|Bid||79.14 x 4000|
|Ask||79.20 x 39400|
|Day's Range||79.10 - 79.18|
|52 Week Range||75.74 - 79.18|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.43|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.07%|
A version of this article was published in the January 2019 issue of Morningstar ETFInvestor. Download a complimentary copy of Morningstar ETFInvestor by visiting the website. Sometimes investors lose sight as to why they're investing.
Most asset allocation calculators tout the benefits dedicating high percentages your portfolio to stocks for all but the most conservative investors. This is wonderful advice if you're comfortable with losing considerable capital during occasional down years. The S&P 500, including dividends, lost 4.23% in 2018 while in 2008 investors saw 36.55% of their U.S. stock portfolios vanish. Cash and short-term bond funds are ideal investment hedges for volatile markets. The fourth-quarter S&P 500 loss of 13.97% is a perfect example of why holding cash and short-term fixed income funds is the perfect salvo for a choppy market. The $57 billion December inflows into money market funds is a reminder not to overlook cash investments. * 5 Terrific Tech Stocks That Will Make You Forget About FANG A 100% allocation to an all-world stock fund such as the Vanguard Total World Stock ETF (NYSEARCA:VT) cost you -9.76% in 2018. Cushion that allocation with 65% invested in VT and 35% in fixed investment Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:BSV), and your 2018 loss declines to -5.88%. So, the 2018 BSV return of 1.34% cushioned the S&P 500's fall. InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips ### Fixed Investment Funds to Calm Stock Market Volatility With rising interest rates, there are several options for higher fixed income yields. These investment hedges will help you sleep at night and shield your investments from excess volatility. Vanguard's Prime Money Market Fund (MUTF:VMMXX) will preserve the $1.00 share price and as of January 16, 2019, offers a 2.46% SEC yield. Should interest rates rise, so will the returns on this fund. The liquidity makes a money market mutual fund ideal for investors and seeking a hedge for investment market volatility. Another alternative, Schwab's Value Advantage Money Fund Investor Shares (MUTF:SWVXX) offers a 7-day yield of 2.32%. Despite their lack of glamour, a short-term bank certificate of deposit can provide a decent hedge to the stock market. Limelight, Sallie Mae, and Life Oak Banks all offer one-year CD rates of 2.85%. Traveling slightly up the fixed investing risk ladder, you can eek out higher yields. In exchange for higher yields, the following funds might deviate slightly from the $1.00 share price. The previously mentioned Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:BSV) tracks the performance of the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. 1- to 5-year government/credit float adjusted index. This market-weighted bond index covers U.S. Government and investment-grade corporate bonds with maturities from one to five years. The average duration is 2.6 years with a yield to maturity of 2.8%. With a 0.07% expense ratio, this fund is a low-cost alternative to owning individual bonds. The iShares iBonds Dec 2020 Term Corp ETF (NYSEARCA:IBDL) tracks the Bloomberg Barclays December 2020 Maturity Corporate Index. The index invests 90% of its assets in corporate bonds with maturity dates between December 31, 2019 and December 16, 2020. The 2.36% yield is competitive, and the short-term maturity dates suggests a stable share price. The 0.10% expense ratio makes IBDL an attractive low-cost short-term bond fund. If you're willing to withstand additional price volatility, the Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond Index Inv (MUTF:VBIIX) offers a higher yield of 2.77%. This fund tracks Bloomberg's Barclays U.S. 5-10 Year Government Index and includes medium and larger issues of U.S. government and investment grade corporate bonds. With an average duration of 6.3 years, the share price will vary more than the prior fixed income choices. * 7 Stupidly Cheap Stocks to Buy Now The new Betterment Smart Saver option demonstrates the importance of a short-term fixed cash allocation. And, Schwab Intelligent Portfolio detractors, who complained about their cash allocation aren't saying too much right now. These past few months reminded investors that the stock market is risky and fixed investments can add comfort to the volatile equity market. As of this writing, the author held no positions in the aforementioned securities. ### More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Consumer Stocks to Buy for Income * 7 Dark Horse Stocks You Really Need to Look at for 2019 * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy for the Rise of Menswear Compare Brokers The post Risk-Averse Investment Hedges to Protect Yourself From Volatile Markets appeared first on InvestorPlace.
With the economy going strong, the Fed is estimated to raise rates at least once more in 2018 and an additional three times next year. At the same time, equity investors in high yielding sectors, such as utilities or real estate investment trusts, also feel the pinch. There’s a whole ecosystem of ETFs to buy that offer interest rate protection.
