However, instead of meticulously picking out individual debt securities, investors can utilize target-date bond ETFs to easily create a bond ladder strategy.

“Bond laddering offers a number of potential benefits, but creating bond ladders with individual bonds can be time consuming and cost prohibitive,” Belden added. “In contrast, Guggenheim BulletShares ETFs offer investors a cost effective and convenient approach to portfolio ladder.”

To help make things easier for investors, Guggenheim Investments has introduced the BulletShares ETF Bond Laddering Tool as a way to “customize a hypothetical ladder by factoring such criteria as maturity range, portfolio weighting, duration, yield distribution, yield-to-maturity, yield-to-worst, and number of holdings.”

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