anything else to add? * Finally: Your opinions and experiences with clients (or your own personal strategy/experience) are especially welcome. For responses, longer ones are better than shorter ones. Due to the volume of anticipated answers, I won’t be able to use/answer all replies, but look forward to making new friends in the PR world for future stories.