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 362 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Bond ETFs gather total assets under management of $626.84B. 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 $55.88B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Bond ETF was the DTYS at 31.34%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Bond space was the ClearShares Ultra-Short Maturity ETF OPER in 07/11/18.


TMFDirexion Daily 20+ Year Treasury Bull 3X Shares8.37%
UBTProShares Ultra 20+ Year Treasury5.12%
ZROZPIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon US Treasury Index ETF4.35%
EDVVanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF3.47%
DFVSiPath US Treasury 5-Year Bear ETN3.30%


TMVDirexion Daily 20+ Year Treasury Bear 3x Shares-7.87%
TTTProShares UltraPro Short 20+ Year Treasury-7.74%
DLBRVelocityShares Short LIBOR ETN-7.41%
DLBSiPath US Treasury Long Bond Bear ETN-6.76%
EMBUDirexion Daily Emerging Markets Bond Bull 3X Shares-6.67%

top creations

VMBSVanguard Mortgage-Backed Securities ETF1,268.19
BSVVanguard Short-Term Bond ETF1,194.03
SCHPSchwab U.S. TIPS ETF1,185.08
GOVTiShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF886.67
SCHRSchwab Intermediate-Term U.S. Treasury ETF880.42

top redemptions

HYGiShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF-1,504.54
BIVVanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF-1,145.36
SHYGiShares 0-5 Year High Yield Corporate Bond ETF-1,033.80
EMLCVanEck Vectors J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond ETF-636.14
SHYiShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF-625.14


OPERClearShares Ultra-Short Maturity ETF100.02%
USTProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury80.21%
SLQDiShares 0-5 Year Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF54.22%
GUDBSage ESG Intermediate Credit ETF50.43%
BSJPInvesco BulletShares 2025 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF49.99%


NUAGNuShares Enhanced Yield U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF-49.89%
FLTBFidelity Limited Term Bond ETF-39.74%
ICVTiShares Convertible Bond ETF-33.41%
EMSHProShares Short Term USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF-33.28%
IBNDSPDR Bloomberg Barclays International Corporate Bond ETF-29.57%

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