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Lower Duration For Better Inflation Protection

TIP Securities have been around only since 1997, placing them a time period with only relatively tame levels of inflation. That being said, the need for inflation protection is very relevant, and investors now have access to five TIPS ETFs. They give investors a choice among broad based, intermediate, short-term, and long-term durations.

Gravitating towards shorter duration bond holdings in the TIPS marketplace will mean choosing a higher correlation with inflation, lower volatility, and only small yield differences. PIMCO is currently the only ETF issuer with a full family of TIPS exchange-traded products.

Duration is a measure of the average life of a bond.

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