This ETF is one of several options that gives investors access to inflation-protected bonds, an asset class that may have appeal to those looking to protect portfolios from the adverse impact of inflation. Unlike many funds in the Inflation Protected Bonds ETFdb Category, ILB is actively-managed and also includes international exposure. This geographic diversification can be valuable within a fixed income portfolio; most investors maintain a strong home country bias when building bond exposure that can limit the effectiveness of this asset class. Given the broad focus of this fund, ILB may be useful as a component of a long-term portfolio, complementing the exposure offered by funds such as AGG or BND (which have no international exposure). However, investors should take note of some of the limitations surrounding TIPS as a tool for protecting against inflation; the underlying assets of ILB are bonds, and as such may be adversely impacted by increases in interest rates (which tend to occur in inflationary environments). This ETF spreads holdings across a number of different countries, including both developed and emerging markets. As such, ILB may offer a more attractive yield profile than funds focused exclusively on U.S. debt, and may also offer exposure to unique measures of inflation. Those seeking exposure to U.S. TIPS have a number of options available to them, including GTIP which offers comparable exposure as well as the ultra-popular TIP. Those looking to avoid U.S. securities entirely may find ITIP to be a useful product.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for ILB 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 Inflation-Protected 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||75.33%|
|Agency Mortgage Backed||0.0%|
|Commercial Mortgage Backed||0.0%|
|Non Agency Residential Mortgage Backed||0.0%|
|US Municipal Tax Advantaged||0.0%|
|0% to 1%||49.67%|
|1% to 2%||17.28%|
|2% to 3%||-4.3%|
|3% to 4%||15.98%|
|4% to 5%||6.7%|
|5% to 6%||-17.85%|
|6% to 7%||0.0%|
|7% to 8%||4.02%|
|8% to 9%||0.0%|
|9% to 10%||0.0%|
|Greater Than 10%||0.0%|
|Less Than 1 Year||-18.25%|
This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 7 other ETFs in the Inflation-Protected 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 ILB 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.
2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein: ( 1 ) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; ( 2 ) may not be copied or distributed; and ( 3 ) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.