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Top Performing Bond ETFs This Year


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Cinthia Murphy, Managing Editor, ETF.com

It’s been a challenging year to be a fixed income investor, from rising interest rates, to dropping bond prices, to a pick up in volatility making the entire ride a bumpy one, it hasn’t been easy to invest in bonds.

Still, with the first half of 2018 now gone, ETF.com’s Sumit Roy took measure of the segment, finding not only some bright spots of performance, but some double-digit returns in some cases.  

A look at the top performing fixed income ETFs of the year shows that no strategy has done as well as shorting bonds. In fact, eight of the top 10 fixed-income ETFs year-to-date in terms of returns short Treasuries of varying maturities. Leading the pack are strategies such as the iPath US Treasury 10-Year Bear ETN (DTYS), the iPath US Treasury Bond Bear ETN (DLBS), the Barclays Inverse U.S. Treasury Composite ETN (TAPR) and the iPath US Treasury 2-Year Bear ETN (DTUS), all of which are delivering double-digit gains this year. 

The only two fixed income ETFs in the top 10 that don't short bonds are the Peritus High Yield ETF (HYLD) and the SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Convertible Securities ETF (CWB).

Top Performing Fixed-Income ETFs Of The Year (All-Inclusive)

Ticker

Fund

YTD Return (%)

DTYS

iPath US Treasury 10-Year Bear ETN

20.00

DLBS

iPath US Treasury Long Bond Bear ETN

17.10

TAPR

Barclays Inverse U.S. Treasury Composite ETN

15.09

DTUS

iPath US Treasury 2-Year Bear ETN

11.92

TTT

ProShares UltraPro Short 20+ Year Treasury

8.23

TMV

Direxion Daily 20+ Year Treasury Bear 3x Shares

7.16

TBT

ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury

5.93

TYO

Direxion Daily 7-10 Year Treasury Bear 3x Shares

5.76

HYLD

Peritus High Yield ETF

5.63

CWB

SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Convertible Securities ETF

5.50

Data measures total returns for the year-to-date period through June 27, 2018

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The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.



This article appears in: Investing , ETFs , Bonds
Referenced Symbols: DTYS , DLBS , DTUS , TAPR , HYLD , CWB



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