Vanguard Cdn. Aggreg. Bond ETF

VAB-T

Analysis and Opinions about VAB-T

Signal
Opinion
Expert
COMMENT
COMMENT
October 4, 2019
Not a big fan of bond ETFs but this one is very high quality. The yield swings around. It has negative times and it's been an unusual time for returns. There's a limit to appreciation. The returns in the last 12 months probably won't be repeated.
Not a big fan of bond ETFs but this one is very high quality. The yield swings around. It has negative times and it's been an unusual time for returns. There's a limit to appreciation. The returns in the last 12 months probably won't be repeated.
David Cockfield
Managing Director, Northland Wealth Management
Price
$26.490
Owned
No
DON'T BUY
DON'T BUY
November 19, 2018
It is the broad Canadian bond market. It is not a great holding. You want floating rate notes. HFR-T is a better bet. ZST-T does this in Canada.
It is the broad Canadian bond market. It is not a great holding. You want floating rate notes. HFR-T is a better bet. ZST-T does this in Canada.
Larry Berman CFA, CMT, CTA
Chief Investment Officer, Partner, ETF Capital Management Inc.
Price
$24.580
Owned
Unknown
BUY
BUY
June 29, 2017

An aggravate bond ETF. He sits on this kind of thing as a core anchor. The bond universe has many long bonds and they are not likely to be stellar performers.

An aggravate bond ETF. He sits on this kind of thing as a core anchor. The bond universe has many long bonds and they are not likely to be stellar performers.

Daniel Straus
Head of ETF Research & Strategy, National Bank Financial
Price
$25.650
Owned
Unknown
PAST TOP PICK
PAST TOP PICK
January 13, 2017

(A Top Pick May 26/16. Down 0.81%.) This has lost a bit of ground, but on a total return basis, because of the yield to maturity, it is still a little bit up. There are bonds in this and they are paying a coupon, so it is doing what it is supposed to do. It is meant to be the ballast in a portfolio, not meant to deliver total returns.

(A Top Pick May 26/16. Down 0.81%.) This has lost a bit of ground, but on a total return basis, because of the yield to maturity, it is still a little bit up. There are bonds in this and they are paying a coupon, so it is doing what it is supposed to do. It is meant to be the ballast in a portfolio, not meant to deliver total returns.

Daniel Straus
Head of ETF Research & Strategy, National Bank Financial
Price
$25.400
Owned
No
BUY
BUY
June 2, 2016

They are not going to crank the rates up soon, so he would prefer to use this one.

They are not going to crank the rates up soon, so he would prefer to use this one.

John Hood
President & Portfolio Manager, J. C Hood Investment.
Price
$26.130
Owned
Unknown
TOP PICK
TOP PICK
May 26, 2016

A fairly low fee and gives exposure to the entire Canadian bond market. The “entire” Canadian bond market is probably a bit riskier than what most retail investors want to get out of their fixed income exposure, because of the long maturities that are out there. This has a weighted average duration of about 7 years. He supplements this with some shorter term, corporate credit ETF’s, to bring down the overall risk of the whole portfolio.

A fairly low fee and gives exposure to the entire Canadian bond market. The “entire” Canadian bond market is probably a bit riskier than what most retail investors want to get out of their fixed income exposure, because of the long maturities that are out there. This has a weighted average duration of about 7 years. He supplements this with some shorter term, corporate credit ETF’s, to bring down the overall risk of the whole portfolio.

Daniel Straus
Head of ETF Research & Strategy, National Bank Financial
Price
$26.030
Owned
No
COMMENT
COMMENT
July 12, 2012
DEX Floating Rate ETF (XFR-T) or Vanguard Cdn. Aggregate Bond ETF (VAB-T)? If interest rates rise, which would you Buy? This one is a little bit longer in duration with an average of 6 or 7 years and might be a little bit more sensitive to interest rate hikes so the floating rate might be a little bit safer.
DEX Floating Rate ETF (XFR-T) or Vanguard Cdn. Aggregate Bond ETF (VAB-T)? If interest rates rise, which would you Buy? This one is a little bit longer in duration with an average of 6 or 7 years and might be a little bit more sensitive to interest rate hikes so the floating rate might be a little bit safer.
John DeGoey
Portfolio Manager, Wellington-Altus Private Wealth Inc.
Price
$25.700
Owned
Unknown
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