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If US Treasuries at yielding 4-5% right now, why can't I find a 1 month US Bond ETF or 6 month US Bond ETF that yields 4-5%? The best I can find is SGOV but it only yields 2%.

Picture of US yields on 3/8/2023 for reference: enter image description here

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Over the last 12 months, SGOV yielded 1.84%, but the current SEC yield (30 days ending on the last day of last month) is 4.41%. If you want to know what a fund or ETF yielded most recently, look at the SEC yield.

SGOV Morningstar Quote 3/8/2023

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The average yield to maturity of SGOV is 4.41%. The 2% is the 12-month trailing yield. From https://www.ishares.com/us/products/314116/ishares-0-3-month-treasury-bond-etf:

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Note that the average yield to maturity of SGOV is a bit lower than newly issued Treasury bills, as the yield to maturity has been increasing steadily over the past 1 year. From https://ycharts.com/indicators/3_month_t_bill:

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  • Do you have a recommendation for an ETF that is more closely tied to the actual 3 month yield than SGOV?
    – Katsu
    Commented Mar 9, 2023 at 18:43
  • This might be its own question, but the way these ETFs work, would you expect the minimal return to be at least the the minimum yield of 0-3 month treasuries during the previous 12 week period? Since theoretically every treasury has rolled over at that point?
    – Chuu
    Commented Mar 10, 2023 at 16:00
  • I think you'd just look at the ETF's avg effective duration and look at the yield based on that. Open to being corrected on that.
    – Katsu
    Commented Mar 10, 2023 at 18:08
  • @Katsu blend SGOV and SHV
    – xiaomy
    Commented Mar 10, 2023 at 19:32
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If you're trying to immediately capitalize on higher rates, your best bet might actually be a money-market mutual fund in the current environment. These funds have access to the Fed's Overnight Reverse Repo ("ONRRP") facility for parking their excess cash, and as of the most recent rate hike, the ONRRP facility is paying 5.30%.

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