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Some Bonds Are Better Diversifiers Than Others

Ben Johnson, CFA (ben.johnson@morningstar.com)

In the context of portfolio construction, the best thing about bonds is that they are not stocks. All these attributes lend themselves to bonds being less than perfectly correlated with stocks, making them good diversifiers of equity risk. As stocks continue to chug along and interest rates have lifted off from their recent lows and could climb higher still, now is a good time to revisit bonds' role in a diversified portfolio.