ETF Strategist - Fixed Income

IN FOCUS: Fixed Income

In the unlikely world of rock-bottom Treasury rates, a debt-ceiling time bomb, a tarnished municipal bond market and recovering corporate balance sheets, what's an investor to do?

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    By: Mark McLaughlin,|Special to CNBC.com

    Combine a desire for yield with expectations for slow but steady economic growth and tame inflation and you have an environment that should benefit all but the priciest U.S. bonds.

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    By: Mark McLaughlin,|Special to CNBC.com

    It's only a matter of time before the central bank's easy-money policy affects inflation expectations and inflation itself, spooking investors.

  • By: Mark McLaughlin, |Special to CNBC.com

    Though diversity is important, seek an overweighting in corporate, municipal and emerging market bond funds.

  • By: Mark McLaughlin, |Special to CNBC.com

    U.S. Treasuries should bear the brunt of rising interest rates, so think TIPS and ultra-short funds.

  • By: Mark McLaughlin, |Special to CNBC.com

    ETFs broadly covering bonds in the major taxable and tax-exempt asset classes, plus exposure to convertible bonds that feature some of the upside of stocks, are an investor’s best option to deal with uncertainty.

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