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The Best Government Bonds ETFs

The table below compares the performance and other essential indicators like dividend yield and expense ratio of 44 Government Bonds ETFs.

Government Bonds ETFs are exchange-traded funds (ETF) investments in bonds issued by national governments. These bonds are considered among the safest investments as they are issued by sovereign nations and are typically backed by the full faith and credit of the issuing government. Government Bonds ETFs usually invest in a diversified portfolio of government bonds, including bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury, German Bunds, U.K. Gilts, and other sovereign bonds. In addition, the bonds in the portfolio may have different maturities and credit ratings, which can give investors exposure to different parts of the bond market.

Government bonds ETFs are generally considered to be low-risk investments. They typically have lower returns than other types of bond ETFs, such as corporate, high-yield, or emerging market bonds, but they also carry less risk. As a result, government bonds ETFs can be attractive for investors looking to preserve capital and generate income.

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SymbolFull nameCategoryInceptionExpense RatioYTD Ret.10Y Ann. Ret.Div. Yield
AGOVGavekal Asia Pacific Government Bond ETFGovernment Bonds, Actively ManagedJul 21, 20210.50%-0.38%-12.81%2.21%
BILSPDR Barclays 1-3 Month T-Bill ETFGovernment BondsMay 25, 20070.14%0.36%0.63%1.72%
CLTLInvesco Treasury Collateral ETFGovernment BondsJan 12, 20170.08%0.40%1.46%1.68%
EDVVanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETFGovernment BondsDec 6, 20070.06%10.37%1.85%2.97%
FLGVFranklin Liberty U.S. Treasury Bond ETFGovernment Bonds, Actively ManagedJun 9, 20200.09%2.35%-4.59%2.43%
GBILGoldman Sachs Access Treasury 0-1 Year ETFGovernment BondsSep 6, 20160.12%0.35%1.12%1.73%
GOVTiShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETFGovernment BondsFeb 14, 20120.15%2.48%0.78%1.92%
GOVZiShares 25+ Year Treasury STRIPS Bond ETFGovernment BondsSep 22, 20200.15%10.66%-20.39%3.36%
IBTAiShares iBonds Dec 2021 Term Treasury ETFGovernment BondsFeb 25, 20200.07%0.02%0.71%0.40%
IBTBiShares iBonds Dec 2022 Term Treasury ETFGovernment BondsFeb 25, 20200.07%0.92%1.33%1.05%
IBTDiShares iBonds Dec 2023 Term Treasury ETFGovernment BondsFeb 25, 20200.07%0.29%0.54%2.05%
IBTEiShares iBonds Dec 2024 Term Treasury ETFGovernment BondsFeb 25, 20200.07%0.37%-0.75%2.33%
IBTFiShares iBonds Dec 2025 Term Treasury ETFGovernment BondsFeb 25, 20200.07%0.79%-1.56%2.26%
IBTGiShares iBonds Dec 2026 Term Treasury ETFGovernment BondsFeb 25, 20200.07%1.33%-2.15%2.33%
IBTHiShares iBonds Dec 2027 Term Treasury ETFGovernment BondsFeb 25, 20200.07%1.66%-2.69%2.25%
IBTIiShares iBonds Dec 2028 Term Treasury ETFGovernment BondsFeb 25, 20200.07%2.25%-3.28%1.91%
IBTJiShares iBonds Dec 2029 Term Treasury ETFGovernment BondsFeb 25, 20200.07%2.41%-3.71%2.07%
IBTKiShares iBonds Dec 2030 Term Treasury ETFGovernment BondsJul 14, 20200.07%2.99%-9.99%2.49%
IBTLiShares iBonds Dec 2031 Term Treasury ETFGovernment BondsJul 13, 20210.07%3.37%-8.28%2.62%
IBTS.LiShares $ Treasury Bond 1-3yr UCITS ETFGovernment BondsJun 2, 20060.07%0.30%3.30%75.53%

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Risk vs. Return Scatterplot

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