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.
|52 Week High||$17.40|
|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|
|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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