|Other Junk |
Stocks' solid run in the 1990s gave investors little reason to look at bonds.
|Source: Stocks represented by the Wilshire 5000 index, bonds represented by the Lehman Brothers Aggregate Bond index. Performance through Nov. 21.|
|Bond Funds' Flagging Fan Club |
In the tail end of the 1990s the number of bond fund accounts flatlined, while stock fund accounts skyrocketed.
|Source: Investment Company Institute.|
|A Tradeoff |
Yes, stocks outperform bonds, but they can smooth out stocks' volatility too.
|Source: Morningstar. Data through Oct. 31.|