This article is part of Morningstar's Guide to Passive Investing special report.
Passive funds in the intermediate-term bond Morningstar Category come with a built-in safety net of low fees, typically clocking in at about 10 basis points, compared with a broad Morningstar Category median of 68 basis points. They also carry less credit risk than their typical competitors, making them reliable diversifiers during periods of credit stress.
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