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Are Preferred Stock ETFs Working?

June 17, 2021 • Posted in Equity Premium

Are preferred stock strategies, as implemented by exchange-traded funds (ETF), attractive? To investigate, we consider seven of the largest preferred stock ETFs, all currently available, in order of longest to shortest available histories:

We use a monthly rebalanced portfolio of 60% SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) and 40% iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond (LQD) (60-40) as a simple hybrid benchmark for all these funds except PGF, for which we use Financial Select Sector SPDR (XLF). We focus on monthly return statistics, along with compound annual growth rates (CAGR) and maximum drawdowns (MaxDD). Using monthly returns for the preferred stock ETFs and the benchmark ETFs as available through May 2021, we find that: (more…)

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