1-Star ETFs Poised to Plunge: iShares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund?


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, the iShares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund (NYS: TIP) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at iShares Barclays TIPS and see what CAPS investors are saying about the ETF right now.

iShares Barclays TIPSfacts


December 2003

Total Net Assets

$23.2 billion

Investment Approach

Seeks results that correspond to the price and yield performance of the inflation-protected sector of the United States Treasury market, as defined by the Barclays U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) Index.

Expense Ratio


Dividend Yield


1-Year / 3-Year / 5-Year Annualized Returns

7.8% / 9.6% / 7.9%


SPDR Barclays Capital TIPS
PIMCO 1-5 Year U.S. TIPS Index ETF
iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 80% of the 88 All-Star members who have rated iShares Barclays TIPS believe the ETF will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, TerryHogan, listed a few of the headwinds working against the ETF: "With Chinese growth slowing a bit, Europe in the crapper, U.S. unemployment above 8%, [natural gas] constantly reaching new depths (for fracking and price) and oil not going crazy, I don't think the prospects for inflation are too great, Bernanke notwithstanding."

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