AGG - iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF

NYSEArca - NYSEArca Delayed Price. Currency in USD
-0.03 (-0.03%)
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Previous Close112.75
Bid112.10 x 4000
Ask113.46 x 4000
Day's Range0.00 - 0.00
52 Week Range
Avg. Volume3,950,112
Net Assets66.03B
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
YTD Daily Total Return8.18%
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.00
Expense Ratio (net)0.05%
Inception Date2003-09-22
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  • ETF Trends

    Why Bonds Are Still An Essential Component in a Portfolio

    Rate cuts in 2019 may have tamped down any sizeable gains in the fixed income exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but bonds in general are still an essential component in an investor's portfolio. In an interview with Morningstar's director of personal finance, Christine Benz, she discusses why fixed income is necessary.

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    ETFs Help Add Liquidity to a Generally Illiquid Bond Market

    A myth of exchange-traded funds is that the constant buying and selling could result in inflated stock prices that don’t reflect the true valuation of a particular company. While this is an ongoing debate in the equities market, others view that in the bond market, ETFs are actually a purveyor of liquidity where constant buying and selling is a good thing.

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    Use Bonds as a Safety Mechanism Rather Than a Profit Generator

    As positive news from a U.S.-China trade deal is lifting stocks up, it’s been bringing bonds down as yields rise in reaction to the strength in the major U.S. indexes. As volatility flooded the equities market, investors fled to the safety of bonds, causing yields to fall sharply—in most cases below 2%, unless investors wanted more duration risk via long-term bonds. “With interest rates already low, further big gains are improbable,” wrote Carla Fried in the New York Times.

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    ETFs Help Add Liquidity to an Otherwise Illiquid Bond Market

    While this is an ongoing debate in the equities market, others view that in the bond market, ETFs are actually a purveyor of liquidity where constant buying and selling is a good thing. With everyone buying bonds, ETFs can help infuse liquidity. “ETFs--particularly those investing in high-yield bonds and bank loans--have been singled out as an area of specific alarm, given their unique structure and perceived superior liquidity,” said Ben Johnson in a Morningstar article.

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    Opt for Quality Debt in the Fixed Income ETF Market

    October brings playoff baseball into sports, but for the capital markets, volatility could bring curve balls to investors. As such, when playing in the fixed income exchange-traded fund (ETF) market, it’s ...

  • Is it the Right Time to Buy Bond ETFs? Let's Explore

    Is it the Right Time to Buy Bond ETFs? Let's Explore

    We discuss whether it will be prudent to buy bond ETFs given the edgy global political scenario.

  • Benzinga

    Report: The 16 Most Shorted ETFs

    ETF short interest can shed light for traders on areas of the market where investors see potential weakness. S3 Partners analyst Ihor Dusaniwsky released his latest list of ETFs with the most short interest ...

  • Active Investors Say This Giant Market Is Still Easy To Beat
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    Active Investors Say This Giant Market Is Still Easy To Beat

    Active fund managers claim there's at least one place they can whip benchmarks: Bonds. Investors are voting with their money looking for the best bond fund.

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    The Fixed Income ETF Market Could Hit $2 Trillion in 5 Years

    The fixed income ETF market has already ballooned to a $1 trillion space, but that figure could double within the next five years. Thanks to market volatility from the investors’ wall of worry, such as trade wars and inverted yield curves, the bond market is benefitting from the current risk-off sentiment. It’s natural,” said Armando Senra, head of U.S., Canada, and Latin America iShares at BlackRock Monday on CNBC’s “ETF Edge.” “You have a lot of market volatility.

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    Taking On More Risk for Yield Isn’t Necessarily the Best Move

    Higher bond prices are conversely pushing down yields to fresh lows for Treasury notes, causing investors to seek yield in higher, riskier debt issues. As global growth fears persist, bonds will likely continue to be the default safe haven as they have been for years when market downturns have taken place. Per a Fortune report, “Global interest rates, already low for most of the decade since the Great Recession, are falling again, making it harder for pension funds and small investors to harvest the slow-and-steady interest income that makes bonds the foundation of many retirement funds.

  • Benzinga

    Franklin Templeton's LibertyShares Launches Active Core Bond ETF

    The new Franklin Liberty U.S. Core Bond ETF can be used as an alternative to traditional, passively managed aggregate bond strategies, as the new LibertyShares fund is actively managed and seeks low tracking error relative to the widely followed Bloomberg Barclays Aggregate Bond Index. “Franklin Templeton’s fixed income and quantitative research teams review issuers and assess risks from multiple perspectives, which results in a truly holistic viewpoint on each potential investment,” according to a statement from the issuer.

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    AGG ETF: Under the Hood of the Biggest Bond ETF

    With over $65 billion in total assets accumulated since its inception in 2003, the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: AGG) is the big fish in an even bigger sea of bond exchange-traded funds ...

