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Keeping Up With Rising Rates

With the fed funds rate still at historic lows (0% - 0.25%) and the US economy showing signs of a recovery, talk that the Federal Reserve may taper its bond purchases has many investors planning their next move.[1] With the yield on the 10-year US Treasury note in reaching its highest level in 14 months in August 2013, long-term fixed-rate bonds might depreciate in value should interest rates continue higher. However, floating-rate securities are designed to maintain more of their value in that scenario, given that coupon payments are reset frequently to reflect more closely the changing interest-rate environment. Additionally, the ETFs in this motif hold shorter-maturity floating-rate bonds, in an effort to further distance interest rate risk for investors. This portfolio provides exposure to ETFs that hold investment-grade floating-rate notes and secured institutional banks loans offering high yields. See more
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Weight Segment & Stocks Symbol 1 MO / 1 YR Return
20.2% Corporate 3.0%
20.1% High Yield 2.3%
20.1% PowerShares Senior Loan ETF BKLN 2.3%
20.1% Broad 1.9%
20.1% iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF FLOT 1.9%
20.0% Government 1.1%
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19.6% Preferred 7.2%
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