ETF Trends
ETF Trends

Investors may want to consider an actively managed ETF from bond giant Pimco that’s designed as an alternative to low-yielding money market funds, analysts say.

In today’s nervous climate, investors are seeking safety over performance. For example, exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasuries have surged, taking yields to historic lows. Bond prices and yields move in opposite directions.

About $1 billion flowed into  SPDR Barclays Capital 1-3 Month T-Bill (NYSEArca: BIL) over the past three weeks, reports Jessica Toonkel for Reuters. The fund has been flat most of the year.

Yet analysts point out that the Pimco Enhanced Short Maturity Fund (NYSEArca: MINT) may have been overlooked. It is an alternative to money market funds, according to the story. Mint has returned 1.21% over the past year, and is the first actively managed ETF to have garnered $1 billion in assets. [PIMCO Looks to Expand ETF Presence]

“I understand that there is a flight to quality and people are looking for safe haven assets, but why would you pay for something that is yielding less than zero?” said Dave Nadig, research director at Index Universe, on Reuters.

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