iShares 1 – 3 year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY)

Part of the mission of the MIP Portfolio is to perform in all markets by being diversified and having low correlations amongst the various holdings. Thanks to some feedback regarding the current portfolio from a helpful Facebooker, I am looking into adding the iShares 1 – 3 year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY) to the portfolio to maintain capital and generate income while interest rates are set to rise.

Now I have no idea how high they will rise, just that the general concensus is that interest rates will rise over time back to “normal” levels. Perhaps 3.5% – 4% on the 10 year is a normal range, or so I’ve heard from analysts on CNBC.

Since my portfolio is a yield portfolio, it will be sensitive to interest rate rises as higher yielding, safer investments (U.S. Treasuries) will garner higher demand. To protect against this I will look to start adding a position within SHY.

The wisdom I need from the crowd is to verify that SHY is the best way to protect an income focused portfolio against rising rates and what weighting this vehicle should receive. 10%, 15%, 20%+?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section. Refer here to see what is currently in the MIP Portfolio.


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