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I am interested in investing a portion of my portfolio in fixed-income investments, as anemic as they are lately. Conventional logic says that it might be smart in such a down market to use a laddering strategy, but frankly I'm too lazy to actively manage that.

Is there an investment vehicle such as a Mutual fund or ETF that does buys fixed income investments like bonds or CDs and automatically manages the laddering?

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Aren't you just asking about a large number of bond or money market funds or ETFs? Some focus on what they invest in (municipal, corporate...), some focus on term (short, medium, long), some focus on risk level (short to junk). There could be thousands of funds. –  mhoran_psprep Jan 19 '13 at 13:33
My understanding is that bond funds don't tend to hold securities to maturity. If so, it seems that they would have a higher risk profile than buying and holding the underlying bonds to maturity. –  JohnFx Jan 20 '13 at 5:51
@JohnFx a couple of clarifying questions: 1) Are you interested in a specific type of fixed income security, e.g. US treasuries 2) Is your aim to not have to think about what type of ladder you want to build at all, or more to think of your requirements carefully up front and then have someone else implement it for you, i.e. are you trying to offload the "thinking" or the "admin" –  thepassiveinvestor Jan 21 '13 at 19:22
@thepassiveinvestor I'm thinking I'd pick an asset class say CDs, Government Bonds, Corporate Bonds, etc. and then buy some type of investment that ladders in that particular type of investment. –  JohnFx Jan 26 '13 at 16:24
@JohnFx Maybe as part of the clean-up drive we have request you to anwer or close this question :) you have the choice to select the reason, Too Broad, Offtopic or Unclear ;) –  Dheer Feb 20 at 8:34
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