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 348 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Bond ETFs gather total assets under management of $584.73B. 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 $53.62B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Bond ETF was the DTUS at 20.35%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Bond space was the Portfolio+ Total Bond Market ETF PPTB in 02/15/18.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

DLBSiPath US Treasury Long Bond Bear ETN17.17%
TAPRBarclays Inverse U.S. Treasury Composite ETN16.92%
TTTProShares UltraPro Short 20+ Year Treasury15.26%
TMVDirexion Daily 20+ Year Treasury Bear 3x Shares14.98%
DTYSiPath US Treasury 10-Year Bear ETN11.32%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

TMFDirexion Daily 20+ Year Treasury Bull 3X Shares-13.97%
UBTProShares Ultra 20+ Year Treasury-9.53%
EMBUDirexion Daily Emerging Markets Bond Bull 3X Shares-8.61%
ZROZPIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon US Treasury Index ETF-7.30%
EDVVanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF-6.76%

top creations

EMBiShares JP Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF1,945.12
BNDXVanguard Total International Bond ETF1,301.65
AGGiShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF1,186.95
EMLCVanEck Vectors J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond ETF900.05
TIPiShares TIPS Bond ETF829.46

top redemptions

HYGiShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF-1,776.15
LQDiShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF-1,759.21
JNKSPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF-1,032.51
CIUiShares Intermediate Credit Bond ETF-375.24
CSJiShares 1-3 Year Credit Bond ETF-365.33

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%

Daily ETF Flows

'SPY' Powers Strong Thursday ETF Inflows

The world's largest ETF had inflows of $2.1 billion on Thursday, Feb. 22.

Weekly ETF Flows

Emerging Markets & Bond ETFs Bolster Weekly Inflows

Investors added nearly $5 billion to US-listed ETFs this week.

Daily ETF Flows

Modest Inflows For ETFs On Wednesday

Inflows for U.S.-listed ETFs totaled $1.2 billion on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Daily ETF Flows

Nearly $5B Flows Out Of ETFs On Tuesday

'SPY' and 'QQQ' were responsible for the bulk of the outflows from ETFs on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Daily Hot Reads

Tuesday Hot Reads: Fear Not Bond ETF Outflows

Also this morning, BlackRock says give U.S. stocks some love. 

Daily ETF Flows

More Than $4B Flows Into ETFs

Investors were confident enough to plow almost $4.5 billion into ETFs on Friday, Feb. 16.

Features and News

How Institutions Use ETFs

Jane Street conducted a survey of institutional clients to learn how they’re using ETFs.

Daily Hot Reads

Friday Hot Reads: Invesco To Drop ‘PowerShares’ Brand Name

Also, Harvard alums want endowment to buy index funds.

Daily ETF Flows

Outflows Of $920M For 'LQD'

Investors shunned the investment-grade corporate bond ETF on Thursday, Feb. 15.