|Day Lo||-||Day Hi||-|
This ETF offers exposure to floating rate debt, an asset class that may be appealing to investors looking to minimize interest rate risk (perhaps related to concerns about rising rates). Most bond ETFs offer exposure to securities that pay a fixed coupon over the life of the note, and as such are impacted when interest rates rise or fall. FLOT invests in debt with coupon payments calculated in reference to a benchmark rate, such as LIBOR. As such, the payments made by the underlying securities will fluctuate along with prevailing market interest rates. That results in an extremely low effective duration, and almost no interest rate risk. The diminished risk of course translates into a lower expected yields as well; FLOT will generally offer less in the way of return potential than other ETFs in the Corporate Bonds ETFdb Category that invest in fixed rate debt. There are a number of potential uses for FLOT. This fund can be used as a tactical allocation in environments where interest rates are expected to rise, shielding investors from interest rate increases. It can also be used to round out fixed income exposure in a long-term portfolio, providing exposure to credit risk while minimizing interest rate risks. This ETF focuses on investment grade, dollar-denominated debt (though the underlying portfolio includes issuers from several different countries). Investors seeking more in the way of credit risk (and return potential) might want to take a look at BKLN. That fund also invests in floating rate debt, but focuses on obligations of lower quality issuers. FLTR is another fund offering generally similar exposure to FLOT; investors considering this asset class should compare the expenses, various yield metrics, and effective durations of these funds to find the best match for their objectives.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for FLOT 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 Corporate Bonds 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 Category.
|Cash And Equivalents||35.49%|
|Commercial Mortgage Backed||0.34%|
|Agency Mortgage Backed||0.0%|
|Non Agency Residential Mortgage Backed||0.0%|
|US Municipal Tax Advantaged||0.0%|
|0% to 1%||29.68%|
|1% to 2%||29.47%|
|2% to 3%||4.88%|
|3% to 4%||0.0%|
|4% to 5%||0.0%|
|5% to 6%||0.0%|
|6% to 7%||0.0%|
|7% to 8%||0.0%|
|8% to 9%||0.0%|
|9% to 10%||0.0%|
|Greater Than 10%||0.0%|
|Less Than 1 Year||0.0%|
This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Fidelity)
There are 22 other ETFs in the Corporate Bonds ETFdb Category that are also eligible for commission free trading:
This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peer group ETFdb 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 FLOT 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 Category.
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