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  1. Default A Slow and Steady Bond Investment for Careful Investors

    This week’s ETF Talk marks the beginning of a new series on what I see as the best growth and income funds for prospective investors to pay attention to as we enter 2016. These investments seem to me to have strong prospects going forward. First we will discuss one of my favorite income-oriented exchange-traded funds (ETFs), SPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETF (TOTL).

    View the current price, volume, performance and top 10 holdings of TOTL at ETFU.com.

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    This fund uses bonds and fixed income securities to generate yield for its investors at a relatively stable price. Most of its holdings are Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities, with some dabbling in emerging markets, corporate debt and more. This fund is quite new, as its date of inception was February of this year.

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    Considering the types of assets in which it invests, it should come as no surprise that this fund’s price is steadier than most. However, likely in part due to the current interest rate environment, it has declined 2.56% in terms of nominal price since its inception, roughly balancing out its dividend payments. Its expense ratio is 0.15%, and the fund’s yield currently adds up to about 4.3% annually. Despite its recent creation, it already holds more than $1.6 billion in assets.


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    TOTL is made up of a number of different security types. By far the largest component is mortgage-backed securities, weighing in at 58.53%. Treasury bonds make up 8.82% of the portfolio. This is followed by emerging market-based securities, commercial mortgage-backed securities and investment-grade corporate debt.

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    If you’re looking for a stable bond fund to add to your portfolio, SPDR DoubleLine Total Return Tactical ETF (TOTL) could provide the payouts you seek.

    I’ll be back next week with another income fund for your consideration.

 

 

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