The Best Bonds for Rising Rates

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The Best Bonds for Rising Rates

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This is a tough time to be buying bonds. Prices have become very rich over the last several years and on top of sky high valuations and low yields the risk of rising rates causing big losses is high as the Fed sticks to its hawkish path. With that in mind, floating rate bonds and ETFs are a good strategy to combat the situation, as their yields rise as the market's do. Most also invest in short-term bonds to lessen interest rate risk. Two of the most popular floating rate ETFs are the iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF ( FLOT ) and SPDR Blmbg Barclays Inv Grd Flt Rt ETF ( FLRN ). Both hold floating rate bonds with maturities of 5 years and under.

FINSUM : These seem like good options. The one downside to these ETF is that yields are quite low given their conservative nature, but they obviously have great downside protection.

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This article appears in: Investing , Bonds
Referenced Symbols: FLOT , FLRN

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