Are Stocks Always Riskier Than Bonds?

Morgan Ranstrom |

As we've experienced during the recent coronavirus stock selloff, stocks are definitely riskier than bonds over the short-term, but is this always the case? Can stocks actually be less risky than bonds in some scenarios? The Coffee, Sweaters, and Finance Team breaks it down for you!

In this episode of Coffee, Sweaters, and Finance, Morgan Ranstrom, CFA, CFP® and Bill Mulvahill, CFP®, CPA, fee-only financial planners and fiduciaries at Trailhead Planners, discuss the investing public's general understanding that bonds are riskier than stocks and why that may not always be the case.


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