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Barbell Strategy: Weighing the Benefits and Risks

Barbell Strategy: Weighing the Benefits and Risks

Key Takeaways The barbell strategy can help diversify a portfolio with fixed income securities Barbell strategies are one way to lower so-called “duration risk”  The barbell approach typically works best when the yield curve is flattening  When stock investors think about allocation, it’s typically about overweighting and underweighting sectors and individual company shares. But for […]

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Bond Market Look: High-Yield vs. Investment-Grade Bonds

Bond Market Look: High-Yield vs. Investment-Grade Bonds

Key Takeaways Understand the different types of investment-grade bonds High-yield corporate bonds come with their share of risks Analyze the risk and return trade-offs between investing in high-yield corporate bonds versus government bonds Investors looking to add bonds to their portfolios face a trade-off: The safest government bonds typically pay very low yields, while higher-yielding […]

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How to Invest in Mutual Funds for Diversification

How to Invest in Mutual Funds for Diversification

Key Takeaways Mutual funds present investors with an efficient means of holding a large, diversified basket of assets The mutual fund universe offers a varying range of opportunities and risks; choose carefully Understanding your financial goals, engagement levels, and risk tolerance is key to selecting a suitable mix of mutual funds So, you’ve decided your […]

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What Are Leveraged and Inverse ETFs? Look Both Ways

What Are Leveraged and Inverse ETFs? Look Both Ways

Key Takeaways Exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, are listed on exchanges and traded like shares of stock Leveraged ETFs and inverse ETFs use derivatives with the aim of amplifying returns Understand the unique risks associated with leveraged and inverse ETFs Leveraged and inverse ETFs entail unique risks, including but not limited to: use of leverage; aggressive […]

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