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 #45 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 Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury Bond Fund
84.46 84.42 84.50 84.42 85.35 84.23 +0.05
(0.06%)
0.01% -0.39% 10.92B 0.15% A
Strong Buy
IEI
iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury Bond Fund
122.61 122.41 122.65 122.35 127.80 121.46 +0.14
(0.11%)
0.08% -1.64% 5.87B 0.15% A
Strong Buy
SHV
iShares Barclays Short Treasury Bond Fund
110.37 110.38 110.38 110.35 110.46 110.26 0.00
(0.00%)
0.06% 0.05% 3.98B 0.15% A
Strong Buy
VGSH
Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF
60.74 60.71 60.78 60.70 61.44 60.58 +0.01
(0.02%)
-0.30% -0.48% 1.04B 0.10% A
Strong Buy
SCHR
Schwab Intermediate-Term U.S. Treasury ETF
53.42 53.35 53.44 53.30 56.23 52.89 +0.04
(0.07%)
0.13% -2.04% 790.47M 0.09% A
Strong Buy
AGZ
iShares Barclays Agency Bond Fund
112.69 112.61 112.81 112.48 117.44 110.31 +0.09
(0.08%)
0.06% -0.99% 607.77M 0.20% A
Strong Buy
ITE
SPDR Barclays Capital Intermediate Term Treasury ETF
59.69 59.59 59.72 59.57 62.12 59.24 +0.04
(0.07%)
0.05% -1.47% 513.08M 0.10% A
Strong Buy
FTSD
Franklin Short Duration US Government ETF
97.08 96.74 97.08 96.74 102.85 96.72 +0.28
(0.29%)
-0.21% -1.02% 170.04M 0.30% A
Strong Buy
SST
SPDR Barclays Capital Short Term Treasury
30.03 30.04 30.09 30.03 31.39 29.91 -0.02
(-0.07%)
-0.07% -0.99% 141.24M 0.10% A
Strong Buy
TUZ
PIMCO 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury Index Exchange-Traded Fund
50.69 50.70 50.71 50.68 52.58 50.53 +0.02
(0.04%)
0.06% -0.53% 96.37M 0.16% A
Strong Buy
TFLO
iShares Treasury Floating Rate Bond ETF
50.13 50.13 50.13 50.13 50.41 48.97 0.00
(0.00%)
-0.04% 0.12% 20.05M 0.15% A
Strong Buy
IEF
iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury Bond Fund
104.82 104.64 104.92 104.48 113.91 103.43 +0.05
(0.05%)
0.00% -3.28% 7.55B 0.15% B
Buy
GOVT
iShares Core U.S. Treasury Bond ETF
24.97 24.95 24.99 24.91 26.45 24.72 +0.01
(0.04%)
0.16% -2.08% 2.81B 0.15% B
Buy
SCHO
Schwab Short-Term U.S. Treasury ETF
50.44 50.44 50.45 50.41 50.99 50.29 +0.03
(0.06%)
0.04% -0.47% 1.41B 0.08% B
Buy
VGIT
Vanguard Intermediate-Term Government Bond Index Fund
63.98 63.93 64.10 63.89 67.45 63.42 +0.03
(0.05%)
0.09% -2.34% 952.92M 0.10% B
Buy
TLH
iShares Barclays 10-20 Year Treasury Bond Fund
133.26 133.21 133.29 132.78 148.75 131.10 -0.05
(-0.04%)
0.25% -3.64% 492.69M 0.15% B
Buy
TLO
SPDR Barclays Capital Long Term Treasury ETF
69.38 69.18 69.49 68.98 82.40 67.56 -0.10
(-0.14%)
0.71% -5.18% 338.84M 0.10% B
Buy
PLW
PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury Portfolio
31.96 31.87 32.00 31.83 35.81 31.44 +0.01
(0.03%)
0.25% -3.50% 186.97M 0.25% B
Buy
GNMA
iShares GNMA Bond ETF
49.65 49.59 49.66 49.43 51.33 49.30 +0.10
(0.20%)
-0.06% -1.86% 163.52M 0.15% B
Buy
STPP
iPath US Treasury Steepener ETN
35.00 34.82 35.63 34.73 36.00 29.92 +0.15
(0.43%)
1.16% 4.23% 3.25M 0.75% B
Buy
TLT
iShares Barclays 20 Year Treasury Bond Fund
119.94 119.84 120.31 119.29 143.62 116.80 -0.24
(-0.20%)
0.68% -5.32% 4.92B 0.15% C
Neutral
VGLT
Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond ETF
74.02 74.02 74.20 73.38 87.92 72.21 -0.15
(-0.20%)
0.45% -5.30% 464.54M 0.10% C
Neutral
EDV
Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF
110.73 110.76 111.15 109.95 145.60 106.00 -0.38
(-0.34%)
1.20% -9.24% 403.63M 0.10% C
Neutral
ZROZ
PIMCO 25 Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury Index Exchange-Traded Fund
109.80 109.86 110.20 109.01 143.05 105.61 -0.24
(-0.22%)
1.08% -7.71% 149.15M 0.16% C
Neutral
IGVT
Deutsche X-trackers Barclays International Treasury Bond Hedged ETF
48.76 48.76 48.76 48.76 50.01 48.74 0.00
(0.00%)
0.04% -2.50% 4.90M 0.25% NR
Not Rated
DFVL
iPath US Treasury 5-year Bull ETN
64.49 64.49 64.49 64.49 74.46 62.60 +0.62
(0.97%)
-1.15% -5.56% 4.49M 0.75% NR
Not Rated
USFR
WisdomTree Bloomberg Floating Rate Treasury Fund
24.94 24.94 24.94 24.94 25.02 24.70 0.00
(0.00%)
-0.24% 0.73% 1.25M 0.15% NR
Not Rated

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