12 Best Intermediate Term Bond ETFs in 2015

Intermediate term bond ETFs are popular among investors who seek higher income. These top exchange traded funds are iShares CMBS Fund, PIMCO Total Return Active ETF.

Top Bond Funds

Intermediate-Term Bond ETFs invest in fixed income securities with durations between five and ten years. These bond funds provide income for yield. The funds invest in government bonds (US Treasuries) and corporate bonds.

These top intermediate-term bond funds are selected based on its YTD performance in 2015 (up to July 26, 2015). Unlike mutual fund, these exchange traded funds don’t have a sales load or a transaction fee. You can find the fund review and other fund information below such as the yield, expense ratio, fund manager, top holdings, top sectors, etc.

The 12 best intermediate term bond ETFs in 2015 are:
    12 Best Intermediate Term Bond ETFs in 2015
  1. iShares CMBS ETF (CMBS)
  2. PIMCO Total Return Active ETF (BOND)
  3. iShares Core Total USD Bond Market ETF (IUSB)
  4. SPDR Barclays Mortgage Backed Bond ETF (MBG)
  5. iShares Intermediate Government/Credit Bond ETF (GVI)
  6. Vanguard Mortgage-Backed Securities ETF (VMBS)
  7. Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF (BIV)
  8. Fidelity Total Bond ETF (FBND)
  9. iShares MBS ETF (MBB)
  10. Columbia Core Bond ETF (GMTB)
  11. Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND)
  12. iShares Core US Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG)

iShares CMBS ETF

This iShares CMBS ETF utilizes its assets to purchase U.S. commercial mortgage-backed bonds. This exchange traded fund has a yield of 2.17%. Its expense fee is 0.25%. The current share price is $51.64. This index fund has $179 million of assets.

Morningstar has ranked this top Intermediate term bond ETF with 4 stars rating. In 2015, it has YTD return is 1.27%. It has a 3 year annualized return of 2.71%.

PIMCO Total Return Active ETF

The PIMCO Total Return Active ETF invests in investment grade debt securities. The fund managers are Scott A. Mather, Mark R. Kiesel, and Mihir P. Worah. This bond fund has a high yield of 5.07%. It is popular among investors with $2.5 billion of assets.

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This best ETF has a year to date return of 1.03% in 2015. The past 2 years performance is as follows:
  • Year 2014: 6.62%
  • Year 2013: -1.26%

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF

This Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF is ranked with 4 stars rating. It has 12 month yield of 2.73%. With assets of $6 billion, it has a low expense fee of 0.10%. This ETF has 52 week range of $83.20-$87.34.

Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF

This Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF provides broad exposure to U.S. investment grade bonds. This Intermediate-Term Bond fund has a yield of 2.18%. The fund total net assets are $145.0 billion. The expense ratio fee is 0.07%. You can use this fund for diversifying the risks of stocks in a portfolio.

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Morningstar analysts rank this fund with 3-stars rating. The benchmark is Spliced Barclays US Aggregate float Adjusted Index. This best ETF fund has YTD return of -0.34% as of July 28, 2015.

Bond Fund Returns

NoFund NameTickerExpense FeeYTD Return %
1iShares CMBSCMBS0.252.01
2PIMCO Total Return Active ETFBOND0.561.75
3iShares Core Total USD Bond MarketIUSB0.041.04
4SPDR® Barclays Mortgage Backed Bond ETFMBG0.201.02
5iShares Interm Government/Credit BdGVI0.200.78
6Vanguard Mortgage-Backed Securities ETFVMBS0.120.69
7Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETFBIV0.100.66
8Fidelity Total Bond ETFFBND0.000.58
9iShares MBSMBB0.250.57
10Columbia Core Bond ETFGMTB0.570.38
11Vanguard Total Bond Market ETFBND0.070.22
12iShares Core US Aggregate BondAGG0.070.18


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