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Intermediate Term

 

Portfolio Role

Intermediate bonds are a staple of most portfolio bond diversification.  In addition, the treasury bonds used here are generally considered the safest form of bond because the government can always print more money there’s virtually no default risk.  Even if you prefer a total bond market fund that includes corporate bonds, intermediate treasuries serve as a very close proxy in the calculators.

 

Market Coverage

Intermediate term bond funds generally have an average maturity around 5-7 years.  The returns on the site use a 10-1 model that mirrors popular Bloomberg Barclays index methodology and are based on the highest quality bonds issued by the treasury of the country in question.

  

Notes

Different countries have different names for treasury bonds.  In the context of this site, treasuries, gilts, and bunds are all interchangeable.

 

Portfolios containing intermediate term bonds