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A Ray Dalio Take:pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, and savings accounts cannot meet their financial needs with these investments so holding bonds assures their failure to meet their obligations. At the same time, while there is some room for diversification benefit, because of limitations of how low interest rates can go, bond prices are close to their upper limits in price, which makes being short them a relatively low-risk bet.
bondetf.net/short-bond-etf.htmIf you ever wondered how to short bonds in an ETF then you will be glad to know that there are currently several short bond ETFs. "Short" here does not refer to the duration of the bond (short-term) but rather the fact that it is a bearish or inverse bond ETF or exchange traded fund.
The current inverse bond ETFs available are mostly short treasury ETFs but they include an inverse high yield bond etf and they are issued by either ProShares or Direxion. The short treasury ETFs go up in price whenever Treasury Bonds go down in price and vice versa.