I have been following the new iShares International Inflation ETF (ITIP) for a few weeks now, looking for a possible opportunity to buy in. I had arbitrarily set a price of $49.50, and it hasn’t hit that price yet. This would be a small investment.
I wrote about ITIP when it was introduced in late May, and I noted then that the fund was appealing because it invests in government inflation-linked bonds, excluding the U.S. So it would complement my holdings in U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities. (I don’t own any TIPS mutual funds or ETFs at the moment.)
I noted at the time two risks 1) among ITIP holdings are Italian, Greek and Turkish bonds, more risky than U.S. holdings, and 2) this is a lightly traded ETF.
How lightly traded? Here’s the rather amazing ITIP chart for last week, June 20-24:
So in the midst of a screaming Greek debt crisis, this ETF, which includes Greek bonds, trades at zero volume? The Greek bonds, by the way, make up 2.78% of the funds holdings and are rated Caa1 / CCC.
Also, on Friday it was priced at $49.91 (it didn’t trade), 1.2% above its net asset value of $49.29. I think a better buying point will be below $49.
Here are the fund’s core holdings:
|BRAZIL, FEDERATIVE R||7.15%||—||5/15/2013||Baa2 /NR|
|FRANCE (GOVERNMENT)||5.78%||—||7/25/2022||Aaa /NR|
|ITALY, REPUBLIC OF (||5.67%||—||9/15/2016||NR /NR|
|FRANCE (GOVERNMENT)||4.33%||—||7/25/2016||Aaa /NR|
|UNITED KINGDOM OF GR||4.30%||—||7/22/2030||Aaa /AAA|
|GERMANY (GOVERNMENT||3.92%||—||4/15/2016||Aaa /AAA|
|AUSTRALIA, COMMONWEA||3.22%||—||8/20/2020||Aaa /NR|
|TURKEY, REPUBLIC OF||3.11%||—||10/1/2014||NR /NR|
|UNITED KINGDOM OF GR||3.08%||—||3/22/2040||Aaa /AAA|
|CANADA (GOVERNMENT)||3.06%||—||12/1/2026||TSY /TSY|