#9: iShares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund
Assets Under Management: $23.2 billion
With the Fed’s zero-interest-rate policies and high federal deficits, many are worried inflation could be a concern in the future. That makes the iShares Barclays TIPS Bond Fund (NYSE:TIP) very popular with investors.
TIPS are “Treasury Inflation Protected Securities,” which are tied to the consumer price index. The returns don’t burn down the house — especially if inflation is modest –- but this ETF ensures your purchasing power is protected if inflation does become a problem. This ETF is up 4% year-to-date thanks to modest inflation thus far in 2012. The net expense ratio is 0.2%