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Top 'Aggressive Kicker' Bond Funds

These noncore funds can augment sturdy, higher-quality core holdings.

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If you're a conservative investor, building a bond portfolio could be as simple as identifying a sturdy core fund and possibly supplementing it with a short-term vehicle to help address short-term cash needs. But if you have a long time horizon for at least part of your fixed-income holdings, you can consider adding a component with a higher-risk profile but also potentially higher returns.

I tackled how to identify core bond funds in this article. Today, let's take a look at how you might go about finding reasonable "aggressive kicker" bond funds that you could use around the margins of your portfolio to amp up its return potential.

Christine Benz does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.