In general, you want to limit the bond exposure in your brokerage account because of taxes.
Generally, as you can see in the table, the shorter duration or maturity funds did best as would be expected in a rising yield environment. This impact can be seen by comparing IEI (-2.57%) versus IEF (-5.75%). The table also shows the poor performance of emerging markets and international in general.
The bogey in the bond market is AGG, the Barclay's Aggregate Bond Index - it is to the bond market what the S&P 500 is to stocks.
Disclosure: this post is for educational purposes. Individuals should do their own research or consult a professional before making financial transactions.
|CSJ||-0.3||1-3 YR. CORP.|
|IEI||-2.57||3-7 YR. TREAS.|
|IEF||-5.75||7-10 YR. TREAS.|
|IHY||-3.43||INT'L. HIGH YLD.|
|BSJF||0.73||2015 HIGH YLD.|
|LQD||-5.56||INVEST GRADE CORP.|
|BOND||-3.38||PIMCO TOTAL RET.|
|HYS||1.74||0-5 YR. HIGH YLD.|