This is the "safe" part of your porftolio, so you want to invest in government or highly rated corporations. (Highly-rated corporates are large, established multi-nationals like General Electric or Citibank, who are not likely to default on their bond payments.) The U.S. is regarded as the safest place to invest. This part of your portfolio might include U.S. government bonds and the debt (bonds) of U.S.-based corporations. How do you pick which bonds to buy? Thankfully, someone already did that research. "The Lehman Brothers Aggregate Index ... represents securities that are U.S. domestic, taxable, and dollar denominated. The Index covers the U.S. investment grade fixed rate bond market, with index components for government and corporate securities, mortgage pass-through securities, and asset-backed securities." Lehman Brothers' bond market indices are widely used as benchmarks and guidelines for investors.
These are Mutual Funds that invest exclusively in Government Securities. In India they would invest in instruments like Government of India Bonds, RBI Bonds etc.If it were the USA, they will invest in Treasury Bills.Examples in India:a. Birla Sun Life GILT Plus - Regular Planb. ICICI Prudential Gilt - Investment - PF Optionc. etc
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