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  • keltus1952 keltus1952 Dec 6, 2012 10:33 AM Flag


    Help!! Was looking at the Yahoo Finance distribution history. Does this pay monthly, or did it switch to another schedule?
    Just looking at SCHP, VTIP, STPZ, and others. Wonder what the VTIP yield will be when first payout is made.

    Are these ETFs a reasonable substitute for a money market fund do y'all think?

    Thanks for the help............Kel

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    • TIP pays monthly, except they skipped several months lately because of the low "official" inflation data. Do a Google search on "ishares TIP distributions" and you will find the web site showing distributions.
      As to whether ETFs are a reasonable substitute for MM funds: That's debatable. The shorter term funds will be a closer substitute, since they should be less volatile than longer term funds like TIP. But any bond ETF is likely to be significantly more volatile than a MM fund over the long term -- but at least they are paying SOMETHING in dividends. I own VFIIX (a GNMA fund) as a sort of MM fund substitute, but even GNMAs can have bad years when interest rates are rising.
      These are just my opinions. I would be interested to know if others agree / disagree.

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