The Fed is unwinding quantitative easing. This should not have negative implications for bond yields or fixed income index investing. The Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is still an appropriate measure of the fixed income market.
Josh Barrickman, CFA, is a principal, senior portfolio manager, and head of fixed income indexing Americas. He and his team manage bond index fund portfolios invested in U.S. and international bond markets (including government, mortgage-backed, and corporate securities). The team also manages several bond index ETFs. Mr. Barrickman, who joined Vanguard in 1998, has more than ten years of fixed income experience. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® certification and earned a B.S. from Ohio Northern University and an M.B.A. from Lehigh University.