My grandfather died and left me as executor of his estate which includes sizeable cash assets. I want to keep the money safe for the rest of the family through bonds investment. Can you give me some ideas on how to make bonds investment?
Bonds investment makes up one of the most conservative investment strategies depending on the type of bonds you choose to invest in and how long you plan to be invested. How you invest in bonds depends on your financial goals, tax status, and the time frame you wish to accomplish these goals in.
Once you have determined the aforementioned factors you should remember that a key to safe bonds investment consists in diversification. Having a bonds investment in only one bond would be like putting all your eggs in one basket.
Ideally, you would purchase bonds with various maturities and different issuers to diversify risk. Having different maturities for your bonds will allow you to better control your interest rate risk, while having various issuers gives you a hedge in case one of the issuers incurs financial difficulty.
Also, choosing bonds of different types, corporate, municipal, government, agency, mortgage backed etc. will also provide protection in the case of any of problems in any one of those market sectors. Regardless of what type of bonds you plan on buying, make sure that the issuer is solvent and in good standing, remember higher yields tend to indicate higher risk.
The most popular strategy for bonds investment is buy and hold, this strategy leaves your money intact while paying you interest. When you purchase bonds, these generally pay out interest twice a year, when the bond matures, you receive your principal. This would be the type of bond strategy which seems adequate for your needs.