United States Treasury bonds and notes are called "risk-free" because there is effectively zero risk of default by the lender. This is because the US Treasury can, if needed, simply "print money"* to pay its debts.
These bonds do carry other risks, for example that inflation could reduce the value of the payments below the original ...
General reasons for investors for when to sell a stock:
The fundamentals have changed
Share price has risen dramatically and you think that the stock has become overvalued
You now believe that the purchase was a mistake
Tax loss harvesting
You need the money
You found a better opportunity
Your target price has been reached
To cut losses
It's a ...
Sure, no investment is truly "risk free". Government bonds are generally very low risk, but the risk is not zero. Governments can and have repudiated debt, i.e. simply declared that they've decided they're not going to pay. The government could be overthrown in a revolution or conquered by an invading army. If you have a bond issued by the ...
would consolidating my loans disqualify me from receiving this kind of aid?
No one knows any details about what any hypothetical loan forgiveness plan would or would not cover. Would the Government actually pay the lenders the forgiveness amount? Or would it be through some sort of tax credit. No one knows at this point. It's all still just talk until an ...