Play the Hot then Cold Interest Rate Standoff with ‘LQD’

As Treasury bond yields continue to tick higher, puts corporate bonds may be in a bind as fixed income investors increasingly opt for government bonds with less default risk. As the market continues to decide whether it wants to continue past its pre-pandemic levels or languish further, investors can get quality corporate bond exposure with assets like the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD) .

Lower Fees Are Driving Investors from Mutual Funds to ETFs

Proponents of exchange traded funds (ETFs) frequently cite their rock-bottom fees. According to a Kiplinger article , various studies substantiate this claim. “Numerous studies show that over the long term, managed mutual funds cannot beat an index fund, such as an ETF,” the article noted. “For example, according to the SPIVA scorecard , 75% of large cap funds ‘underperformed’ the S&P 500 over five years through Dec. 31, 2020.

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