This ETF offers exposure to investment grade U.S. debt with maturities between five and ten years, putting it in between short-term funds such as BSV and longer-dated products such as BLV. BIV's holdings include Treasuries, corporate debt, and agency securities, avoiding high risk junk bonds or floating rate debt. BIV may be a useful tool for fine tuning the effective duration of a fixed income portfolio, though investors seeking broad-based investment grade debt exposure may wish to utilize a fund such as AGG or BND to accomplish that objective. It should be noted that the cash flow profile exhibited by BIV is different than what investors would experience by purchasing individual bonds; the effective duration of this ETF will remain steady across time, and there will be no maturity event that includes a return of principal. BIV gets high marks for its cost efficiency (including a low expense ratio and commission free trading in Vanguard accounts) and impressive depth of exposure made possible in part by Vanguard's unique patent and fund structure. Uses of this ETF are somewhat limited, but for those seeking exposure to this specific corner of the bond market, BIV is an effective, efficient tool.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for BIV on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The "A+ Metric Rated ETF" field, available to ETFdb Pro members, shows the ETF in the Total Bond Market with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETFdb Pro. To view information on how the ETFdb Realtime Ratings work, click here.View the Category Report
The following tables and charts contain in-depth metrics for this ETF and compare it to similar peer ETFs within its ETFdb.com Category.
|Commercial Mortgage Backed||0.81%|
|Cash And Equivalents||0.25%|
|Agency Mortgage Backed||0.1%|
|Non Agency Residential Mortgage Backed||0.0%|
|US Municipal Tax Advantaged||0.0%|
|0% to 1%||0.34%|
|1% to 2%||33.85%|
|2% to 3%||30.08%|
|3% to 4%||22.95%|
|4% to 5%||8.45%|
|5% to 6%||2.44%|
|6% to 7%||0.88%|
|7% to 8%||0.4%|
|8% to 9%||0.21%|
|9% to 10%||0.06%|
|Greater Than 10%||0.05%|
|Less Than 1 Year||0.0%|
There are 12 other ETFs in the Total Bond Market ETFdb.com Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb.com Category.
The following charts can be customized to display historical performance in a number of different formats, including line charts, bar charts, and candlesticks. Time periods can be adjusted to increase or decrease the period shown, ranging from five minutes to several months.
The following chart also includes the option to compare the performance of BIV relative to other ETFs and benchmarks or to include indicators such as Bollinger Bands, relative strength, and moving averages.
This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.
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