The first rule of fixed-income investing? Protect the downside.

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The fixed—income market is really a game of basis points — you can make money with an eyedropper but lose it by the bucketful if you’re not careful.

Risk isn’t necessarily a bad thing — it can drive a bond portfolio’s returns. But it’s important to understand and balance the four main types of fixed-income risks to help reduce portfolio drawdowns, says Senior Portfolio Manager Gene Tannuzzo.