Record Treasury issuances during the past decade have made the index more conservative than most intermediate-term bond funds.
Vanguard's Total International Bond exchange-traded fund is a poor investment today.
Despite their relatively low expected returns, bonds still provide diversification and stability.
International opportunities, income, and M&A activity were on investors' minds in September.
Income investors concerned about heavy government-bond concentration in the Barclays Aggregate Bond Index should consider dividend payers and the bonds of countries with low debt/GDP ratios, says the Princeton professor.
It's time to move beyond the S&P 500 Index.
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Interest in dividend-paying stocks and bonds remained high as the market eyed the Fed.
The industry’s largest portfolios vary their approach.