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Bond Fund ETFs Yield Highest Ratings

The SPDR Lehman Aggregate Bond ETF (LAG), whose portfolio contains investment-grade bonds, was recently yielding 4.5%.

Bond Funds Dominate ETFs With the Highest Marks From TheStreet.com Ratings
NAME, TICKER & TheStreet.com RATINGS GRADE FUND FAMILY TOTAL NET ASSETS ($MIL) 3-MO. TOTAL RET'N (%) 12-MO. TOTAL RET'N (%) YIELD (%)
iShares Lehman 3-7 Year Treasury Bd (IEI) A+ BARCLAY'S GLOBAL 450.6 3.48 10.59 2.8
iShares Lehman 10-20 Yr Treasury Bd (TLH) A+ BARCLAY'S GLOBAL 119.0 -1.95 3.77 3.9
iShares Lehman 1-3Yr Treasury Bond (SHY) A+ BARCLAY'S GLOBAL 9,901.7 2.36 7.06 4.0
iShares Lehman MBS Fixed-Rate Bond (MBB) A+ BARCLAY'S GLOBAL 401.3 0.32 3.53 5.9
iShares Lehman Short Treasury Bond (SHV) A+ BARCLAY'S GLOBAL 749.7 0.63 3.21 1.6
PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury (PLW) A+ Invesco PowerShares Cap Mgmt. 31.9 0.95 6.60 3.8
PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury (PLW) A+ Invesco PowerShares Cap Mgmt. 31.9 0.95 6.60 3.8
PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish Fd (UUP) A+ Deutsche Bank 101.0 16.64 12.53 0.0
SPDR Lehman Aggregate Bond ETF (LAG) A+ State Street Global Advisors 116.9 -0.87 2.64 4.5
SPDR Lehman Intermediate Tr Treas (ITE) A+ State Street Global Advisors 44.3 2.68 8.31 2.8
Vanguard Short Term Bond ETF (BSV) A+ Vanguard 778.6 -1.88 2.69 3.5
Source: TheStreet.com Ratings - Data as of 10/31/2008.

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Richard Widows is a senior financial analyst for TheStreet.com Ratings. Prior to joining TheStreet.com, Widows was senior product manager for quantitative analytics at Thomson Financial. After receiving an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University in California, his career included development of investment information systems at data firms, including the Lipper division of Reuters. His international experience includes assignments in the U.K. and East Asia.
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