Guardian Investors Services, a subsidiary of Guardian Life Insurance Co., has launched a new bond fund that answers the fears of investors who have taken widely publicized cautions about bond rate volatility to heart. The Guardian Low Duration Bond Fund reduces the risk of interest rate volatility because it focuses on shorter-duration instruments.
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The fund uses the Lehman Brother U.S. Government 1-3 Year Bond Index as its benchmark and invests primarily in short-term Treasuries, agencies, investment-grade corporate bonds, high-yield corporate bonds and mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities. The fund is managed by Howard W. Chin, who also manages Guardians Investment Quality Bond Fund and Bond Fund.
The new fund is being sold through financial advisors and the companys 401(k) program.