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Bond fund investors should lower duration Retirement investors need to act to protect their investments if their portfolio experienced a severe blow from the decrease in bonds last summer, according to this article on Marketwatch. That way, they won't experience modifying their portfolio hastily amidst interest rate increases in the future. This is because it’s difficult to find the link between the percentage change in net asset value and changes in interest rates, and these factors tend to be complicated if the portfolio is mixed with different types of bonds.  --MarketWatch

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