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 345 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Bond ETFs gather total assets under management of $590.65B. The average expense ratio is 0.38%. Bond ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Fixed Income

The largest Bond ETF is the iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF AGG with $53.60B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Bond ETF was the HYXU at 20.36%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Bond space was the Xtrackers Low Beta High Yield Bond ETF HYDW in 01/11/18.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

TAPRBarclays Inverse U.S. Treasury Composite ETN11.72%
DTYSiPath US Treasury 10-Year Bear ETN8.48%
DLBSiPath US Treasury Long Bond Bear ETN6.61%
FEMBFirst Trust Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF6.32%
LEMBiShares J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond ETF5.06%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

TMFDirexion Daily 20+ Year Treasury Bull 3X Shares-4.34%
DLBRVelocityShares Short LIBOR ETN-3.88%
UBTProShares Ultra 20+ Year Treasury-2.73%
TYDDirexion Daily 7-10 Year Treasury Bull 3x Shares-2.53%
ZROZPIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon US Treasury Index ETF-2.16%

top creations

SHViShares Short Treasury Bond ETF1,289.74
AGGiShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF686.94
JNKSPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF532.21
MUBiShares National Muni Bond ETF496.95
BSVVanguard Short-Term Bond ETF451.10

top redemptions

HYGiShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF-1,926.91
LQDiShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF-653.40
CIUiShares Intermediate Credit Bond ETF-613.46
CSJiShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond ETF-329.47
BKLNPowerShares Senior Loan Portfolio-258.71

AUM WINNERS

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%

AUM LOSERS

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%

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