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.

C

Category Grade

This category ranks #38 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
SHV
iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF
110.39 110.39 110.39 110.37 110.41 110.18 +0.03
(0.03%)
0.14% 0.08% 14.08B 0.15% A
Strong Buy
SHY
iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF
83.36 83.35 83.38 83.35 84.72 83.09 +0.07
(0.08%)
-0.58% -1.45% 13.87B 0.15% A
Strong Buy
SCHO
Schwab Short-Term U.S. Treasury ETF
49.70 49.70 49.73 49.70 50.57 49.55 +0.01
(0.02%)
-0.66% -1.56% 2.72B 0.06% A
Strong Buy
SCHR
Schwab Intermediate-Term U.S. Treasury ETF
52.14 52.06 52.19 52.06 54.67 51.57 +0.18
(0.35%)
-2.21% -3.61% 1.40B 0.06% A
Strong Buy
TFLO
iShares Treasury Floating Rate Bond ETF
50.31 50.27 50.31 50.27 50.85 50.00 +0.01
(0.02%)
0.18% 0.20% 165.89M 0.15% A
Strong Buy
FTSD
Franklin Liberty Short Duration U.S. Government ETF
95.18 95.30 95.68 95.11 98.75 93.46 +0.02
(0.02%)
-0.58% -1.83% 161.87M 0.30% A
Strong Buy
USFR
WisdomTree Bloomberg Floating Rate Treasury Fund
25.09 25.09 25.10 25.09 27.90 24.96 0.00
(0.00%)
0.36% 0.20% 100.83M 0.15% A
Strong Buy
TUZ
PIMCO 1-3 Year US Treasury Index Exchage-Traded Fund
49.99 49.98 49.99 49.97 50.80 49.84 +0.03
(0.06%)
-0.60% -1.45% 87.53M 0.15% A
Strong Buy
IGVT
Deutsche X-trackers Barclays International Treasury Bond Hedged ETF
48.98 48.98 48.98 48.98 50.12 48.32 +0.04
(0.08%)
0.29% 0.01% 4.89M 0.25% A
Strong Buy
IEF
iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF
101.90 101.81 101.91 101.76 108.81 100.33 +0.40
(0.39%)
-3.48% -4.70% 8.40B 0.15% B
Buy
IEI
iShares 3-7 Year Treasury Bond ETF
119.78 119.67 119.78 119.67 124.98 118.68 +0.33
(0.28%)
-1.95% -3.34% 7.20B 0.15% B
Buy
TLT
iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF
119.62 119.56 119.84 119.46 129.57 116.09 +0.74
(0.62%)
-5.71% -2.96% 6.82B 0.15% B
Buy
GOVT
iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF
24.53 24.49 24.53 24.49 25.60 24.26 +0.10
(0.41%)
-2.19% -2.85% 5.60B 0.15% B
Buy
VGSH
Vanguard Short-Term Government ETF
59.92 59.91 59.93 59.89 60.93 59.70 +0.04
(0.07%)
-0.59% -1.50% 2.43B 0.07% B
Buy
VGIT
Vanguard Intermediate -Term Government Bond ETF
62.47 62.42 62.48 62.41 65.53 61.81 +0.21
(0.34%)
-2.30% -3.62% 1.78B 0.07% B
Buy
SPTL
SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Long Term Treasury ETF
34.46 34.40 34.48 34.38 37.32 33.45 +0.25
(0.73%)
-5.82% -3.15% 864.75M 0.06% B
Buy
VGLT
Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond ETF
73.55 73.51 73.65 73.45 79.71 71.47 +0.44
(0.60%)
-5.71% -3.31% 699.12M 0.07% B
Buy
ITE
SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Intermediate Term Treasury ETF
58.54 58.49 58.54 58.47 60.59 57.94 +0.18
(0.31%)
-1.46% -2.71% 665.08M 0.10% B
Buy
TLH
iShares 10-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF
130.10 129.96 130.21 129.89 140.10 127.49 +0.64
(0.49%)
-4.35% -4.58% 569.05M 0.15% B
Buy
EDV
Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF
112.15 112.06 112.37 111.91 123.85 107.64 +1.12
(1.01%)
-7.31% -2.39% 553.30M 0.70% B
Buy
AGZ
iShares Agency Bond ETF
111.19 111.16 111.31 111.13 114.58 110.49 +0.23
(0.21%)
-1.68% -2.22% 416.14M 0.20% B
Buy
SPTS
SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Short Term Treasury ETF
29.56 29.54 29.57 29.54 31.78 29.37 +0.03
(0.10%)
-1.05% -2.12% 327.78M 0.10% B
Buy
ZROZ
PIMCO 25 Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury Index Exchange-Traded Fund
111.84 112.00 112.21 111.49 124.10 106.57 +1.07
(0.97%)
-7.89% -1.46% 168.46M 0.15% B
Buy
PLW
PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury Portfolio
31.41 31.43 31.43 31.33 33.52 30.78 +0.23
(0.74%)
-4.21% -3.41% 149.86M 0.25% B
Buy
GNMA
iShares GNMA Bond ETF
48.36 48.12 48.37 48.12 50.15 47.84 +0.12
(0.25%)
-2.26% -3.42% 105.78M 0.15% B
Buy
DFVL
Barclays PLC - iPath US Treasury 5 Year Bull ETN
62.17 62.17 62.17 62.17 68.83 61.02 +0.20
(0.32%)
-4.71% -3.31% 4.55M 0.75% NR
Not Rated
STPP
Barclays PLC - iPath US Treasury Steepener ETN
31.75 32.00 32.20 31.42 35.49 29.08 -0.20
(-0.63%)
3.25% -4.51% 4.22M 0.75% NR
Not Rated

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