This is not your grandmother’s IRA.

In Marc’s latest State of the Market video – which aired on Wealthy Retirement‘s YouTube channel yesterday – he addressed a common misconception that costs too many seniors in retirement…

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That diligent savers who want to secure wealth in their golden years don’t have the time to waste on bond investing.

In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.

True, bonds are not the James Dean of the market. They won’t often get your adrenaline pumping like fast-paced options trading

But they won’t cause inexperienced traders the same gut-wrenching losses, either.

And if you ask readers of Marc’s Oxford Income Letter, who just scored a double-digit gain in less than 30 days on their Southwest Airlines bonds, I’m sure they’ll tell you they don’t mind bonds’ stodgy reputation.

The fact of the matter is, when played right, bonds can offer returns on par with some dividend payers. Sometimes even higher…

And unlike shareholders in seemingly secure giants like The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) – which suffered a May dividend cut that took many investors (but not SafetyNet Pro) by surprise – bondholders don’t get burned when the market goes south.

The highest bond default rate is 4% for the most generous-yielding junk bonds out there.

Investment-grade bonds, on the other hand, deliver as promised 99.82% of the time.

So on the road to retirement, which would you rather have…

A fast-and-furious driver who might get you to your destination in record time but could cause some expensive fender-benders along the way…

Or a professional who is contractually obligated to get you where you need to go on time as safely and directly as possible – and may surprise you with a pleasant shortcut?

I, for one, am not a gambler. My grandparents may have taught me poker games like Texas Hold ’em and Dr. Pepper, but in doing so they also taught me to judge when the reward is worth the risk.

If you are in or nearing retirement, it may pay to ask yourself whether bonds will help you answer this question.