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 (NYSE: 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 TIPS facts
|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.|
|1-Year / 3-Year / 5-Year Annualized Returns||7.8% / 9.6% / 7.9%|
|Alternatives||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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