Amid increased volatility, fueled by global trade tensions, investors reduced risk in June, departing equity funds in favor of fixed income funds. Recent data from Morningstar indicate June 2018 was the ...
The US bond market continued to rebound as trade tensions and the limited appreciation in equity markets pushed demand for bonds higher, depressing the bond yields for a second consecutive week. Bond investors seem to be questioning the US Fed’s enthusiasm for higher rates as bond yields continued to retreat. There weren’t any major market-moving economic data releases last week, which could have led to the fall in bond yields.
The US bond market had a limited reaction to the Fed’s 25-basis-point rate hike and the 0.20% increase in interest paid on excess reserves. The spread between the US two-year and ten-year bonds narrowed to 36 basis points, which led to a further flattening of the yield curve in the previous week. The Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND), which tracks the performance of the bond markets, rose 0.06% for the week ended June 15 and closed at 78.92.
The US bond market seems to be benefiting from multiple crises around the world. First, there was the crisis in emerging markets, which could further escalate if the US dollar continues to appreciate, and then there are uncertainties about Italian debt, the G7 meeting, and the upcoming central bank meetings this week. The Vanguard Total Bond Market (BND) ETF, which tracks the performance of the bond markets, was down by 0.28% for the week ending June 8 and closed at 78.9.
The US bond market was volatile in May. The ten-year yield reached a peak of 3.1% and fell to a low of 2.8% in a span of three weeks. The wild swings in the bond markets were a result of multiple factors including the dovish FOMC statement, weaker-than-expected inflation report, and a rebound in trade and geopolitical tensions. Last week, bond markets’ limited reaction to the stellar jobs report was a surprise. Although a strong jobs report increases the odds of a rate hike, the developments surrounding trade wars and domestic political uncertainties kept bond yields under pressure.
The US bond market had some relief from its ongoing slide as the Fed’s May meeting minutes were less hawkish than expected. The Fed also wants to adjust the rate paid on excess reserves by 20 basis points on June 13, keeping the federal funds spread at 0.25%. Last week (ended May 25), the ten-year (IEF) yield closed at 2.9%, depreciating by 13 basis points.
US ten-year bond market yields have scaled a new seven-year peak at 3.07, their highest level since July 2011. This 100-basis-point move, which happened over the span of a little over eight months, has taken its toll on bond prices. Thanks to rising crude prices, increased chances of higher inflation have been fueling the recent rally in rates.
US bond market yields continue to trend higher, but their overall movement last week was limited. Despite this limited movement, a few takeaways from the week hint at how interesting the bond markets could get in the future. The market’s reaction can be interpreted as investors seeing that the Federal Reserve will stick to its tightening stance in the future and that a change in inflation expectations will drive bond yields.
US bond market yields cooled off after hitting a four-year high at the end of April. Bond yields fell after the April employment report was lower than expected. The unemployment rate dropped below 4% for the first time in 20 years, which was the highlight of the report.
The US bond markets were under pressure as the yield curve continued flattening until Wednesday last week. The yield spread between the two-year and ten-year reached a decade low of 41 basis points on Wednesday, but a rebound in commodity prices triggered higher inflation expectations and led to the sharp rally of US bond yields last week. The Vanguard Total Bond Market (BND) ETF, which tracks the performance of the bond markets, ended the previous week at 79.02, a fall of 0.77% for the week ending April 20.
US bond markets’ relief after a dovish FOMC statement was short lived as geopolitical tensions took center stage. US bond yields rose along the curve dominated by a sharp increase in yields at the short-end of the curve, which reignited fears of the yield curve flattening. The 2s10s spread has now reduced to 45 basis points and the 2s30s spread has been reduced to a fresh cycle low of 66 basis points.
The last FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) meeting was on March 20–21, 2018. At the meeting, the target range for the federal funds rate increased 0.25% to 1.50%–1.75%. The decision to increase the rate was made after Fed members assessed current economic conditions and the outlook for economic activity. The decision to increase the interest rates was unanimous.
Do We Have the Tools to Combat a Recession? In his keynote delivered at the tenth conference organized by the International Research Forum on Monetary Policy in March, Boston Federal Reserve president Eric Rosengren highlighted US policy tools’ deficiency in combating another recession. Speaking about the monetary policy tools, he said that the current level of US short-term interest rates (SHY) leaves little room for them to be lowered during an economic slowdown.
The US bond markets moved marginally higher in the previous week as investors’ worry about rising bond yields fell after the February inflation print showed stable growth. The Vanguard Total Bond Market (BND) ETF, which tracks the performance of the bond markets, ended the previous week at 79.5, appreciating by 0.26% for the week ending March 16.