Best Defensive ETFs to Protect Your Portfolio

The best defensive ETFs can help ease investors' worries about volatility across the stock and bond markets.

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The best defensive ETFs are ideal for investors seeking out safety as Treasury yields hover near their highest levels in nearly two decades and stocks struggle in reaction.

And with higher interest rates driving up costs for consumers and businesses and a possible recession on the horizon, those who haven't already reallocated their portfolio towards more defensive investments should certainly consider it.


Data is as of January 16. Dividend yields are calculated by annualizing the most recent payout and dividing by the share price.   

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Jeff Reeves
Contributing Writer,

Jeff Reeves writes about equity markets and exchange-traded funds for Kiplinger. A veteran journalist with extensive capital markets experience, Jeff has written about Wall Street and investing since 2008. His work has appeared in numerous respected finance outlets, including CNBC, the Fox Business Network, the Wall Street Journal digital network, USA Today and CNN Money.