  • 7 Low-Overhead ETFs for Your 401(k)

    7 Low-Overhead ETFs for Your 401(k)

    These seven ETFs with low expense ratios and good track records could make excellent long-term additions to your 401(k).

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    Treasury Secretary: 50-Year Bond A Serious Contender

    As more investors pile into safe-haven government debt as a default risk-off maneuver, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says a 50-year bond offering is under serious consideration. It’s something the Treasury department has been mulling for some time, but Mnuchin confirmed the idea could actually come into fruition.

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    Treasury Secretary: 50-Year Bond Under Serious Consideration

    As more investors pile into safe haven government debt as a default risk-off maneuver, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says a 50-year bond offering is under serious consideration. It’s something the Treasury department has been mulling for some time, but Mnuchin confirmed the idea could actually come into fruition.

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    Finding Value in Investment-Grade Bond ETFs

    A lot of market mavens are trumpeting the benefits of shifting into value and away from growth in the current market environment, but how can that translate into the fixed income space? One area is investment-grade ...

  • 3 High-Yielding Closed-Ended Funds to Boost Your Income

    3 High-Yielding Closed-Ended Funds to Boost Your Income

    That was fun while it lasted. With the Federal Reserve cutting interest rates and investors rushing into bonds for safety, yields have dropped like a stone. Many traditional income products -- such as CDs, money market funds and bond ETFs like the iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond Fund (NYSEArca:AGG) -- just aren't cutting it once again. Welcome back to the "new normal." For investors seeking income, this is a big deal.But isn't have to be. Luckily, there are ways to boost your income even during this period of falling interest rates and yields.That comes from a hefty dose of close-ended funds (CEFs).InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsClosed-ended funds are an often-ignored fund type, but they do offer plenty of benefits for those investors seeking dividend funds. Like ETFs, CEFs trade throughout the day on exchanges. However, closed-end funds issue a set number of shares when launched. This allows them to trade at discounts to their actual values. This plus the ability to use some leverage allows them to boost yields. For investors looking for high-income, CEFs offer some of the best potential among dividend funds. * 10 Stocks to Sell in Market-Cursed September With that, here are three closed-ended funds that you should put on your list. Nuveen Tax-Advantaged Dividend Growth Fund (JTD)Source: Shutterstock Distribution Yield: 7.31%Discount To Net Asset Value (NAV): 1.98%With yields on bonds and cash now dropping again, stocks can pick up the slack. Dividends remain a great way to scoop up some extra yield. So, when combining the power of stock dividends with the advantages of closed-ended funds, investors can really win. A top choice could be the Nuveen Tax-Advantaged Dividend Growth Fund (NYSE:JTD).JTD seeks to provide a high yield and some capital appreciation by investing in a basket of mid- and large-cap stocks. The kicker is that the closed-ended fund looks to mitigate the effects of federal taxes. It accomplishes this goal in two-stages. One, JTD will hold those stocks that pay so-called qualified dividends. That is dividends that are taxed at just a 15% rate. Top holdings include JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). Secondly, the CEF's management tends to hold onto those stocks for a while to defer/reduce capital gains. The result is a more tax-efficient dividend fund that can be held in a regular brokerage account.And when you add in some leverage, JTD pays a juicy 7.31% yield. Perhaps the best part is the fund can currently be had for a 1.68% discount to its real worth when looking at its NAV.As for returns, the short run has been a bit bumpy for JTD. But over the longer haul, the combination of dividend income and capital gains has helped the CEF score a 13.84% average annual return over the last decade. BlackRock MuniYield Quality (MQY)Source: Shutterstock Distribution Yield: 4.24%Discount To NAV: 8.65%If there is one area where closed-ended funds are vastly superior to ETFs and active mutual funds, it has to be municipal bonds. Municipal bonds can be a haven for tax-sensitive and high-earning investors. Free from federal -- and in some cases, state & local -- taxes, munis are a great way to boost your income without having to pay Uncle Sam. Thanks to the ability of a CEF to use leverage, those tax-free distributions are even greater.For example, the BlackRock MuniYield Quality (NYSE:MQY) is currently yielding 4.54%. The key is that yield is tax-free for most investors. For someone in the highest tax bracket, you'd need to have a yield of 7.18% to get the same amount of income.What's particularly impressive about MQY and that yield is the kind of muni bonds it holds. Just like we all have different credit scores, various states and local governments' finances are different as well. This leads to variety of different credit ratings. MQY invests only in those muni bonds that are in the three highest quality rating categories. A or better. Currently, top muni bonds like this are paying about half that yield. It's the use of leverage that boosts the income potential.Even better is that investors can now buy that top-quality muni portfolio for nearly 9% discount to MQY's underlying value. * Take Buffett's Advice: 5 Vanguard Funds to Buy So, for investors looking for a high-tax-free yield, MQY as well as its same strategy sister CEFs -- the MuniYield Quality Fund III (NYSE:MYI) and MuniYield Quality Fund II (NYSE:MQT) - -make ideal choices. MFS Multi-Market Income Trust (MMT)Source: Shutterstock Distribution Yield: 8.73%Discount To NAV: 9.18%With the flight to quality bonds and Fed dropping rates, flexibility is key within the fixed income sectors. It takes a deft hand to get a bit more yield from bonds. And that is why the MFS Multi-Market Income Trust (NYSE:MMT) could be a great closed-ended fund to own.MMT is considered a "go anywhere" bond fund. The fund's management has discretion on what to buy and when, providing the CEF the ability to shift around its portfolio as needed. As a result, its portfolio is invested in a wide range of different bonds varieties -- from high-yield and emerging-market debt to investment-grade corporate debt and treasury bonds. Given the current rocky environment, that has MMT loading up on safe treasury bonds and high-grade corporates.But there is enough "spice" to provide it with a higher yield than just a bread-n-butter intermediate bond fund. Currently, that yield is a high 8.73%. As with the other closed-ended funds on this list, leverage does much of the work.With a long operating history- dating back to the 1980s- and big 9% discount to its NAV, MMT may just be what your portfolio needs to boost its fixed income sleeve. the ability to shift around will suit investors during good times and in bad.Disclosure: At the time of writing, Aaron Levitt did not hold a position in any stock mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Stocks to Sell in Market-Cursed September * 7 of the Worst IPO Stocks in 2019 * 7 Best Stocks That Crushed It This Earnings Season The post 3 High-Yielding Closed-Ended Funds to Boost Your Income appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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    Alan Greenspan: Negative Yields “Only a Matter of Time”

