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‘World of pain’? These ETF strategies may be the solution for Treasury trading challenges

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In this article As short maturity Treasury bond ETFs see big inflows, more investors are taking on single-bond strategies as a solution to macroeconomic challenges.

Buying Treasury bonds typically involves opening an account on TreasuryDirect or through brokerage firms like Charles Schwab.

But Dave Nadig, financial futurist at VettaFi, said this can often be complicated. «It's not the case that you can just simply click a button, get the exposure of the headline rate that you're reading in The Wall Street Journal or seeing on CNBC,» Nadig told Bob Pisani on CNBC's "ETF Edge" on Monday. "[And if] you want to do something like rebalance on the 15th of the month, now you got a whole 'nother world of pain." TreasuryDirect and brokerage firms list all of the CUSIPs, which identify financial instruments, currently at auction.

Nadig noted these can include a range of products from the last on-the-run zero-coupon bond published last month to a 15-year note that is now expiring.

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