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Going Abroad For Higher Yields

Debt offerings from the US federal government are a key holding for many fixed-income investors. But high yields haven’t been one of their selling points recently, with the 10-year Treasury note is expected to yield 2.1% over the next 12 months, whereas in September 2013 it was trading at 2.66%.[3] Meanwhile, other countries, such as Canada, Australia and China, are in less of a fiscal-budget crunch[2] and their bonds are offering higher yields than US Treasuries. Throw in the chance to gain some protection against a possible decline in the US dollar, and foreign bonds could be a valuable part of a fixed-income portfolio. This motif seeks to provide exposure to the debt of foreign governments and corporations via bond ETFs. See more
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Weight Segment & Stocks Symbol 1 MO / 1 YR Return
59.9% Government 8.0%
20.0% iShares JPMorgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF EMB 9.7%
20.0% SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Short Term Intl Treas Bond ETF BWZ 6.1%
20.0% 8xxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxx 8xxx 88.8%
20.2% Corporate 13.4%
19.9% Inflation-Protected 10.6%
19.9% 8xxx 8xxx 8xxxxxxxxxxxx 8xxxxxxxxx 8xxxx 8xx 88.8%

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