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The Best Bond ETFs For Your Portfolio

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Financial Pros’ Top Bond ETF Searches in the Last Month

Rank Ticker Name Searches
#1 TLT iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF 25
#2 TIP iShares TIPS Bond ETF 9
#3 JNK SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF 7
#4 FBND Fidelity Total Bond ETF 2
#5 BIL SPDR Barclays 1-3 Month T-Bill ETF 1
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Financial Pros Top 5 Bond ETFs

Bonds are back, baby!

With 1-year yields over 5%, investors are perfectly happy stashing their cash in ‘risk-free’ Treasuries.

With the Fed poised to cut rates next year, the principal value of these holdings could skyrocket.

Since most folks aren’t interested in holding individual bonds, ETFs are a natural fit.

With dozens to choose from, we looked to our TrackStar data to come up with the top searches by financial pros.

At the head of the pack was iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT).

It’s one of the most popular and liquid bond ETFs out there.

But before you add it to your portfolio, here’s what you need to know.

Key Facts About TLT

  • Net assets: $47.3 billion
  • 12-month trailing yield: 3.82%
  • Inception: July 22, 2002
  • Expense ratio: 0.15%
  • Number of holdings: 45

Bonds are debt instruments issued by companies and governments. 

U.S. government Treasuries are considered ‘risk-free’ since we’ve never defaulted on our debt, and if we did…well, you’d have bigger problems to worry about.

Bond prices and yields are inversely correlated. So, as the price of bonds increases, yields decrease.

Hence, lower rates from the Fed mean higher bond prices.

Generally, the longer a bond has until maturity, the higher the interest rate. However, that’s not always the case as treasuries with <1 Year maturity yield over 5.0% while 30-year Treasuries yield around 4.5%.

Additionally, prices for longer-dated bonds are often more volatile than shorter-dated ones.                                                                                                                                               

The TLT is an ETF comprised of U.S. Treasury Bonds with 20 years or more left until maturity.


Source: iShares


Bonds took a hit as the Fed began to raise interest rates. Until then, they had performed extremely well on a risk adjusted basis.


Source: iShares

However, the low-rate environment meant bonds paid very little.

Today, the higher yields have attracted retirees and conservative investors looking for regular income.


As we mentioned earlier, you can own bonds across different maturities and from different entities. 

Below is a list of several high-quality ETFs:

  • iShares TIPS Bond ETF (TIP): The Treasury Inflation Protected (TIP) ETF investes in TIPs government bonds twho’s principle adjusts with inflation based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
  • SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK): High-yield junk bonds are debt instruments from companies with lousy credit and a questionable future. This means it pays a higher yield to compensate investors for the higher default risk.
  • Fidelity Total Bond ETF (FBND): Fidelity’s total bond ETF invests in thousands of bonds from the U.S. government’s emerging market countries and companies, hence the ‘total’ in the name.
  • SPDR Barclays 1-3 Month T-Bill ETF (BIL): As the name suggests, the BIL invests in 1-3 month treasuries. This doesn’t produce much yield under normal circumstances but is a great alternative to cash given its high liquidity and low volatility.


Our Opinion 10/10 

We believe the outlook for long-term bonds is better than short-term based on expectations for a Fed rate cut.

However, that makes this ETF more of a stock-like investment than one for yield.

If you want high yield, money-market funds are great, paying close to 5%.

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