This ETF offers investors exposure to preferred stock, an interesting segment of the capital markets that most investors do not have a lot of exposure to. Preferred stock holders have a 'preferred' position on assets compared to other common shareholders should there be a liquidity event in the company. However, these shareholders generally do not have voting rights in exchange for this premium position. Preferred stock also generally pay out solid dividend yields but then also do not participate as much in equity appreciation as their common share counterparts. Due to this preferred stock could be appropriate for those seeking to boost yields in a portfolio or for those looking for less risky forms of equity exposure that are relatively absent from broad portfolios of stocks. PFF is reasonably diversified by both sector and in terms of total number of holdings; the fund has just under 250 securities and is heavily weighted towards the financial industry although other sectors do comprise nearly 20% of the fund as well. As a result, this fund should be considered part of the financial holding of a portfolio and only used in small amounts to boost yields. If used properly, PFF could be a powerful tool for investors, just be careful and make sure to not overinvest in the sector.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for PFF 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 Preferred Stock/Convertible 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.
This ETF is currently available for commission free trading on the following platforms: (Fidelity)
There are 4 other ETFs in the Preferred Stock/Convertible 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 PFF 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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