|Bid||80.51 x 2200|
|Ask||80.52 x 3000|
|Day's Range||80.51 - 80.64|
|52 Week Range||77.48 - 81.31|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.41|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.07%|
As some grow wary of risks in the equity market, investors are shifting their attention to corporate bonds and related exchange traded funds. According to Lipper data, investors yanked $46.2 billion from ...
Investors looking for wide-ranging exposure to investment-grade corporate bonds of varying maturities on a cost-effective basis will find a lot to like with the Vanguard Total Corporate Bond ETF (NasdaqGM: ...
While the rest of the world is seeing yields dip into negative territory, U.S. corporate bond exchange traded funds could find support from foreign investors seeking more attractive yields in the U.S. ...
Last year was another banner year for Vanguard, the second-largest U.S. issuer of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). As of Dec. 27, Vanguard ETFs listed in the U.S. had $841.70 billion in assets under management, trailing only BlackRock's iShares brand.When 2018 ended four Vanguard ETFs ranked among the year's top ten ETFs in terms of new assets added. Only iShares had more funds on that list, with five. One of the reasons Vanguard ETFs are so popular with advisors and investors is the issuer's reputation for having some of the lowest fees in the fund industry.While there are some examples of ETFs with lower expense ratios than competing Vanguard ETFs, Vanguard has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the low-cost leaders in the index fund and ETF industry.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Dark Horse Stocks Winning the Race in 2019 Here are some of the best Vanguard ETFs to consider in 2019: Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (VGK)Expense ratio: 0.09% per year, or $9 on a $10, 000 investment.European stocks suffered through a dismal 2018, as highlighted by the Vanguard FTSE Europe ETF (NYSEARCA:VGK) losing almost 18% for the year. VGK finished 2018 residing nearly 13% below its 200-day moving average, a technical indicator the fund has not closed above since the second quarter.VGK follows the FTSE Developed Europe All Cap Index and its geographic selection universe includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, according to Vanguard.In order for this Vanguard ETF to shine in 2019, European geopolitical volatility needs to ease and catalysts beyond valuation and "it cannot get much worse for European stocks" need to emerge. Vanguard Value ETF (VTV)Expense ratio: 0.04% per yearLast year was another challenging one for value stocks, but the fourth-quarter slide in growth and momentum has some market observers speculating that investors will favor more defensive value fare in 2019. The Vanguard Value ETF (NYSEARCA:VTV), one of the cheapest value funds on the market, lost nearly 8% last year and trailed the S&P 500.Like many value funds, this Vanguard ETF was hamstrung in 2018 by a large combined weight to the financial services and energy sectors. Those sectors, two of the worst-performing groups in the S&P 500 last year, combine for nearly 33% of VTV's weight. * 7 Dark Horse Stocks Winning the Race in 2019 As is the case with European stocks, much of the case for value stocks in 2019 revolves around investors saying enough is enough with the declines and earnestly rotating away from growth into value. Investors added $2.54 billion to VTV in the fourth quarter, indicating some are willing to bet on a value rebound in 2019. Vanguard High Dividend ETF (VYM)Expense ratio: 0.06% per yearThe combination of rising interest rates and weakness in the broader market hampered high dividend strategies, such as the Vanguard High Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:VYM), in 2018. This Vanguard ETF finished 2018 with a loss of nearly 9%. If investors flock to defensive sectors in 2019, something that started happening late last year, VYM could be one of the best Vanguard ETFs in the new year."A Reuters analysis of 2019 outlooks from 10 major financial institutions found eight, including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Barclays, with 'overweight' ratings on at least one defensive sector for 2019," reports Reuters. "That marks a big change from last year, when just two of those banks favored any defensive sectors."VYM, which yields 3%, allocates about 34% of its combined weight to the defensive consumer staples, healthcare and utilities sectors. Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO)Expense ratio: 0.12% per yearSomething investors heard plenty of in 2018: Emerging markets stocks got punished. From China to Chile and many, many more, emerging markets stocks were a dismal asset class last year as reflected by an annual decline of 17% for the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEARCA:VWO).VWO, one of the largest emerging markets ETFs by assets, shares some similarities with the aforementioned VGK. Like European stocks, emerging markets equities look like value plays and there is a chorus of investors willing to say things will not get much worse for developing economies.If the Federal Reserve slows its pace of rate hikes in 2019 and the dollar weakens, there could be upside to be had with emerging markets equities. * 7 Dark Horse Stocks Winning the Race in 2019 "There are at least some reasons to be hopeful for emerging Asian assets: oil prices have dropped about 40% from their October peak, which is a boon for countries that import the commodity. Central banks remain vigilant, while a growing number of analysts, including those at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and UBS Group AG, say the dollar is close to its peak," according to Bloomberg. Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (VCSH)Expense ratio: 0.07% per yearOne way for investors to Fed-proof fixed income portfolios is to lower duration risk. The Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF (NASDAQ:VCSH) is one of the best Vanguard ETFs on the short-duration side of the ledger. Plus, this Vanguard fund does not skimp on yield.VCSH has a yield of 2.77%, which is solid when considering the fund's average duration is just 2.7 years. This Vanguard ETF holds over 2,200 investment-grade corporate bonds.Over 59% of VCSH's holdings are rated AA or A while 45% are rated BBB. This Vanguard ETF outperformed the longer duration Markit iBoxx USD Liquid Investment Grade Index by about 600 basis points last year. Vanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF (VOE)Expense ratio: 0.07% per yearAs is the case with the aforementioned VTV, investors embracing the value factor in 2019 would benefit the Vanguard Mid-Cap Value ETF (NYSEARCA:VOE). Mid-cap stockshad a rough 2018 and value stocks were among the more egregious offenders in that category. This Vanguard ETF lagged the S&P MidCap 400 Index by about 240 basis points last year.VOE holds 203 stocks with a median market value of $14.2 billion, which is just outside of mid-cap territory. Like large-cap value strategies, this Vanguard ETF has a large financial services weight (23.9%). Consumer sentiment is important to the fortunes of this Vanguard ETF as the two consumer sectors combine for 27.50% of VOE's roster. * 7 Dark Horse Stocks Winning the Race in 2019 Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond ETF (VTEB)Expense ratio: 0.09% per yearAfter establishing a rich tradition in the municipal bond index fund and mutual fund arenas, Vanguard got into muni ETFs with the Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond ETF (NASDAQ:VTEB). This Vanguard ETF follows the S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Index, one of the most widely followed gauges of municipal bonds.In terms of sheer number of holdings, the $4.7 billion VTEB is one of the largest municipal bond ETFs as it is home to nearly 4,200 bonds. This Vanguard ETF's holdings have an average maturity of 13.8 years an average duration of 5.6 years.As is to be expected with investment-grade municipal bond funds, credit risk is not an issue with this Vanguard ETF as over 90% of its holdings are rated AAA, AA or A.As of this writing, Todd Shriber owns shares of VWO. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Top Stock Picks From the Street's Best Analysts * 7 Tech Stocks Without China Exposure * 5 Strong-Buy Stocks That Crushed 2018 Compare Brokers The post 7 Top-Rated Vanguard ETFs to Buy in 2019 appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Depending on your stage of life or the asset allocation in your portfolio, bonds may be a solid choice to provide fixed-income stability and a hedge against more risky equity investments. Interest rates have been historically low for many years, making the gold standard, U.S. Treasuries, less attractive. Fortunately, there are a number of high-quality investment-grade corporate bond exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that are comparatively inexpensive and highly liquid.
While the U.S. equities market experienced one of their best January start to a new year in decades, investors still pulled billions from U.S. stock-related ETFs. Investors redeemed $25 billion from U.S. ...
Investing doesn't need to be complicated or expensive. Build a dirt-cheap portfolio that can last a lifetime with just one stock ETF and one bond ETF.
