High inflation, the Fed’s interest rate hikes to tame it, and geopolitical tensions have led the stock market to experience erratic swings this year. While the August jobs report came in better than expected, it failed to revive investor sentiment.
With inflation remaining high, the Fed is expected to maintain its aggressive rate hikes, increasing the risks of a recession. According to a survey by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, 66% of Americans believe a major recession is imminent.
Given the uncertain economic conditions, it could be wise to invest in JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF (JPST), iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF (FLOT), and Fidelity MSCI Utilities Index ETF (FUTY), which are well-positioned to dodge the market volatility and deliver stable returns.
JPST is an actively managed, ultra-short-term, broad-market bond fund that makes use of the sector and macroeconomic research capabilities of JPMorgan. The fund makes investments in fixed-rate, variable-rate, and floating-rate debt, including corporate issues, asset-backed securities, and debt pertaining to mortgages, as well as U.S. government and agency debt, including Treasury securities.
With $21.63 billion in assets under management, JPST’s top holdings include U.S. Dollar with a 38.9% weighting; Fixed Income (unclassified) at 1.9%; Nordea Bank AB (New York) FRN at 0.85%; and BNP Paribas S.A. 3.5% at 0.85%.
JPST has an expense ratio of 0.18%, lower than the category average of 0.64%. The ETF pays a $0.41 dividend annually, which yields 0.80%. Also, it has a five-year monthly beta of 0.11, indicating extremely low volatility compared to the broader market.
JPST closed yesterday’s trading session at $50.16 and is currently trading just 1.12% below its 52-week high of $50.73. The ETF has seen net inflows of $1.19 billion over the past month. JPST’s NAV stood at $50.13.
JPST’s POWR Ratings reflect this promising outlook. The ETF’s overall A rating equates to Strong Buy in our proprietary rating system.
iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF (FLOT)
FLOT provides exposure to floating rate debt, which may be appealing to investors looking to reduce interest rate risk. It follows an index of investment-grade floating-rate corporate bonds with maturities ranging from 0 to 5 years. Most of these bonds pay a variable coupon rate that…
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