    It’s only a matter of time before it’s more in the United States,” Greenspan said on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street ” on Wednesday, adding investors should watch the 30-year Treasury yield, which hit an all-time low last week. “We’re so used to the idea that we don’t have negative interest rates, but if you get a significant change in the attitude of the population, they look for coupon,” Greenspan said. While bonds have been the default safe haven amid the recent volatility in the equities market, it can be daunting to look at all the options, such as government debt and corporate bonds.

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    Consider Risk When Building a Proper Bond Portfolio

    While bonds have been the default safe haven amid the recent volatility in the equities market, it can be daunting to look at all the options, such as government debt and corporate bonds. One way to go about building a proper bond portfolio is to consider the risks first and foremost. When it comes to investing in bonds, there are typically two camps, according to MarketWatch's Jared Dillian.

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    U.S. Officials Contemplating Ultra-Long Treasury Bonds

    The concept of buy and hold could reach extreme levels in the government debt market as U.S. officials are contemplating the issuance of ultra-long Treasury bonds that could span 50 to 100 years. Per a report in Barron's, "U.S. officials have revived a conversation about issuing ultra-long Treasury bonds, which would mature in 50 to 100 years, now that long-term borrowing costs have fallen to record lows.

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    Bonds Have Received $155B Over Last Three Months

    The U.S.-China trade war essentially poured a vat of honey all over the bond market and now investors are flocking to them like hungry bees. In fact, they've poured a record $155 billion into safe-haven bonds over the past three months, according to data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. A number of flows has been directed towards risk-off government bonds, which attracted $7.1 billion in last week alone, which represents the fourth-biggest ever inflow as market volatility from trade war news racked the markets.


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    10-Year, 2-Year Yield Curve Under Watchful Eye

    The capital markets are definitely keeping a watchful eye on the 2-year and 10-year yield curve, which briefly inverted during Wednesday’s market session. An inverted yield curve is of particular interest as a tried-and-true recession indicator. “The US equity market is on borrowed time after the yield curve inverts.

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    A Recession Signal is Flashing in Current Yield Curve

    Market volatility is opening the pathway for investors to flock to safe haven government debt, which is causing yields to fall. As such, a yield curve inversion—a typical sign ahead of a recession—is forming with respect to the 2- and 10-year Treasury yields. This should cause the rate-sensitive 2-year note yield to fall as well, but that hasn’t been the case even with the change in the central bank’s interest rate policy.

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    Get Core Bond Exposure with Largest Provider of Fixed Income ETFs

    Rate cuts and trade wars have been giving investors more than the necessary dosage of volatility as of late, but it opens up opportunities for fixed income exchange-traded fund (ETFs). For investors looking for that safe-haven bond exposure, it might be best to start with the largest provider of fixed income ETFs. "While the growing adoption by wealth management and institutional investors is a boon for most asset managers, certain firms are favorably positioned relative to others.