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Top 10 Government, Inflation Protected Bond ETFs

IEF: iShares Barclays Capital U.S. 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Index ETF (IEF) is another early listing by Barclays and therefore has captured the most AUM at $3.3 billion, daily trading volume of just less than 1 million shares per day, an expense ratio of .15%, a 1-year return as of June 2011 of 7.41% and a yield of 3.11%. This is an important sector, since it's from this area where mortgage rates are generally priced.

Competitive issues also abound, starting with Vanguard's VGIT, tracking the same Barclays index, but begun in November 2009. It has an expense ratio of .15%, AUM of $40 million, average daily trading volume at only 7,700 shares; SPDR's ITE (SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Treasury ETF) launched in May 2007 and only offers a marginal difference between IEF and VGIT in components, but has a lower expense ratio of .13%, AUM of $214 million and average daily trading volume of 20,000 shares; Schwab's SCHR (Barclays Capital 3-10 year ETF), with a shorter duration, features less volatility but overall about the same results. AUM is $50 million, average daily trading volume 18,000, and it has a low expense ratio of .12%.

Data as of May 2011

IEF Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. US Treasury Note 3.625%: 13.14%
  2. US Treasury Note 3.75%: 10.92%
  3. US Treasury Note 3.5%: 9.88%
  4. US Treasury Note 3.375%: 9.68%
  5. US Treasury Note 3.625%: 8.43%
  6. US Treasury Note 3.125%: 8.03%
  7. US Treasury Note 2.75%: 7.88%
  8. US Treasury Note 3.625%: 7.08%
  9. US Treasury Note 2.625%: 6.43%
  10. US Treasury Note 2.625%: 5.78%

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