FUNDS. Go-anywhere moderately-aggressive-allocation (70-90% equity) EKBAX (ER 1.1%; no-load/NTF at Fidelity, Schwab) invests in stocks (45% tech, 29% industrials) and bonds (including HY, convertibles). Manager Margret PATEL was a HY specialist in her former career (at Wells Fargo, Pioneer, Third Avenue, Northstar). (By @lewisbraham
EXTRA, FUNDS. THEMATIC funds have been disasters for investors (but they do sound interesting). Moreover, investors have poor timing with those – the M* investor-returns lag the fund TRs badly. Most big firms offer such niche/thematic ETFs – Fidelity, Blackrock/BLK (ICLN), Invesco/IVZ, etc; others also offer them, ARKK, DRIV, etc.
INCOME. Treasury FRNs (=< 2 year maturity) have rates that reset weekly to 3-month T-Bill auctions rate, so their effective duration is just 1 week. These can be bought at monthly auctions via brokerages or Treasury Direct, or in the secondary market. There are funds – USFR, TFLO, both with the ER of 15 bps. The interest is exempt from state/local taxes. Interest in FRNs grew after the Fed started to increase rates in mid-2022 (so, don’t look for long performance histories). (Finally, the FRNs are getting the media attention they deserve) (Be aware that now there are 3 types of floating-rate (FR) funds – Treasury FRNs, corporate FRs, junk FRs/BL (these have done well this year), so pay attention to which ones you are buying/holding.)
RETIREMENT. Some healthcare groups and doctors may not accept MEDICARE ADVANTAGE (MA; Part C), or that may change annually. Issues may be related to reimbursement rates and prior approvals. So, check whether your healthcare provider is in/out-network. The MA plans combine Parts A (hospitals), B (doctors), D (meds) with other supplementary coverages (eye, dental, gym). Almost 50% of Medicare-eligible people now use MA. Common enrollment periods are OEP Oct 15 – Dec 7, MA OEP Jan 1 – Mar 31; be sure to check the possible changes. (Also check plan’s formulary for any changes to your meds’ tiers)LINK