This ETF offers exposure to the global bond market, utilizing a number of different ETPs to construct a well-rounded fixed income portfolio. FWDB is quite a bit different than other ETFs in the Total Bond Market ETFdb Category; funds such as AGG and BND tend to include only investment grade U.S. securities, while FWDB casts a significantly wider net. Beyond Treasuries and investment grade corporates, this ETF includes high yield debt, meaningful international allocations, preferred stocks, munis and Build America Bonds, and TIPS. As such, FWDB could be useful as a one stop shop for fixed income exposure, offering investors access to thousands of individual debt securities from issuers all over the world. Alternatively, FWDB could be useful as a core fixed income holding, complemented by other positions to result in a portfolio tailored to individual risk/return preferences. The biggest drawback of FWDB is the fees; this ETF is considerably more expensive than other bond ETFs, and the management fees represent a decent chunk of the expected yield (though FWDB is quite a bit cheaper than many bond mutual funds). It should be noted that FWDB is structured as an ETF-of-ETFs, which results in multiple layers of expense ratios. Investors looking to establish a similar return profile but avoid additional fees have the option of building a similar fixed income portfolio themselves; the underlying holdings of FWDB are liquid, transparent ETFs from a number of different issuers.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for FWDB 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.
|Agency Mortgage Backed||7.23%|
|US Municipal Tax Advantaged||7.19%|
|Cash And Equivalents||2.43%|
|Commercial Mortgage Backed||1.62%|
|Non Agency Residential Mortgage Backed||0.0%|
|0% to 1%||5.02%|
|1% to 2%||5.9%|
|2% to 3%||11.29%|
|3% to 4%||14.58%|
|4% to 5%||14.52%|
|5% to 6%||10.97%|
|6% to 7%||7.16%|
|7% to 8%||4.59%|
|8% to 9%||2.31%|
|9% to 10%||2.14%|
|Greater Than 10%||0.98%|
|Less Than 1 Year||0.39%|
This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 13 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 FWDB 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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