FLRN limits duration exposure with investments in debt securities with maturities that don’t exceed five years. In addition, at least 80% of its assets will be allocated towards securities comprising the index, such as U.S. dollar-denominated, investment grade floating rate notes. The floating rate allows investors to capitalize on any short-term interest rate adjustments in accordance with monetary policy.
2. iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF (BATS: FLOT)
FLOT seeks to track the investment results of the Bloomberg Barclays US Floating Rate Note < 5 Years Index (the “underlying index”), which measures the performance of U.S. dollar-denominated, investment-grade floating rate notes. FLOT invests in the component securities of the underlying index and may invest up to 10% of its assets in certain futures, options and swap contracts, cash and cash equivalents, as well as in securities not included in the underlying index.
3. iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corp Bd ETF (NYSEArca: HYG)
HYG tracks the investment results of the Markit iBoxx® USD Liquid High Yield Index, which is comprised of high yield U.S. corporate bonds that have less than investment-grade quality. Investors who have been able to forego the credit risk have seen total returns of 5.49% the last three years and 1.96% the past year based on Yahoo! Finance performance figures.
4. iShares 0-5 Year High Yield Corp Bd ETF (NYSEArca: SHYG)
SHYG seeks to track the investment results of the Markit iBoxx® USD Liquid High Yield 0-5 Index, which is primarily composed of U.S. dollar-denominated, high yield corporate bonds with remaining maturities of less than five years. Like SJNK, debt maturities are shorter, thereby helping to hedge some credit risk, but issues are still less than investment-grade. Nonetheless, SHYG has managed to return 2.97% year-to-date, 3.75% the past year and 5.62% the last three years.
5. SPDR Blmbg BarclaysST HY Bd ETF (NYSEArca: SJNK)
SJNK seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the Bloomberg Barclays US High Yield 350mn Cash Pay 0-5 Yr 2% Capped Index. SJNK invests its total assets in the securities comprising the index, which is designed to measure the performance of short-term publicly issued U.S. dollar-denominated high yield corporate bonds.
The short-term maturities will help hedge some credit risk due to the lesser exposure, but holdings are still less than investment-grade. SJNK has returned 3.12% year-to-date, 4.09% the past year and 5.53% the last three years.
6. Invesco Senior Loan ETF (NYSEArca: BKLN)
BKLN is based on the S&P/LSTA U.S. Leveraged Loan 100 Index, which tracks the market-weighted performance of the largest institutional leveraged loans according to market weightings, spreads and interest payments. Senior loans that BKLN incorporates into their debt portfolios are typically used for business recapitalizations, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, and re-financings. BKLN’s loan portfolio includes the purchase of loans from banks or other financial institutions through assignments or participations.
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