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Falling Interest Rates, Time for Bonds

Douglas E. Greenberg, a distinguished Financial Advisor based in Portland, Oregon, and a founder of Pacific Northwest Advisory, offers valuable insights into incorporating bonds into your investment mix. Bonds, as a means to lend money in exchange for interest income, can be a stable addition to your portfolio, especially beneficial for Pacific Northwest clients.

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Key Points on Bonds

  • Interest Rates and Bond Value: When interest rates drop, existing bonds with higher interest rates become more valuable. Holding such bonds can lead to potential gains.
  • Maturity Date and Principal: Bonds come with a promise to pay back the principal on a specific date, known as the maturity date.
  • Duration and Price Sensitivity: Duration indicates how much a bond's price could change with interest rate movements. A higher duration means more sensitivity to rate changes.
  • Total Return Considerations: Total return combines investment growth and income. In periods of falling interest rates, bond prices may increase, enhancing their value in your portfolio.

Bonds and Economic Slowdowns

"In times of economic slowdowns, the Federal Reserve often lowers rates to boost the economy," explains Douglas E. Greenberg. This scenario can increase a bond's price, making it an advantageous addition to your investment strategy.

Comparing Bonds with Stocks

  • Value Stocks: Typically provide dividends as part of the total return.
  • Growth Stocks: Expect returns primarily from growth in stock price, with little to no dividends.
  • Bonds: Include interest payments as income. With a decrease in interest rates, bond prices can increase significantly.

Sample Portfolio Analysis

  • Diversified Portfolio: A diversified bond portfolio can minimize risks from any single company's adverse issues.
  • Credit Quality: Most bonds in a well-curated portfolio are investment-grade, enhancing stability.


Bonds offer a strategic way to diversify your investment portfolio. For more detailed guidance tailored to Pacific Northwest clients, connect with Douglas E. Greenberg and the team at Pacific Northwest Advisory.