Boost Your Yield Getty Images Short-term interest rates will be zero-bound until at leastsays the Federal Reserve, and long-term rates are struggling to gain ground in a slow-growth economy with inflation only starting to stir.
That makes it a challenge to find yield without taking on too much risk. The typical corporate bond fund yields 1.
It yields 2. Funds that focus on high-yield debt—bonds issued by companies with ratings of double-B down to triple-C—yield an average of 4.
It currently yields 3.
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It packs its portfolio with companies that will best benefit from disruptive innovation in five broad areas: genome sequencing, robotics, artificial intelligence, energy storage and block-chain technology.