Why ETF Investors Need Some Junk In Their… Portfolios

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Income seems to be in short supply these days, so wherever exchange traded fund ( ETF ) investors can get it, that's where they're going. One such hot spot is junk bond ETFs.

In that search for income, be careful. John Spence for MarketWatch reports that investors need to be wary of the higher risk in "junk" bonds:

We believe high-yield bond funds are one asset class to watch over the next year or so. This is an opportunity or maybe a trade where you can move into something that's going to produce higher income. In this market, it's tough to find a decent yield, because most investments are currently paying very little (10-year treasuries currently yield less than 3%).

Given last quarter's strong corporate earnings and lower default rates among companies, high-yield bond funds could be an attractive alternative.

For more stories about corporate debt, visit our corporate bond ETF page .

  • iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond (NYSEArca: HYG)
  • SPDR Barclays Capital High-Yield Bond (NYSEArca: JNK)
  • PowerShares Fundamental High Yield Corporate Bond (NYSEArca: PHB)

Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

This article appears in: Investing , ETFs

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