FlexShares Disciplined Duration MBS Index Fund

Price: $20.32
Change: $0.01 (0.0%)
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Brand FlexShares
Structure ETF
Expense Ratio 0.20%
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Inception Sep 03, 2014

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The FlexShares Disciplined Duration MBS Index Fund (MBSD) tracks a proprietary index of mortgage-backed securities. MBSD’s particular twist is that it aims to keep duration within a range. Duration measures sensitivity to a change in interest rates. Bond prices typically fall when rates rise. The higher the duration, the more volatile the expected change.

MBSD invests in U.S.-dollar denominated mortgage-backed securities with terms ranging from 15 years to 30 years, but the index targets a composite portfolio duration between 3.25 years and 4.25 years. The index excludes some riskier types of mortgage debt, such as balloon mortgages, mobile home loans, graduated mortgage payments, and collateralized mortgage obligations.

MBSD’s secret sauce also means a significantly higher management fee than the ultra-low-cost competition. Is it worth it? Investors can compare MBSD to the iShares MBS ETF (MBB), the SPDR Portfolio Mortgage Backed Bond ETF (SPMB), or the Vanguard Mortgage Backed Securities ETF (VMBS).

ETF Database Themes

Asset Class Bond
Region (General) North America
Region (Specific) U.S.
Bond Type(s) Mortgage-Backed
Bond Duration Long-Term

FactSet Classifications

Segment Fixed Income: U.S. - Government, Mortgage-backed Investment Grade
Category Government, Mortgage-backed
Focus Investment Grade
Niche Broad Maturities
Strategy Target Duration
Weighting Scheme Proprietary

Trading Data

Open - Volume -
Day Lo - Day Hi -
  • Open
  • Volume
  • Day Lo
  • Day Hi
  • 52 Week Lo $19.07
  • 52 Week Hi $20.65
  • AUM $76.1 M
  • Shares 3.8 M

Historical Trading Data

  • 1 Month Avg. Volume 9,667
  • 3 Month Avg. Volume 11,265

Alternative ETFs in the ETF Database Mortgage Backed Securities Category

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest MBB 0.04% $27.9 B 3 M -1.84%
Largest (AUM) MBB 0.04% $27.9 B 3 M -1.84%
Most Liquid (Volume) MBB 0.04% $27.9 B 3 M -1.84%
Top YTD Performer GSST 0.16% $609.6 M 103,098 0.59%

Alternative ETFs in the FactSet Fixed Income: U.S. - Government, Mortgage-backed Investment Grade Segment

Type Symbol Expense Ratio Assets Avg. Daily Vol YTD Return
Cheapest MBB 0.04% $27.9 B 3 M -1.84%
Largest (AUM) MBB 0.04% $27.9 B 3 M -1.84%
Most Liquid (Volume) MBB 0.04% $27.9 B 3 M -1.84%
Top YTD Performer VETZ 0.35% $51.3 M 635 -1.61%

Top 15 Holdings

Concentration Analysis

This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to its peers.

Holdings Comparison

MBSD ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Number of Holdings 431 1261 2798
% of Assets in Top 10 17.71% 29.58% 27.01%
% of Assets in Top 15 24.43% 37.82% 33.40%
% of Assets in Top 50 58.14% 68.39% 59.53%

Size Comparison

MBSD ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Large (>12.9B) N/A 0.00% N/A
Mid (>2.7B) N/A 1.22% N/A
Small (>600M) N/A 3.83% N/A
Micro (<600M) N/A 0.49% N/A

MBSD Valuation

This section compares the P/E ratio of this ETF to its peers.

P/E Ratio
ETF Database Category Average
P/E Ratio
FactSet Segment Average
P/E Ratio

MBSD Dividend

This section compares the dividend yield of this ETF to its peers.

