iShares 1-5 yr Government Bond ETF

CLF-T

Analysis and Opinions about CLF-T

Signal
Opinion
Expert
SELL
SELL
February 6, 2017

He prefers corporate bonds because they yield more than government bonds. Prices will probably continue to fall. You are getting a bigger yield payment than the yield to maturity on the bonds themselves. CBO-T would be the replacement for this ETF.

Show full opinionHide full opinion

He prefers corporate bonds because they yield more than government bonds. Prices will probably continue to fall. You are getting a bigger yield payment than the yield to maturity on the bonds themselves. CBO-T would be the replacement for this ETF.

COMMENT
COMMENT
July 4, 2016

Not a big fan of anything to do with the income space right now, because there is really nothing. Everything in the income space is pretty much a reverse beauty contest. Relatively conservative. Because of the five-year ladder, you are basically building a laddered portfolio without having to worry about liquidity issues and multiple trading. We are in a market right now where you are making virtually nothing in bonds, especially when you pay taxes and 2% inflation. You would probably be better off just keeping the money in the money market fund or a laddered GIC.

Show full opinionHide full opinion

Not a big fan of anything to do with the income space right now, because there is really nothing. Everything in the income space is pretty much a reverse beauty contest. Relatively conservative. Because of the five-year ladder, you are basically building a laddered portfolio without having to worry about liquidity issues and multiple trading. We are in a market right now where you are making virtually nothing in bonds, especially when you pay taxes and 2% inflation. You would probably be better off just keeping the money in the money market fund or a laddered GIC.

DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
August 17, 2015

Doesn’t think a 3.5% yield is sustainable in this environment. This is the sort of thing that will grind down the NAV. It is fine as a cash-park, but if it were him he would literally use cash instead.

Show full opinionHide full opinion

Doesn’t think a 3.5% yield is sustainable in this environment. This is the sort of thing that will grind down the NAV. It is fine as a cash-park, but if it were him he would literally use cash instead.

COMMENT
COMMENT
November 20, 2014

iShares 1-5 yr Ladder Corp Bond ETF (CBO-T) or iShares 1-5 yr Government Bond ETF (CLF-T)? He prefers the corporate one because the risk is very low and it is a very well diversified short-term portfolio. It will give you extra yield over time, over this one. This one will suit those who are risk adverse and willing to accept lower returns. If safety of capital is paramount, then he would suggest half-and-half.

Show full opinionHide full opinion

iShares 1-5 yr Ladder Corp Bond ETF (CBO-T) or iShares 1-5 yr Government Bond ETF (CLF-T)? He prefers the corporate one because the risk is very low and it is a very well diversified short-term portfolio. It will give you extra yield over time, over this one. This one will suit those who are risk adverse and willing to accept lower returns. If safety of capital is paramount, then he would suggest half-and-half.

BUY
BUY
June 6, 2014

Yield is higher than bonds in it because of bonds farther out. This never matures. They have good diversity.

Show full opinionHide full opinion

Yield is higher than bonds in it because of bonds farther out. This never matures. They have good diversity.

BUY
BUY
October 21, 2013

If the government starts to raise short term interest rates (which is not on a calendar until 2015) it will affect this. He extends maturities as interest rates rise. Right now he is looking roll back into short term duration. You have to understand the bond market to trade this one.

Show full opinionHide full opinion

If the government starts to raise short term interest rates (which is not on a calendar until 2015) it will affect this. He extends maturities as interest rates rise. Right now he is looking roll back into short term duration. You have to understand the bond market to trade this one.

COMMENT
COMMENT
April 3, 2012
The graph shows that this is slowly sliding off and eating a bit into your capital. You can't go wrong with owning government bonds except that you will make a lot of money. He would prefer corporate bonds.
Show full opinionHide full opinion
The graph shows that this is slowly sliding off and eating a bit into your capital. You can't go wrong with owning government bonds except that you will make a lot of money. He would prefer corporate bonds.
COMMENT
COMMENT
March 28, 2012
1 - 5 Year government bonds. You want to keep the duration less than 3 years.
Show full opinionHide full opinion
1 - 5 Year government bonds. You want to keep the duration less than 3 years.
John Hood

Unlock Ratings

Price
$20.040
Owned
Unknown
COMMENT
COMMENT
January 9, 2012
1-5 yr Government Bond ETF. This is a laddered strategy and he is big fan of the strategy but looking at the short end of the Canadian bond market right now, yields are very low. A lot of these bonds are actually trading at premiums. Value of ETF's is going to fall over the next few years because the bonds in them are all trading at premium. Still better to do this than a money market fund.
Show full opinionHide full opinion
1-5 yr Government Bond ETF. This is a laddered strategy and he is big fan of the strategy but looking at the short end of the Canadian bond market right now, yields are very low. A lot of these bonds are actually trading at premiums. Value of ETF's is going to fall over the next few years because the bonds in them are all trading at premium. Still better to do this than a money market fund.
Joey Mack

Unlock Ratings

Price
$20.330
Owned
Unknown
COMMENT
COMMENT
November 9, 2011
1-5 yr Government Bond ETF. This is his favourite Bond ETF but there are risks in that as the bonds come due, they might not be as attractive going forward. The question is, if not this then what.
Show full opinionHide full opinion
1-5 yr Government Bond ETF. This is his favourite Bond ETF but there are risks in that as the bonds come due, they might not be as attractive going forward. The question is, if not this then what.
COMMENT
COMMENT
August 4, 2011
1-5 yr Government Bond ETF. This is only 1 o 5 years and he prefers a longer period. Rates have gone down but not as much as the 10 year or 30 year bonds.
Show full opinionHide full opinion
1-5 yr Government Bond ETF. This is only 1 o 5 years and he prefers a longer period. Rates have gone down but not as much as the 10 year or 30 year bonds.
COMMENT
COMMENT
November 30, 2010
1-5 yr govt bond ETF. A laddered bond product and one of his favourites. It’s all government and short term. Try not to watch distribution yield (distribution divided by price), which is never quite accurate as the bonds are trading at big premiums, which means (?) falls over time. You have to look at yield to maturity. Good holding but very conservative and very low yielding.
Show full opinionHide full opinion
1-5 yr govt bond ETF. A laddered bond product and one of his favourites. It’s all government and short term. Try not to watch distribution yield (distribution divided by price), which is never quite accurate as the bonds are trading at big premiums, which means (?) falls over time. You have to look at yield to maturity. Good holding but very conservative and very low yielding.
Joey Mack

Unlock Ratings

Price
$20.240
Owned
Unknown
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
November 23, 2010
Laddered 5-year bond ETF. Wouldn’t be surprised if they lost money in the next 3 or 4 months or even the next 3 or 4 years. Look for corporate or international bonds.
Show full opinionHide full opinion
Laddered 5-year bond ETF. Wouldn’t be surprised if they lost money in the next 3 or 4 months or even the next 3 or 4 years. Look for corporate or international bonds.
BUY
BUY
October 22, 2010
Good for senior’s accounts along with XSB and XHB.
Show full opinionHide full opinion
Good for senior’s accounts along with XSB and XHB.
John Hood

Unlock Ratings

Price
$20.580
Owned
Unknown
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
October 19, 2010
(Top Pick Nov 12/09, Up 4% total return)
Show full opinionHide full opinion
(Top Pick Nov 12/09, Up 4% total return)
Showing 1 to 15 of 26 entries