facebookHi all, I am looking at the ABF SG Bond ETF (A35). From what I know, a bond etf gives returns through dividends, is this true? What about capital gains since the bond price has been fluctuating as well? - Seedly

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Hi all, I am looking at the ABF SG Bond ETF (A35). From what I know, a bond etf gives returns through dividends, is this true? What about capital gains since the bond price has been fluctuating as well?

Meaning if I had invested at the high of $1.27 and it is now $1.24, doesnt that mean I lost money even though its a bond? Also Yahoo finance puts the yield at 2%, whereas on the NikkoAM sheet, they put the past 5months at 5%? Hence back to the 1st question on calculating the yield.

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What are your thoughts?

The ETF can provide returns through distributions(dividends) and NAV growth(capital).

One thing to note that ETFs are exchange traded funds meaning that the price of the ETF fluctuates according to the market sentiments and movements. Same as any listed company stock.

A35 is not a bond per se but an investment fund that buys into bonds. So there is no guarantee of capital (refer to above paragraph). Usually there will be a market price of ETF and NAV of ETF. NAV is the value of the underlying bonds per share. So when the underlying bonds pay their coupons to the ETF, the ETF in turn will pay out the money in the form of distributions.

Depending on how is the gap and how much dividends you have received, you might have a loss.

For Yahoo Finance, the dividend(distribution) yield refers to the pay out amount per share/market price of the share of the ETF.

In the NikkoAM sheet, it is based on the NAV.

Hence both are referring to different things.

https://www.nikkoam.com.sg/etf/abf

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