In my 401K, I currently have it all invested in Equity. I am looking at a mutual fund that invests in something other than equity right now. I am looking at high yield bonds and am wondering if anyone has any opinions as to a good mutual fund to use. I understand that interest rates have been at historical lows and they are bound to increase sometime in the future, therefore decreasing the value of bonds. My goal is to diversify my portfolio.
I am currently only 1 year out of college so I do not have a lot of money invested, but My equities are pretty risky. I have 1/3 invested in international and 2/3 invested domestically. Domestically, I have most of my money tied up in small to mid cap companies with an emphasis in growth. I also have a small amount in a 2050 retirement target fund.
Any ideas or opinions? Should i be looking at something other than bonds? Any suggestions of Mutual funds or ETF's to look at? Thanks in advance.
Diversification is a great thing....but I would not worry about that now. Assuming you are 24-ish, I would take advantage of a depressed market and research under-valued equities, maybe more value-based than growth and stay away from the bond market for the next several years. Look to diversify as the market returns and you gain wealth and years. Just an opinion of a middle-aged investor.
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What type of high yield bonds? Municipal? State? Corporate? There's been a huge move of people and fund managers moving to bonds as a means of capital preservation. If the yield is high, there's a reason. Just my opinion, but if you're looking there you're late to the party cause the herd is already there. If you believe rates are heading up, then the value of the bond has to drop so that the yield reflects market rates. IMO that's a sucker's bet. I would focus on companies with good cashflow, a good return on both assets and equity, don't have a ton of debt, and pay a decent dividend. Eventually the market will value them as they should, and meanwhile you get paid to wait. I do this by purchasing individual equities, although you can find funds that use a similar strategy. At your age and this point of the economic cycle, it's a slam dunk because based on those factors, stocks are dirt cheap right now. And if stocks are cheap, you'll be WAY ahead by buying the good ones. For the longterm, buy what's cheap and sell what's expensive. Just my $.02.
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