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Top 10 Government and Inflation-Protected Bond ETFs

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

AGZ (iShares Barclays Capital U.S. Agency Bond ETF) follows the Barclays Capital U.S. Agency Bond Index. The fund was launched in November 2008. The expense ratio is .20%. AUM of $360M and average daily trading volume is less than 20K shares. As of mid-September 2011 the annual dividend was $.16 making the current yield .72% and YTD return 2.77%.

 

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%

TIP (iShares Barclays Capital U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Bond ETFs) follows the index of the same name. The index includes all inflation-protected securities that have at least one year remaining to maturity, are rated investment grade, and have $250 million or more of outstanding face value. The fund was launched in December 2004. Individuals must recognize they must pay tax on imputed accretion. Further some could very well question the validity of current methodology of inflation calculations. The expense ratio is .20%. AUM is now $20B with average daily trading volume over 1M shares. As of mid-September 2011 the annual dividend was $.26 making the current yield .72% and YTD return 7.11%.

Data as of September 2011

TIP Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. US Treasury Bond 2.375%:    5.05%
  2. US Treasury Bond 3.875%:    4.90%
  3. US Treasury Note 1.375%:     4.53%
  4. US Treasury Note 1.875%:     4.37%
  5. US Treasury Note 2%:            4.29%
  6. US Treasury Bond 3.625%:    4.17%
  7. US Treasury Note 3%:            4.03%
  8. US Treasury Note 2%:            3.87%
  9. US Treasury Note 1.125%:     3.84%
  10. US Treasury Note 1.625%:     3.73%

 

WIP (SPDR DB Global Government ex-US Inflation-Protected ETF) follows the DB Global Government ex-U.S. Inflation-Linked Bond Capped Index. Inflation protection exposure is to both developed and emerging market bonds. The ETF was launched in March 2008. It has a relatively high expense ratio of .50%. AUM equal of $1.35B and average daily trading volume is 180K shares. As of mid-September 2011 the annual dividend was $.99 making the current yield 1.67% and YTD 2.12%.

Data as of September 2011

WIP Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. United Kingdom 1.44962%:                            6.92%
  2. Government of France 2.56835%:                  5.23%
  3. Government of Japan 1.0857%:                     4.63%
  4. Government of France 1.07943%:                  4.19%
  5. United Kingdom  2.05188%:                           3.65%
  6. Republic of Turkey 9.86678%:                        3.17%
  7. Government of France 1.78968%:                  3.05%
  8. Federal Republic of Germany 1.64%:             3.04%
  9. United Mexican States 5%:                             2.82%
  10. Republic of Italy 2.79903%:                            2.78%

 

 

 

 

STPZ (PIMCO 1-5 Year U.S. Inflation-linked Treasury ETF) follows the BofA Merrill Lynch Inflation Linked Treasury Index. It's an unmanaged index consisting of U.S. issues with at least $1B in face value and duration as stated. The expense ratio is .20%. The fund was launched in August 2009. AUM equal $1.25B and average daily trading volume is 130K shares. As of mid-September 2011 the annual dividend was $.07 making the current yield .37% and YTD return of 1.97%.

Data as of September 2011

STPZ Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. US Treasury Note 3%:            12.02%
  2. US Treasury Note 2%:            10.86%
  3. US Treasury Note 1.875%:     10.33%
  4. US Treasury Note 2%:            9.70%
  5. US Treasury Note 1.625%:     9.46%
  6. US Treasury Note 0.5%:         8.92%
  7. US Treasury Note 1.875%:     8.43%
  8. US Treasury Note 2%:            8.29%
  9. US Treasury Note 2%:            7.80%
  10. US Treasury Note 1.25%:       6.76%

IPE (SPDR Barclays TIPS ETF) follows the Barclays Capital U.S. Government Inflation-linked Bond Index featuring Treasury inflation-linked bonds with maturities in excess of 1 year extending to over 20 years with an issue size in excess of $500M. The fund was launched in May 2007. The expense ratio is .18%. AUM equal now $500M and average daily trading volume is 66K shares. As of mid-September 2011 the annual dividend was $.07 making the current yield .76% and YTD return 7.66%.   

Data as of September 2011

IPE Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. US Treasury Bond 2.375%: 5.45%
  2. US Treasury Bond 3.875%: 5.24%
  3. US Treasury Note 1.25%: 5.00%
  4. US Treasury Bond 3.625%: 4.42%
  5. US Treasury Note 3%: 4.41%
  6. US Treasury Note 2%: 3.99%
  7. US Treasury Note 1.875%: 3.82%
  8. US Treasury Note 1.125%: 3.76%
  9. US Treasury Note 2.5%: 3.69%
  10. US Treasury Note 2%: 3.57%

 STIP (iShares Barclays Capital Treasury Inflation-Protected 0-5 Year ETF) follows the Barclays Capital U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) 0-5 Years Index (Series-L) and fills the gap as a short-term TIP product. The fund was launched in March 2010. The expense ratio is .20%. AUM equal $205M and average daily trading volume is $20K shares. As of mid-September 2011 the annual dividend was $.01 making the current yield .08% and YTD return 2.19%.  

Data as of September 2011

STIP Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. US Treasury Note 3%:            10.10%
  2. US Treasury Note 2%:            9.99%
  3. US Treasury Note 1.875%:     9.66%
  4. US Treasury Note 2%:            9.07%
  5. US Treasury Note 1.625%:     8.70%
  6. US Treasury Note 0.5%:         8.45%
  7. US Treasury Note 1.875%:     7.93%
  8. US Treasury Note 2%:            7.75%
  9. US Treasury Note 1.25%:       6.37%
  10. US Treasury Note 2%:            6.05%

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