ETF Trends
ETF Trends

For the exchange traded fund investors who are reluctant to just sit idly by while the government hikes up taxes and diminishes overall wealth, PIMCO’s resident bond guru, Bill Gross, suggests a couple of steps to hedge the pending wealth tax.

Gross manages the PIMCO Total Return ETF (NYSEArca: BOND).

In a series of @PIMCO tweets, Gross outlined his “5 Ways to Beat the Wealth Tax,” reports Daivd Waring for LearnBonds. [Bond ETFs: Will Interests Rates Rise in 2013?]

“Buy intermediate Treasuries and roll down a near perpetually steep yield curve,” Gross said.

  • iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: IEI): 0.53% 30-day SEC yield
  • Schwab Intermediate-Term U.S. Treasury ETF (NYSEArca: SCHR): 0.70% 30-day SEC yield
  • PIMCO 3-7 Year U.S. Treasury Index Exchange-Traded Fund (NYSEArca: FIVZ): 0.50% 30-day SEC yield

Gross expects the Treasury yield curve to remain steep for the foreseeable future. Consequently, yields on mid-term Treasuries, or those between 4 and 10 years, will remain higher than short-term notes. If investors hold an intermediate Treasury, the value would increase as it matures, and investors would also “roll down” the yield curve by selling it when it has a shorter term maturity. [PIMCO Total Return ETF Manager Gross Trims Mortgages, Treasuries]

“5-10 year TIPS in US and UK,” Gross said. “Central Bank inflation targets moving up.”

  • iShares Barclays Treasury Inflation Protected Securities Fund (NYSEArca: TIP): 1.76% 30-day SEC yield
  • PIMCO Broad U.S. TIPS Index Exchange-Traded Fund (NYSEArca: TIPZ): 1.47% 30-day SEC yield
  • Schwab U.S. TIPS ETF (NYSEArca: SCHP): 4.46% 30-day SEC yield

Treasury inflation-protected securities, or TIPS, will hedge against inflation, rising in value along with increases in inflation.

“For stocks, focus on steady cash flow/dividends in an unstable economy,” Gross said.

  • Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (NYSEArca: VIG): 2.25% 30-day SEC yield
  • iShares Dow Jones Select Dividend Index Fund (NYSEArca: DVY): 3.57% 30-day SEC yield
  • SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: SDY): 2.83% 30-day SEC yield

If growth seems unsteady, dividend paying stocks provide a steady cash flow and will remain relatively stable, compared to other other stocks. If economy turns around, these companies will also benefit.

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