If you've built a solid portfolio of funds, the last thing you want to do is tear it apart and build a new one simply because the stock market is doing one of its periodic swan dives. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't tinker around the edges in a market that acts like it wants to go down. You might cut, say, 5% of your stock allocation and put the proceeds into a low-risk bond fund. If you think your investments need more rearranging, you might take your most volatile fund and replace it with a lower-risk offering. Where to look for a replacement? Vanguard funds include a fistful of first-rate defensive offerings that, while they'll still likely lose money in a bear market, they should still hold up better than most other funds. Here are the six best Vanguard funds to own in a bear market. Note: Some of these funds are only available directly from the low-cost provider. At the same time, if you use a discount broker, you may be able to buy cheaper Admiral shares without meeting Vanguard's minimum, which typically ranges from $10,000 to $50,000 depending on the fund. ### SEE ALSO: The 25 Best Low-Fee Mutual Funds You Can Buy
Bond funds are for your "safe" money. They give your portfolio ballast - and they're a ready source of cash when you spot opportunities in the stock market. Just keep the very long-term in mind and don't get greedy with bonds in 2019. Almost every flavor of bond and bond fund lost at least a little money last year, and the same could happen this year. For instance: Even the best long-term and even intermediate-term bonds and bond funds will likely do well only if there's a dramatic slowdown in the economy, which would push down bond yields and boost their prices. (Bond yields and prices move opposite one another). Lower-credit-quality bonds, meanwhile, will only earn big profits if the economy, which seems likely to grow at a slower pace this year, instead continues to grow as rapidly as it did in 2018. Neither event looks likely. But while bond funds may not make you rich, they'll likely at least keep up with inflation, and they almost certainly won't make you poor. They're a safety play in a Wall Street environment that makes safety a necessity. With that in mind, here are my favorite bond funds for retirement savers in 2019. The focus? Low-risk bond funds that invest mainly in short-term, high-quality bonds. The goal? Protection. ### SEE ALSO: The 27 Best Mutual Funds in 401(k) Retirement Plans
Liquidity in Bond Markets Crimped As Treasury Auctions Crowd Out Corporates Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s impromptu calls to bank CEOs on Christmas Eve aiming to assuage investors by inadvertently causing panic, may have missed the mark. The real liquidity crunch appears to be not in banks, but in the corporate bond market, funding for which […] The post Market Morning: Corporate Bond Stress, Gold Swoons, Goldman Balks, Trump Says Buy appeared first on Market Exclusive.
Several of this year's top asset-gathering fixed income exchange traded funds are of the low or ultra-low duration varieties, indicating investors' preference for bonds that are less sensitive to rising interest rates. The IQ Short Duration Enhanced Core Bond U.S ETF (NYSE: SDAG) debuted Tuesday as the second new ETF introduced by IndexIQ over the past week. SDAG follows the IQ Short Duration Enhanced Core Bond U.S. Index, a benchmark comprised of other ETFs.
Despite the Twitter scolding from U.S. President Donald Trump, the capital markets are expecting the Federal Reserve to hike rates a fourth time for 2018. As such, fixed-income exchange-traded fund (ETF) ...
Bonds can reduce risk in an investment portfolio. This is a solid option for low-cost, efficient exposure to U.S. short-term investment-grade corporate bonds. Its conservative strategy keeps credit and interest-rate risk low and has a durable cost advantage over Morningstar Category peers.
Rising interest rates may reach a level that matches U.S. President Donald Trump’s relationship with the media. The president’s disdain for rate hikes won’t gain any sympathy from the Federal Reserve as ...
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell over 300 points in the early session as the ebbs and flows of volatility made a reappearance with the index erasing its previous losses to post a mild gain before settling to a 20-point loss as of 1:20 p.m. ET. Treasury yields followed the rise in U.S. equities as the benchmark yields edged higher, highlighting the confluence between the stock and bond markets that have been seen as of late. The lockstep between stocks and bonds as of late is not something typically seen within the capital markets as both are prone to marching to the beat of their own drum. Last week's equity sell-off was paired with rising yields as the capital outflows from both markets resulted in a sea of red across the two capital markets.
Compared to their longer duration counterparts and U.S. equities, short-term bond strategies have been an option for fixed-income investors seeking a return in today's rising rate environs, while also avoiding the volatility of the extended bull run in the stock market. While trade wars continue to cause bouts of volatility in the capital markets, short-term bond funds can be the elixir for risk-averse investors who want to minimize the impact of volatility and still earn a return given the rising rate landscape. Bonds with a shorter duration also reduce the exposure to inflation, which can tamp down the returns of fixed-income investments. In addition, bond giant Pimco found in an analysis that these short-term strategies have produced an annualized volatility of less than 1% over a 10-year period--compare this to stocks, which have produced a 15% annual volatility and 10% for long-term bond strategies.