Bond ETF Overview

Bond ETFs were first introduced in 2002, and since then, investors have poured more than $300 billion in assets into those ETFs. But bond ETFs aren't a one-to-one swap for bonds. The ETF wrapper introduces key differences, which makes these investments behave in unexpected ways. This channel is designed to help you understand bond ETFs and how they work, keep you up-to-date on the latest bond ETF news, and find the right bond ETFs for your portfolio.

With 343 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Bond ETFs gather total assets under management of $574.14B. The average expense ratio is of 1.2%. Bond ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Equity
  • Fixed Income
  • Commodities

The largest Bond ETF is the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF AGG with $51.73B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Bond ETF was the IPFF at 23.64%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Bond space was the Vanguard Total Corporate Bond ETF VTC in 11/07/17.


ULBRVelocityShares Long LIBOR ETN4.16%
DTUSiPath US Treasury 2-Year Bear ETN3.72%
DTYSiPath US Treasury 10-Year Bear ETN3.39%
LTPZPIMCO 15+ Year US TIPS Index ETF1.63%
HYDDDirexion Daily High Yield Bear 2X Shares1.52%


EMBUDirexion Daily Emerging Markets Bond Bull 3X Shares-3.90%
DFVLiPath US Treasury 5-Year Bull ETN-3.42%
DLBRVelocityShares Short LIBOR ETN-3.19%
YESRAmplify YieldShares Senior Loan and Income ETF-3.17%
FEMBFirst Trust Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF-2.94%

top creations

LQDiShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF1,308.76
AGGiShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF1,061.48
SHViShares Short Treasury Bond ETF728.14
MBBiShares MBS ETF651.93
VCSHVanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF631.63

top redemptions

TLTiShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF-1,344.33
IEIiShares 3-7 Year Treasury Bond ETF-591.57
IEFiShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF-404.26
PFFiShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF-226.94
CWBSPDR Bloomberg Barclays Convertible Securities ETF-168.97


GBFiShares Government/Credit Bond ETF53.42%
PFFDGlobal X U.S. Preferred ETF49.37%
FIXDFirst Trust TCW Opportunistic Fixed Income ETF49.17%
ICSHiShares Ultra Short-Term Bond ETF44.22%
IGIHXtrackers Investment Grade Bond Interest Rate Hedged ETF41.21%


USTProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury-58.70%
HYGHiShares Interest Rate Hedged High Yield Bond ETF-28.53%
TUZPIMCO 1-3 Year US Treasury Index ETF-25.67%
ELDWisdomTree Emerging Markets Local Debt Fund-15.36%
TLHiShares 10-20 Year Treasury Bond ETF-14.42%

Daily ETF Flows

Large Inflows For 'SPLV'

The low-vol ETF had inflows of nearly $800 million on Friday, Nov. 17.

Weekly ETF Flows

YTD Inflows Near $400B Despite Junk Bond Outflows

Investors were encouraged by the passage of the tax reform bill in the House, but remained on edge about the sell-off in junk bonds.

Daily ETF Flows

Outflows From 'TLT'

The Treasury bond ETF had outflows of $215 million on Thursday, Nov. 16.

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Daily ETF Flows

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The minimum-volatility ETF had inflows of nearly $450 million on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Daily Hot Reads

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Daily ETF Flows

'XLF' Tops Daily Inflows List

The financials ETF had inflows of $231 million on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

Daily Hot Reads

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