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ICSH Has Outperformed Other Popular Short-Term Bond Funds, Remains Our Favorite

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  • We continue to believe that ICSH is one of the better places to park cash to get some return without taking much risk.
  • Unfortunately, it has recently delivered negative total returns due to the quick rise in interest rate expectations, but going forward, we believe it can return to delivering positive returns.
  • However, should inflation continue to run high for a long time, investors might want to consider instead a short duration TIP bond ETF such as VTIP.

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Last year we recommended ICSH (BATS:ICSH) as a good ETF to consider for placing some cash while waiting for a market correction. We have mixed feelings about the results so far, given that we

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FYI-- The 30-day SEC yield of SLQD is about 3 times that of ICSH. The choice is between higher yield or lower volatility.
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