Best Fit U.S. Government Funds

These ETFs invest in bonds backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. government, making them some of the safest available. The funds will invest in a variety of lengths, such as short-, intermediate-, and long-term bonds.

All ranked ETFs meet our Best Fit criteria.

#1 SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Treasury ETF (ITE)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 0.82% Avg. Volume: 25,640
Fees: 0.13% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Capital Intermediate U.S. Treasury Index

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#2 iShares Core Short-Term U.S. Bond ETF (ISTB)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 0.48% Avg. Volume: 12,288
Fees: 0.12% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays U.S. Government/Credit 1-5 Year Bond Index

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#3 Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF (VGSH)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 0.12% Avg. Volume: 70,231
Fees: 0.15% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Capital U.S. 1-3 Year Government Float Adjusted Index

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#4 iShares Agency Bond ETF (AGZ)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 1.56% Avg. Volume: 22,175
Fees: 0.20% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Capital U.S. Agency Index

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#5 Vanguard Short-Term Bond Index Fund (BSV)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 0.61% Avg. Volume: 985,621
Fees: 0.14% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Capital 1-5 Year Government/Credit Index

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#6 Vanguard Intermediate-Term Government Bond ETF (VGIT)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 1.76% Avg. Volume: 12,534
Fees: 0.15% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays Capital U.S. 3-10 Year Government Float Adjusted Index

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Direxion Daily 20+ Year Treasury Bear 3x Shares ETF (TMV)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 27.01% Avg. Volume: 401,414
Fees: 0.95% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: NYSE 20 Year Plus Treasury Bond Index

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Franklin Short Duration U.S. Government ETF (FTSD)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 0.16% Avg. Volume: 10
Fees: 0.30% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Not applicable

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iShares Core Long-Term U.S. Bond ETF (ILTB)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 9.70% Avg. Volume: 11,454
Fees: 0.12% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: Barclays U.S. Long Government/Credit Bond Index

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PowerShares DB 3x Short 25+ Year Treasury Bond ETN (SBND)

Asset Class: Fixed Income

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Performance (YTD): 25.43% Avg. Volume: 37,300
Fees: 0.95% Market Cap: Loading...

Benchmark: U.S. Treasury Bond Futures Index

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Top Performing U.S. Government Funds As of 03.05.2014

iShares Core Long-Term U.S. Bond ETF (ILTB)

Total Return: 1.66%

Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond ETF (VGLT)

Total Return: 0.58%

iShares Agency Bond ETF (AGZ)

Total Return: 0.28%

iShares Core Long-Term U.S. Bond ETF (ILTB)

Total Return: 8.31%

Vanguard Long-Term Government Bond ETF (VGLT)

Total Return: 7.87%

Vanguard Intermediate-Term Government Bond ETF (VGIT)

Total Return: 3.72%

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