Bonds

Potentially generate a regular income stream
  • May protect your portfolio from large swings in the market 
  • Excellent product for beginner and expert investors 
  • May manage risks to your portfolio from changing interest rates
Free

bond tools and research

$1.00

commission per bond trade for online secondary market trades2

Why invest in bonds?

One word: predictability. Most bonds are designed to pay you steady income on a regular basis. They aim to protect the value of your original investment, and may help cushion the market’s ups and downs as part of a diversified portfolio.

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Principal preservation

Most bonds return their full face value when they mature

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Diversification

Add them to your stock portfolio to help balance your portfolio during market swings3

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Manage inflation and interest rate risk

The value of your investments may change in response to interest rate movements, these investments can help provide a predictable income stream

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Tax free income

Some bonds give you tax breaks, allowing you to keep more of your money

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Why trade bonds with E*TRADE?

Because we offer an array of bonds from leading providers, the tools, and on call support—at low prices.

  • Choose from our large selection of bonds
  • Find tools and information specially designed for fixed income investors including our bond resource center
  • Pay just $1 commission per bond trade for online secondary market trades2
  • Get guidance and recommendations from our Fixed Income Specialists4
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Have at it

We have everything you need to start working with bonds right now.

  • Do your research with our collection of articles, videos, and other material
  • Get professional insights: consult third party research reports
  • Use screeners and other tools to find the right investments for your portfolio
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Get up to $600 plus 60 days of commission-free stocks and options trades


 for deposits of $10k or more.1 How it works

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Get up to $600 plus 60 days of commission-free stocks and options trades


 for deposits of $10k or more.1 How it works

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Learn more about bonds

Our knowledge section has info to get you up to speed and keep you there.5

 

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What is a Bond?

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