Gentlemen: Preferreds….and Bonds

Posted on: April 8, 2011 in: Fixed Income, Preferred Shares with 0 comments

Claymore S&P/TSX CDN Pref Share     ( Ticker: CPD )

We love bonds. But with their yields at 30 year lows, its only a matter of time before they hurt us. Unlike bond holders, bond ETF investors can’t even hold on till maturity for par: bond ETFs are priced to market daily.

Preferred shares – the bond-equity hybrids – offer some solace. First, their yields are much better. Claymore’s TSX Preferred Share ETF (CPD) yields 4.8% vs 3.9% on iShares Corporate Bond ETF (XCB). The lower tax on dividends puts CPD even further ahead. While a rate rise will hurt CPD’s price, it won’t hurt as much as on bonds.

The average credit quality on CPD’s 119 holdings is slightly below XCB’s, but 80% of CPD is in TSX  blue-chips and half of it is in fixed/floaters whose rates reset with the market.

So why not go all preferreds? Preferred’s low liquidity is one factor. Worse, in a crunch, preferreds behave like equity. CPD fell 28% in 2008 (but didn’t miss a dividend); XCB fell 7.4%.

As part of a tactical shift, we recently replaced some bond ETFs with CPD.


Charts for CPD

archerETF Metrix CPD
Category Cdn Equity
Benchmark TSX 60
Total Holdings 119
52 Week High $17.40
Recent Price $17.37
52 Week Low $15.35
Avg Daily Volume 0.06 Million Shrs
Avg Daily Volume ($) $1.08 Million
Total Market Cap $656.52 Million
ETF Annual Fee 0.48%
ETF Trading Currency 0
ETF FX Exposure 0
Annual Volatility 8.54%
Correlation to S&P 500 12.10%
Return to Risk Ratio Not Available
Use of Leverage No
Use of Futures No
6 month Return 3.15%
1 Year Return 12.21%
2 Year Return 31.29%
3 Year Return 14.50%
Dividend Yield (TTM) 4.77%

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