Top Performing Exchange Traded Funds Oct 2011 During 3rd Quarter

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Exchange Traded Funds are another popular investment fund vehicle. The following is the top performing ETFs for the past third quarter. The top performer funds include iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond, PIMCO 25+ Yr Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury Index ETF, Vanguard Extended Duration Treasuries Index ETF.

The funds are sorted based on its past quarter performance. I also included some details about the fund on the next table. More review can be found below. None of these funds is part of leverage ETF.

The 10 Top Performing ETF Exchange Traded Funds October 2011 (past quarter) are:
  1. iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond
  2. PIMCO 25+ Yr Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury Index ETF
  3. Vanguard Extended Duration Treasuries Index ETF
  4. PIMCO 15+ Year US TIPS Index ETF
  5. SPDR Barclays Capital Long Term Treasury
  6. Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond Index ETF
  7. iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury
  8. iShares Barclays 10-20 Year Treasury Bond
  9. PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury
  10. PIMCO 7-15 Year U.S. Treasury Index ETF
updated on 10/1/2011

Based on the list, I observe:
  1. The bond funds or fixed income funds have outperformed stock funds (equity funds)
  2. Long Government bond funds are dominating this top performer list especially fund investing in long dated US treasury bond
  3. Most of these funds have 2.7% or higher dividend yield
  4. The inflation protected bond fund is the next top performer
  5. Only 1 stock fund is featured in top 20 list: WisdomTree Japan SmallCap Dividend
  6. These ETFs can be bought and sell through your stock brokerage such as TD Ameritrade, Fidelity, Schwab, Lightspeed, Interactive Brokers, etc.
You may be interested in the following article: Top 40 Popular ETFs 2011

1. iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (TLT)

The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond fund seeks to replicate the performance results (price and yield) of the Barclays Capital U.S. 20+ Year Treasury Bond Index. This index fund has total net assets of $2.83 billion. The fund has returned 2.9% over the past one year, and 8.80% over the past 3 year. The current dividend yield is 3.40%.

2. PIMCO 25+ Yr Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury Index ETF (ZROZ)

This PIMCO 25+ Yr Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury Index ETF objective is to achieve a total return that somewhat corresponds to a total return of its benchmark, the BofA Merrill Lynch Long US Treasury Principal STRIPS Index SM. This Long Government fund has 0.15% annual expense ratio. Currently the dividend yield isi 3.69%. The total net assets of this fund are $106.66 million. The YTD-return of this top performer ETF is 24.55%. The average maturity and average effective duration of this fund is 27.62 years.

3. Vanguard Extended Duration Treasuries Index ETF (EDV)

The Vanguard Extended Duration Treasuries Index ETF fund’s objective is to track the performance of an index of extended-duration zero-coupon US Treasury securities. The current 12-months dividend yield of this Vanguard fund is 3.62%. This Vanguard fund has total net assets of $529.28 million. The effective duration of this fund is 27.73 years and the effective maturity is 25.30 years. This EDV fund has returned 23.88% for 2011 YTD, 1.23% over the past one year, and 9.72% over the past 3 years.

4. PIMCO 15+ Year US TIPS Index ETF (LTPZ)

To achieve its daily investment results, this PIMCO 15+ Year US TIPS Index ETF fund invests in securities of the index. The benchmark of the fund is BofA Merrill Lynch 15+ Year US Inflation-Linked Treasury Index SM. The fund’s current dividend yield is 3.78%. The annual expense ratio is 0.20%. The total net assets of this PIMCO fund are $322.85 million. This LTPZ fund has returned 15.10% over the past one year and the YTD return is 17.86%. The top asset allocation of this fund is 99.32% in bonds and 0.68% in cash.

5. SPDR Barclays Capital Long Term Treasury (TLO)

The objective of investing in SPDR Barclays Capital Long Term Treasury fund is to replicate, net of expenses, the Barclays Capital Long US Treasury Index.

Top Performer Exchange Traded Funds May 2012

The annual expense ratio of this SPDR fund is 0.15%. It has $31.69 million of total net assets. The current dividend yield of this SPDR fund is 3.42%. This fund invested 100% in the US Treasury. The fund has returned 5.26% over the past one year and 9.81% over the past 3 years.

Disclosure: No Position

20 Top Performer and the funds details

NoNameTicker3 MonthRatingCategoryYieldExpense RatioNet Assets
1iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treas BondTLT29.11%2Long Government3.40%0.15%$ 3.25 Bil
2PIMCO 25+ Yr Zero Cpn U.S. Trsy Idx ETFZROZ19.10%N/ALong Government2.85%0.15%$ 87 Mil
3Vanguard Extended Dur Trs Idx ETFEDV18.32%1Long Government3.62%0.13%$ 141 Mil
4PIMCO 15+ Year US TIPS Index ETFLTPZ12.21%N/AInflation Protected3.75%0.20%$ 326 Mil
5SPDR Barclays Capital Long Term TreasuryTLO11.26%4Long Government2.87%0.13%$ 48 Mil
6Vanguard Long-Term Govt Bd Idx ETFVGLT10.77%N/ALong Government3.41%0.15%$ 44 Mil
7iShares Barclays 7-10 Year TreasuryIEF10.06%4Long Government2.71%0.15%$ 4.15 Bil
8iShares Barclays 10-20 Year Treasury BdTLH9.26%4Long Government2.99%0.15%$ 368 Mil
9PowerShares 1-30 Laddered TreasuryPLW8.36%3Long Government2.77%0.25%$ 296 Mil
10PIMCO 7-15 Year U.S. Treasury Index ETFTENZ7.36%N/ALong Government2.54%0.15%$ 9 Mil
11iShares 10+ Year Government/Credit BondGLJ6.85%N/AMultisector Bond4.11%0.20%$ 24 Mil
12Vanguard Long-Term Bond Index ETFBLV6.73%3Long-Term Bond4.54%0.11%$ 468 Mil
13SPDR Nuveen Barclays Cap Build Amer BdBABS5.88%N/ALong-Term Bond4.36%0.35%$ 34 Mil
14SPDR Barclays Capital TIPSIPE5.82%4Inflation Protected4.06%0.18%$ 500 Mil
15PIMCO Broad U.S. TIPS Index ETFTIPZ5.71%N/AInflation Protected3.75%0.20%$ 59 Mil
16Schwab U.S. TIPS ETFSCHP5.59%N/AInflation Protected2.76%0.14%$ 229 Mil
17WisdomTree Japan SmallCap DividendDFJ5.33%4Japan Stock2.07%0.58%$ 211 Mil
18PowerShares Build America BondBAB4.87%N/ALong-Term Bond5.17%0.29%$ 657 Mil
19iShares Barclays TIPS BondTIP4.54%4Inflation Protected4.24%0.20%$ 21 Bil
20Market Vectors Long Municipal Index ETFMLN4.54%2Muni National Long4.51%0.24%$ 57 Mil

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