Critics suggest starting with small equity holdings and gradually increasing the allocation.
Last year was a bad one for most bond funds. But by holding broadly diversified portfolios, a few funds deliver steady returns when most competitors sink.
Fund managers say the economy will continue growing despite problems in other emerging markets.
A few alternative managers have delivered consistent results that can counteract wider market downturns.
Investors hungry for higher yields may want to consider ETFs that invest in closed-end funds.
In recent years, the low-cost index fund has topped active managers in real estate.
Portfolio managers can still find undiscovered shares that sell at hefty discounts.
The emerging markets face clear headwinds. But there are good reasons to think that emerging-market bond mutual funds can deliver single-digit returns this year.
Pharmaceutical and hospital stocks rally as more consumers gain insurance.
Here are some balanced mutual funds that boosted returns with high-yield bonds.