Best Performing Short Term Government Bond ETFs 2015

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Short term government bond ETFs are investing in high quality U.S. treasury bonds with short duration such as 1-3 years. These taxable exchange traded funds are less volatile than long duration bond funds. The yield from this fund is also smaller than other bond funds due to its shorter duration.

Popular Bond ETFs

These top short government ETFs in 2014 are sorted based on its 1 year return. You can find the fund details and review below. Some of these ETFs can be bought for free from variety of brokerages such as Fidelity, Schwab, TD Ameritrade, and Vanguard.

Best performing short term government bond ETFs 2015 are:
    Government Bond ETFs
  1. SPDR Barclays Short Term Treasury ETF (SST)
  2. Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF (VGSH)
  3. iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (SHY)
  4. Schwab Short-Term US Treasury ETF (SCHO)
  5. PIMCO 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury ETF (TUZ)
  6. Franklin Short Duration US Government ETF (FTSD)
  7. iShares Short Treasury Bond (SHV)

SPDR Barclays Short Term Treasury ETF

This SPDR Barclays Short Term Treasury ETF is tracking the price and yield performance of the Barclays 1-5 Year U.S. Treasury Index. This index ETF has an expense fee of 0.12%. The current yield is 1.68%. There are 155 holdings in its portfolio.

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This top short term government bond ETF is ranked with 3 star rating by Morningstar. This bond fund has returned 1.79% over the past 1 year and 0.76% over the past 3 year.

Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF

This Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF has a yield of 0.42%. It has total assets of 580 million. Its expense fee is only 0.12%. This bond fund has an average effective duration of 1.94 years. The average maturity is 2 years.

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Ranked with 3 star rating, this best performing short term government bond ETF has 1 year return of 0.97%. The fund performance is as follows:
  • Year 2014: 0.46%
  • Year 2013: 0.32%
  • Year 2012: 0.41%

iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF

The iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF provides exposure to short term U.S. Treasury bonds. This taxable bond fund has expense fee of 0.15%. The yield is 0.46%.

Fund Performance

NoETF NameSymbolExpense Ratio (%)Market Return 1-Year
1SPDR Barclays Short Term Treasury ETFSST0.121.79
2Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETFVGSH0.120.97
3iShares 1-3 Year Treasury BondSHY0.150.87
4Schwab Short-Term US Treasury ETFSCHO0.080.87
5PIMCO 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury ETFTUZ0.10.83
6Franklin Short Duration US Govt ETFFTSD0.30.65
7iShares Short Treasury BondSHV0.120.02
8WisdomTree Bloomberg Floating Rt Trs ETFUSFR0.150
9iShares Treasury Floating Rate BondTFLO00

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