- Last Ratings Update:12/31/2014
- Price as of 12/31/2014 :$39.44
- Net Assets:$10,397.8 Million
- Peer Rank:158 of 275
- Investment Rating:B-
We rate iShares US Preferred Stock at B-. Positive factors that influence this rating include a greater than above average total return, low price volatility, low expense structure and long term portfolio management tenure. The fund may be considered for investors seeking an Equity Income strategy.
POSITIVES AND RISKS
Total return ranks above peers over the last three years. The iShares US Preferred Stock has returned an annual rate of 4.32% since inception. More recently, the fund has generated a total return of 8.00% in the last five years, 9.10% in the last three years, and 12.75% in the last year. How does that compare to other equity funds? In the last five years, it has outperformed 48% of them. It has also outpaced 52% of its competitors on a three year basis and 67% of them over the last year for the period ending 12/31/2014. On a year to date basis, PFF has returned 12.75%.
Downside risk has been below average. PFF has a draw down risk of -9.66%, which is the largest price decline experienced over the last three years. This fund has a three year standard deviation of 5.6%. This fund has had very little volatility in its monthly performance over the last 36 months. As of 12/31/2014, the fund was trading at a price of $39.44, which is 1.2% below its 52-week high of $39.93 and 1.1% above its 52-week low of $39.01.
Low expense ratio helps performance. On total assets of $10.40 billion, PFF maintains a low expense ratio compared to its Equity Income peers of just 0.47% to cover all operating costs. Brokerage costs for the fund to buy and sell shares are not included in the expense ratio. As PFF is an exchange traded fund, it has no front end or back end load.
The iShares US Preferred Stock is managed by Diane Hsiung at BlackRock Fund Advisors. This fund is one of 299 BlackRock Fund Advisors exchange-traded funds launched since 3/12/1996 that we track.
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