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Does buying bonds individually offer an advantage over bond funds/ETFs in a low interest rate environment because bonds can be held to maturity?

I have heard this argument several times. Today's low-interest rate environment makes it risky to own bond funds/ETF. Investors will be seriously injured when interest rates start rising ...
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When are short-term US Treasury funds (ETF or mutual) a good investment?

I want to understand the rationale behind buying into a short-term Treasury ETF (or mutual fund). In particular, I want to understand how it compares to buying short-term Treasury bonds/bills directly ...
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Criteria for selecting Bond ETFs

My investments are split between 4 ETFs (US, International, REIT, and bonds). Until recently, bonds were a relatively small part of the portfolio so I didn't put much thought into it and selected a ...
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Are bond index funds a safe way to save for a mortgage down payment?

I came across Betterment's "Smart Saver" account today, which is a savings-account alternative that invests in U.S. Treasury bonds and low-volatility corporate bonds. The APY is almost exactly the ...
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Money-market or cash-type ETFs for foreigners with U.S brokerage account

Non-US investors who have cash in their U.S brokerage accounts, say Interactive Brokers, will be subjected to U.S estate tax. What are some securities, ETFs that are close to cash that these foreign ...
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Pros and cons of bond ETF versus traditional bond mutual fund?

Bond ETFs are easily available on stock exchanges today. Bond mutual funds have been around for a long time. I am not sure which to buy to build an income stream as a fixed-income investor. What are ...
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What does DIST refer to in this equity ETF?

I am looking at this bond ETF "iShares MSCI Japan UCITS ETF USD (Dist)" which is listed on the London stock exchange. What does DIST refer to in this equity ETF? I cannot find the answer from the ...
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How is P/E ratio of a bond fund calculated?

According to the Google search of NYSEARCA: HYG, that fund has a P/E ratio of 20.89. Which makes no sense, since bonds have yields (this one currently returns 5.04%), not earnings. So, what does ...
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Bond ETFs as a means to achieve risk parity

Background One of the investors that I really look up to is Ray Dalio. He has stated that a 50/50 stock to bonds allocation does not acheive risk parity because 80% of your risk is still in your ...
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In Canada, why have inflation-protected bond ETFs underperformed short-term federal government bond ETFs?

I know that interest rates negatively correlate with bond yields-to-maturity, but does the lowness of interest rates (for the past several years) fully explain the underperformance of the inflation-...
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When are bond ETF dividends taxed?

From what I've read, the dividends of bond ETFs (like HYG or JNK) are taxed at the ordinary income tax rate (up to 39.6%). Is this tax withheld before the dividend is paid out to the investor? Or is ...
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Does an owner of a bond etf get an income even if he sells before the day of distribution?

Suppose an investor owns a bond ETF for 1 month and sells without waiting for the date of income distribution, will he still get paid an income for owning the bond ETF for 1 month? This does not work ...
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Understanding bond ETFs

I am failing to understand the bond ETFs. I somewhat understand stock ETFs: ETFs own stocks, I buy a part of ETF, therefore, I also indirectly own stocks. When I sell my share of ETF, the ETF gets ...
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Bond ETF's: why isn't the nominal value of the underlying asset mentioned anywhere?

I am wondering why you never see the (weighted) nominal value of the underlying assets of a bond ETF mentioned anywhere. It seems to me this information is needed to determine whether a bond ETF is ...
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Characterising risks of an corporate/goverment bond ETF's

I have been looking at different conservative investment strategies such as 50/50 "interest fund", "global stock fund" and "the permanent portfolio". As an alternative, I was looking for corporate ...
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Where can I find the European equivalent ETFs from a USD superdiversified 10 ETFs portfolio

I have been using this superdiversified 10 ETFs portfolio. To lower the risk it's composed from stocks and bonds across the globe and includes some commodities. Being in USD currency and the Euro ...
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how to estimate bond ETF price once interest rate changes?

I'm looking at an example bond ETF which track bonds that expire on 2027 which means its for almost 10 years to its intermediate-term bond tracking. I understand that if interest rate would go up, ...
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Do buyers of bond ETFs need to pay for accrued interest?

When buying normal bonds, the buyer needs to take note of accrued interest. He should take note whether the price quoted is a clean (excludes accrued interest) or dirty price (includes accrued ...
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What determines the price of fixed income ETFs?

I am curious about what determines the value of fixed income ETFs? Is it the prices of bonds? The yields of bonds? Or the coupon of bonds? I know that prices and yields move in inverse directions. So,...
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How much do laddered bond ETFs differ from bond ETFs that bound maturity?

Abbreviate LD BETF as laddered bond ETFs. 'BETFs that bound maturity' are UNladdered but impose a maximum limit on maturity of bonds, which I denote Bound BETF, and abbreviate as BD BETF. This ...
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Shortcut for calculating interest rate risk

Is there a rule of thumb to calculating the inverse relation between a bond’s price (or any fixed income payout) and its interest rate? I’m actually more interested in bond ETFs, so something along ...
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Any extra fees charged by passive stock and bond ETFs on top of the standard fees?

Passive stock and bond ETFs charge a management fee which is quoted on their website. Are there hidden charges on top of this standard management fee that is not transparent? For example, are ...
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Which field should I use for getting the income yield of this bond ETF?

I am looking at "iShares Global Corp Bond UCITS ETF" listed on the London Stock Exchange. On the website for this bond ETF, there are fields like; "distribution yield" "flat yield" "Weighted Avg ...