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  • lo_octane lo_octane Oct 18, 2012 9:49 AM Flag

    New Vanguard short-term TIPS ETF

    Another note: The Pimco 1-5 year TIPs ETF (STPZ) has an expense ratio of 0.2%, so it looks like the Vanguard ETF would give you a little advantage in costs.

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    • Thanks for the heads-up. I've asked the fellow who runs the TIPSWATCH site if he cares to comment--on the V products. I'd link, but you know how it is, since we are new and improved.

      I noticed even after a few days VTIP closed selling at a premium to its NAV. Suprise, suprise :).

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      • "Vanguard notes the fund is designed for low-risk investors, but still carries risks:

        Income fluctuations. The Fund’s quarterly income distributions are likely to fluctuate considerably more than the income distributions of a typical bond fund. Income fluctuations associated with changes in interest rates are expected to be low; however, income fluctuations associated with changes in inflation are expected to be high. Overall, investors can expect income fluctuations to be high for the Fund.

        Interest rate risk, which is the chance that the value of a bond will fluctuate due to a change in the level of interest rates. Although inflation-indexed bonds seek to provide inflation protection, their prices may decline when interest rates rise and vice versa. Because the Fund’s dollar-weighted average maturity is expected to be 5 years or less, interest rate risk is expected to be low for the Fund."

        Above is some info from Vanguard about the VTIP fund--TIPSWATCH had a post dedicated to it back in July, but the blogger sez he needs to do an update now that the funds are live.

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