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Bonds Reclaim Limelight After Stock Rout

So we're back to that old question of inflation versus deflation. If you think the economy will remain slow, you can reach for slightly higher yields today on medium-term government or highly-rated corporate bonds. But if you fear inflation, don't buy bonds with maturities longer than 5 years; You'll take a loss if you sell them before maturity.

A higher yield always offers a higher degree of risk. If you can't afford that risk, stick to short-term CDs or money market funds. That's The Savage Truth.

-- Reported by Terry Savage in Chicago.

Terry Savage is an expert on personal finance and also appears as a commentator on national television on issues related to investing and the financial markets. Savage's personal finance column in the Chicago Sun-Times is nationally syndicated. She was the first woman trader on the Chicago Board Options Exchange and is a registered investment adviser for stocks and futures. Savage currently serves as a director of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Corp.
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