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Top 10 Total Bond ETFs

Stocks in this article: BSV BIV BND AGG GVI

#1: Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF (BSV)

 

BSV follows the Barclays Capital U.S. 1-5 Year Government/Credit Bond Index which includes all medium and larger issues of U.S. government, investment-grade corporate, and investment-grade international dollar-denominated bonds that have maturities of between 1 and 5 years and are publicly issued. The fund was launched in April 2007. The expense ratio is .14%.

AUM (Assets under Management) equal $7.5 billion and average daily trading volume is 657K shares. As of late January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 1.89% and YTD return was .32%. The one year return was 2.54%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

BSV Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. US Treasury Note 0.375%: 2.01%
  2. US Treasury Note 2.5%: 1.81%
  3. US Treasury Note 2.625%: 1.77%
  4. US Treasury Note 0.625%: 1.71%
  5. US Treasury Note 1.75%: 1.66%
  6. US Treasury Note 2.375%: 1.62%
  7. US Treasury Note 2.625%: 1.59%
  8. US Treasury Note 1%: 1.59%
  9. US Treasury Note 1.375%: 1.56%
  10. US Treasury Note 0.5%: 1.48%

 

 

#2: Vanguard Intermediate Term Bond ETF (BIV)

BIV follows the Barclays Capital U.S. 5-10 Year Government/Credit Bond Index which includes all medium and larger issues of U.S. government, investment-grade corporate, and investment-grade international dollar-denominated bonds that have maturities between 5 and 10 years and are publicly issued. The fund was launched in April 2007. The expense ratio is .11%.

AUM equal $2.8 billion and average daily trading volume is 223K shares. As of late January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 3.62% and YTD return was -.05%. The one year return was 9.32%. 

Data as of First Quarter 2012

BIV Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. US Treasury Note 3.625%: 3.49%
  2. US Treasury Note 3.625%: 3.46%
  3. US Treasury Note 3.125%: 3.38%
  4. US Treasury Note 3.5%: 3.25%
  5. US Treasury Note 3.375%: 3.21%
  6. US Treasury Note 2.125%: 3.20%
  7. US Treasury Note 3.75%: 2.63%
  8. US Treasury Note 3.125%: 2.10%
  9. US Treasury Note 3.625%: 2.08%
  10. US Treasury Note 4%: 2.07%

 

#3: Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND)

BND follows the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index. The fund was launched in March 2003. The expense ratio is .12% or nearly half that of AGG. Given the index, you'll not find much variation in holdings, durations or credit quality. The fund was launched in April 2007.

AUM equal $14.6 billion and average daily trading volume is 1.4M shares. As of late January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 3.17% and YTD return .20%. The one year return was 7.25%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

BND Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. CMT Market Liquidity Rate: 3.47%
  2. US Treasury Note 0.625%: 1.35%
  3. US Treasury Bond 6.25%: 1.02%
  4. US Treasury Note 1.375%: 0.82%
  5. US Treasury Note 1.875%: 0.77%
  6. US Treasury Note 1.375%: 0.77%
  7. US Treasury Note 1%: 0.75%
  8. Gnma Ii 30yr Tba Oct: 0.72%
  9. US Treasury Bond 4.5%: 0.64%
  10. US Treasury Note 0.375%: 0.61%

 

#4: iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund ETF (AGG)

AGG follows the Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index which consists of a mix of U.S. Government, mortgage-backed, investment grade corporate and even some municipal bond securities. The credit quality is all above BBB with 75% being AAA, while the maturity range is roughly 60% below 10 years with the balance 20 years or longer. The fund was launched September 2003. The expense ratio is .20%. 

AUM (Assets under Management) equal $14 billion and average daily trading volume is over 1M shares. As of late January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 3.17% and YTD return was .20%. The one year return was 7.70%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

AGG Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. US Treasury Note 4.75%: 3.46%
  2. US Treasury Bond 7.5%: 2.59%
  3. US Treasury Note 3.625%: 2.39%
  4. US Treasury Note 3.125%: 2.28%
  5. US Treasury Bond 8.125%: 1.93%
  6. US Treasury Note 3.375%: 1.80%
  7. FHLMC 4.5%: 1.76%
  8. US Treasury Bond 7.625%: 1.54%
  9. US Treasury Bond 4.625%: 1.54%
  10. US Treasury Note 2.375%: 1.22%

 

#5: iShares Barclays Intermediate Bond ETF (GVI)

GVI follows the Barclays Capital U.S. Intermediate Government/Credit Bond Index which measures the performance of U.S. Dollar denominated U.S. Treasuries, government-related and investment grade U.S. corporate securities that have a remaining maturity of greater than one year and less than ten years. The fund was launched in January 2007. The expense ratio is .20%.

AUM equal$700 million and average daily trading volume is 41K shares. As of late January 2012 the annual dividend yield was 2.64% and YTD return was -.05%. The one year return was 5.99%.

Data as of First Quarter 2012

GVI Top Ten Holdings & Weightings

  1. US Treasury Note 4.75%: 8.50%
  2. US Treasury Note 4.875%: 7.14%
  3. US Treasury Note 3.375%: 4.06%
  4. US Treasury Note 0.625%: 2.90%
  5. US Treasury Note 3.625%: 1.90%
  6. FHLMC 4.5%: 1.80%
  7. US Treasury Note 1.25%: 1.76%
  8. US Treasury Note 1.875%: 1.67%
  9. US Treasury Note 1.75%: 1.64%
  10. US Treasury Note 3.625%: 1.57%

 

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