Government Bonds ETFs


Most of these ETFs offer investors exposure to fixed income securities issued by government agencies. Bonds featured in these ETFs include U.S. Treasuries of varying maturities, floating rate Treasury bonds, and TIPS. In a low interest rate environment, government bonds will tend to perform generally well and will remain quite liquid from a buying and selling standpoint. While we are concerned about the outlook for interest rates to rise, there aren't many better category options currently for conservative investors who are in capital preservation mode and have little to no appetite for stock market volatility.

D

Category Grade

This category ranks #42 out of 65 ETF categories.

B
Buy

Avg. SMART Grade

The average cap-weighted SMART Grade for ETFs in this category is B (Buy).


Fund Symbol/Name Last Open High Low 52-Wk Hi 52-Wk Lo Day Chg YTD Chg 12-Mo Chg AUM Exp. Ratio SMART Grade
SHY
iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF
84.50 84.48 84.51 84.47 85.35 84.23 +0.01
(0.01%)
0.06% -0.35% 11.10B 0.15% A
Strong Buy
IEI
iShares 3-7 Year Treasury Bond ETF
122.90 122.82 122.93 122.81 127.80 121.46 +0.03
(0.02%)
0.32% -1.64% 6.35B 0.15% A
Strong Buy
SHV
iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF
110.31 110.29 110.31 110.29 110.46 110.23 +0.02
(0.02%)
0.01% -0.04% 4.86B 0.15% A
Strong Buy
SCHO
Schwab Short-Term U.S. Treasury ETF
50.44 50.45 50.45 50.42 50.99 50.28 -0.01
(-0.02%)
0.04% -0.44% 1.60B 0.06% A
Strong Buy
VGSH
Vanguard Short-Term Government ETF
60.77 60.74 60.77 60.74 61.44 60.57 0.00
(0.00%)
-0.25% -0.46% 1.39B 0.07% A
Strong Buy
VGIT
Vanguard Intermediate -Term Government Bond ETF
64.25 64.21 64.25 64.15 67.45 63.42 +0.02
(0.03%)
0.52% -2.31% 1.05B 0.07% A
Strong Buy
SCHR
Schwab Intermediate-Term U.S. Treasury ETF
53.58 53.54 53.58 53.52 56.23 52.89 -0.01
(-0.02%)
0.43% -2.09% 871.00M 0.06% A
Strong Buy
AGZ
iShares Agency Bond ETF
113.27 113.18 113.27 112.93 117.44 110.31 +0.19
(0.17%)
0.58% -1.45% 632.52M 0.20% A
Strong Buy
ITE
SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Intermediate Term Treasury ETF
59.79 59.76 59.80 59.75 61.96 59.24 -0.05
(-0.08%)
0.22% -1.52% 490.45M 0.10% A
Strong Buy
FTSD
Franklin Liberty Short Duration U.S. Government ETF
97.17 97.14 97.17 97.14 102.85 96.72 0.00
(0.00%)
-0.11% -0.88% 172.65M 0.30% A
Strong Buy
SST
SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Short Term Treasury ETF
30.10 30.10 30.10 30.10 31.39 29.82 +0.02
(0.07%)
0.17% -0.86% 153.51M 0.10% A
Strong Buy
TFLO
iShares Treasury Floating Rate Bond ETF
50.16 50.18 50.18 50.16 50.30 48.97 -0.01
(-0.02%)
0.02% -0.20% 20.06M 0.15% A
Strong Buy
STPP
Barclays PLC - iPath US Treasury Steepener ETN
34.53 34.58 34.58 34.53 36.00 29.92 -0.20
(-0.58%)
-0.20% 6.77% 3.37M 0.75% A
Strong Buy
IEF
iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF
105.52 105.39 105.54 105.35 113.91 103.43 +0.10
(0.09%)
0.67% -3.36% 7.38B 0.15% B
Buy
GOVT
iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF
25.03 25.01 25.04 25.00 26.45 24.72 0.00
(0.00%)
0.40% -2.37% 3.58B 0.15% B
Buy
GNMA
iShares GNMA Bond ETF
49.58 49.61 49.61 49.51 51.33 48.97 +0.02
(0.04%)
-0.20% -1.75% 169.25M 0.15% B
Buy
TUZ
PIMCO 1-3 Year US Treasury Index Exchage-Traded Fund
50.68 50.68 50.71 50.68 52.58 50.19 -0.01
(-0.02%)
0.04% -0.70% 131.92M 0.15% B
Buy
TLT
iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF
120.79 120.53 120.87 120.40 143.62 116.49 +0.34
(0.28%)
1.39% -6.75% 6.49B 0.15% C
Neutral
TLH
iShares 10-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF
134.31 134.10 134.31 134.10 148.75 131.10 +0.22
(0.16%)
1.04% -4.00% 536.96M 0.15% C
Neutral
TLO
SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Long Term Treasury ETF
69.83 69.64 69.83 69.58 82.40 67.44 +0.18
(0.26%)
1.36% -6.57% 453.70M 0.10% C
Neutral
VGLT
Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond ETF
74.56 74.42 74.62 74.33 87.92 72.09 +0.16
(0.22%)
1.18% -6.51% 451.83M 0.07% C
Neutral
EDV
Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF
111.40 111.00 111.46 110.90 145.60 106.00 +0.54
(0.49%)
1.81% -11.46% 425.12M 0.70% C
Neutral
PLW
PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury Portfolio
32.12 32.11 32.12 32.11 35.81 31.40 0.00
(0.00%)
0.75% -4.18% 189.57M 0.25% C
Neutral
ZROZ
PIMCO 25 Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury Index Exchange-Traded Fund
111.01 110.63 111.01 110.63 143.05 105.32 +0.30
(0.27%)
2.19% -9.26% 146.43M 0.15% C
Neutral
IGVT
Deutsche X-trackers Barclays International Treasury Bond Hedged ETF
48.42 48.42 48.42 48.42 50.01 48.42 0.00
(0.00%)
-0.66% -3.18% 4.86M 0.25% NR
Not Rated
DFVL
Barclays PLC - iPath US Treasury 5 Year Bull ETN
64.30 64.31 64.31 64.30 74.46 62.60 +0.58
(0.91%)
-1.44% -5.64% 4.63M 0.75% NR
Not Rated
USFR
WisdomTree Bloomberg Floating Rate Treasury Fund
24.95 24.95 24.95 24.95 25.02 24.70 0.00
(0.00%)
-0.20% 0.36% 1.25M 0.15% NR
Not Rated

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