We continue to favor low duration in our fixed income portfolios given the extent of the rally in the U.S. Treasuries post-Brexit. The iShares Aggregate Bond ETF AGG has risen in duration from 3.7 years in 2008 to 5.5 years so short duration ETFs (SHY, GSY, MINT, NEAR) are worth a look. We expect that higher yields will be beneficial for floating rate bonds (FLOT, FLTR, FLRN) and leveraged loans (BKLN, SRLN) and negative for bonds with prepayment risk, mainly higher coupon mortgages. Interest-rate hedged strategies (LQDH, THHY) could be an option for some investors to reduce rate sensitivity while maintaining bond exposure.

Deepika Sharma is the managing director of investments and portfolio manager at Astor Investment Management, a participant in the ETF Strategist Channel.

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