|Expense Ratio (net)||0.08%|
|Last Cap Gain||0.00|
|Morningstar Risk Rating||Below Average|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.92|
|5y Average Return||N/A|
|Average for Category||N/A|
|Inception Date||Dec 19, 2013|
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Plain-vanilla, high-quality bonds have been among the best diversifiers for equities over the past decade, eclipsing every other asset class on that front. After all, correlations data are based on past performance, and a performance pattern that held true in one market environment may not prevail into the next. In the financial crisis, for example, categories that had performed well in previous equity-market downturns, including municipal bonds, corporate bonds, and commodities, lost value amid a global flight to quality and liquidity.
How much to prepare for the potential for extended market weakness depends largely on life stage. As I noted in this video, people who are many years from retirement can reasonably choose to do nothing during a market swoon, or they may even use it as a buying opportunity. Retirees, on the other hand, tend to experience weak markets differently, and more viscerally, than their still-working counterparts.
Note: This article is part of Morningstar's 2019 Portfolio Tuneup week. Off-the-shelf asset allocation guidance doesn't vary significantly for people who are still accumulating assets for retirement. Similarly, the worker with a pension should be investing more aggressively than the investor who will rely exclusively on her own savings, plus Social Security, in retirement.