This ETF offers exposure to short-term TIPS, bonds issued by the U.S. government that feature a principal that adjusts based on certain measures of inflation. Given this investment objective, TDTF can be useful as a tool for protecting portfolios against anticipated upticks in inflationary pressures. As such, this ETF can potentially be used in a moderate amount in a buy-and-hold portfolio or as more of a tactical play for investors looking to shift their allocation towards low risk assets that may perform well in inflationary environments. TDTF generally won't deliver much in the way of current returns, given that it features securities that are relatively close to maturity and that exhibit minimal credit risk; it is more appropriate as a "risk off" tool for those anticipating chaos in the markets. It's important to note that TIPS are not perfect hedges against inflation; there are some potential drawbacks to using products such as TDTF to hedge against a climb in CPI. But for those looking to use inflation-protected bonds in that capacity, we like TDTF more than options such as TIP that include longer-dated securities. By minimizing the interest rate risk, investors can cut back on loss potential if interest rates start climbing--a scenario that often accompanies an uptick in inflation. TDTF is a very targeted tool, delivering cheap and easy exposure to a narrow segment of the bond market. For investors seeking to access short-term TIPS, this ETF is a solid choice. There are plenty of alternatives in the Inflation Protected Bonds ETFdb Category, including the short term STPZ, TDTT, and STIP.
The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for TDTF 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.com Category.
This section compares how balanced and deep this ETF is relative to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.
|0% to 1%||72.4%|
|1% to 2%||2.5%|
|2% to 3%||15.77%|
|3% to 4%||7.06%|
|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%|
|N/A or Unknown||2.27%|
|Less Than 1 Year||0.0%|
This section compares the cost efficiency of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb.com Category.
This ETF is not currently available for commission free trading on any platforms.
There are 48 other ETFs in the Inflation-Protected Bonds 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.
This section compares the fund flows of this ETF to peers in the same ETFdb.com Category.
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This section shows how the volatility of this ETF compares to the peer group ETFdb.com Category.