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Top 10 Government, Inflation Protected Bond ETFs

Stocks in this article: SHY IEF TLT IEI AGZ TIP STPZ IPE STIP

AGZ: iShares Barclays Capital U.S. Agency Bond ETF (AGZ) just follows U.S. agency bonds. It was launched in November 2008. It has AUM of $376 million, trades a daily average of 26,000 shares, an expense ratio of .20% , a current yield of 1.84%, a 1-year total return through May 2011 of 3.43% and all agencies still carry AAA ratings. No question things were rocky in 2008.

Data as of May 2011

AGZ Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. Bank Of America Gtd 3.125%: 7.34%
  2. FHLBA 3.625%: 5.82%
  3. FHLMC 4.5%: 5.03%
  4. FHLBA 4%: 5.02%
  5. FHLMC 1.75%: 4.13%
  6. FHLMC 1.15%: 3.50%
  7. FHLMC 4.375%: 3.45%
  8. FNMA 1.125%: 3.26%
  9. FNMA 4.375%: 2.82%
  10. FNMA 2%: 2.41%

There are plenty of other government bonds but most are repetitive to these issues and/or have low AUM and little liquidity for now. We move on to inflation protected government bonds which include on overseas issue.

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