MBSD ETF Database Category Average FactSet Segment Average
Dividend $ 0.06 $ 0.15 $ 0.14
Dividend Date 2024-02-01 N/A N/A
Annual Dividend Rate $ 0.70 $ 1.55 $ 1.47
Annual Dividend Yield 3.47% 3.96% 3.47%

MBSD Price and Volume Charts

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MBSD Fund Flows Charts

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5 Day Net Flows: 1.01 M 1 Month Net Flows: 1.01 M 3 Month Net Flows: -3.22 K 6 Month Net Flows: 2.81 M 1 Year Net Flows: -12.7 M 3 Year Net Flows: -10.31 M 5 Year Net Flows: 17.26 M 10 Year Net Flows: 90.18 M

MBSD Price vs Flows AUM Influence Charts

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5 Day Net AUM Change: 1.33 M
1 Month Net AUM Change: 282.38 K
3 Month Net AUM Change: 416.63 K
6 Month Net AUM Change: 3.34 M
1 Year Net AUM Change: -10.18 M
3 Year Net AUM Change: -25.65 M
5 Year Net AUM Change: 1.02 M
10 Year Net AUM Change: 76.1 M

Realtime Rating

The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for MBSD 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 ETF Database Pro members, shows the ETF in the Mortgage Backed Securities 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 ETF Database Pro. To view information on how the ETF Database Realtime Ratings work, click here.

Metric Metric Realtime Rating A+ Metric Rated ETF
Liquidity C+ MBB
Expenses B+ SPMB

A+ Overall Rated ETF:

MBSD Expenses & Fees

This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to its peers.

Expenses Ratio Analysis

Expense Ratio
ETF Database Category Average
Expense Ratio
FactSet Segment Average
Expense Ratio

Tax Analysis

Max ST Capital Gains Rate 39.60%
Max LT Capital Gains Rate 20.00%
Tax On Distributions Ordinary income
Distributes K1 No
ESG Themes and Scores

MBSD does not have an ESG score. There are no ESG themes that map to this ETF.

MBSD Performance

This section shows how this ETF has performed relative to its peers. Returns over 1 year are annualized.

MBSD ETF Database
Category Average
Factset Segment
1 Month Return -1.10% -1.11% -1.51%
3 Month Return 1.78% 2.26% 2.05%
YTD Return -0.91% -1.44% -1.72%
1 Year Return 4.29% 3.80% 3.32%
3 Year Return -2.57% -1.64% -2.63%
5 Year Return 0.43% 0.16% -0.07%

Geographic Exposure

The following charts reflect the geographic spread of MBSD's underlying holdings.

Holdings Analysis

The following charts reflect the allocation of MBSD's underlying holdings.

Asset Percentage
Mortgage Backed Security 99.19%
Other 0.76%
Bond Sector Percentage
Maturity Percentage
Less Than 1 Year 0.0%
1-3 Years 0.0%
3-5 Years 0.0%
5-7 Years 0.0%
7-10 Years 0.0%
10-15 Years 0.0%
15-20 Years 0.0%
20-30 Years 0.0%
30+ Years 0.0%
Asset Percentage
Mortgage Backed Security 99.19%
Other 0.76%

MBSD Technicals

Volatility Analysis

This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETF Database Category.

5 Day Volatility 43.41%
20 Day Volatility 6.32%
50 Day Volatility 5.37%
200 Day Volatility 6.77%
Beta 0.09
Standard Deviation 0.32%
5 Day Volatility
9 of 18

20 Day Volatility
14 of 18

50 Day Volatility
14 of 18

200 Day Volatility
14 of 18

12 of 16

Standard Deviation
16 of 16


  • 20 Day MA $20.29
  • 60 Day MA $20.35
  • MACD 15 Period 0.05
  • MACD 100 Period 0.27
  • Williams % Range 10 Day 1.25
  • Williams % Range 20 Day 48.32
  • RSI 10 Day 52
  • RSI 20 Day 51
  • RSI 30 Day 52
  • Ultimate Oscillator 67

Bollinger Bands

  • Lower Bollinger (10 Day) $20.20
  • Upper Bollinger (10 Day) $20.31
  • Lower Bollinger (20 Day) $20.17
  • Upper Bollinger (20 Day) $20.42
  • Lower Bollinger (30 Day) $20.15
  • Upper Bollinger (30 Day) $20.52

Support & Resistance

  • Support Level 1 $20.25
  • Support Level 2 $20.17
  • Resistance Level 1 $20.36
  • Resistance Level 2 $20.39


  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (1 Day) 69.24
  • Stochastic Oscillator %D (5 Day) 76.01
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (1 Day) 57.04
  • Stochastic Oscillator %K (5 Day) 60.62


  • Tracking Difference Median (%) -0.69
  • Tracking Difference Max Upside (%) 0.48
  • Tracking Difference Max Downside (%) -0.98
  • Median Premium Discount (%) 0.00
  • Maximum Premium Discount (%) 0.20
  • Average Spread (%) 1.60
  • Average Spread ($) 1.60

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