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 391 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Bond ETFs gather total assets under management of $674.55B. The average expense ratio is 0.36%. 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 $57.54B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Bond ETF was the TMF at 12.01%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Bond space was the Western Asset Short Duration Income ETF WINC in 02/07/19.


ICVT iShares Convertible Bond ETF 6.13%
CWB SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Convertible Securities ETF 5.93%
FCVT First Trust SSI Strategic Convertible Securities ETF 5.40%
HYXE iShares iBoxx USD High Yield ex Oil & Gas Corporate Bond ETF 4.64%
DFVS iPath US Treasury 5-Year Bear ETN 4.33%


DTUS iPath US Treasury 2-Year Bear ETN -7.44%
ULBR VelocityShares Long LIBOR ETN -4.21%
HYDD Direxion Daily High Yield Bear 2X Shares -3.56%
DLBS iPath US Treasury Long Bond Bear ETN -3.27%
DTYS iPath US Treasury 10-Year Bear ETN -2.73%


VCSH Vanguard Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF 3.03K
VCIT Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF 2.62K
TLT iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF 1.76K
MBB iShares MBS ETF 1.53K
IEF iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF 1.46K


BSV Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF -3,873.39
BIV Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF -1,293.74
BKLN Invesco Senior Loan ETF -504.72
MUB iShares National Muni Bond ETF -502.08
FLOT iShares Floating Rate Bond ETF -438.43


JAGG JPMorgan U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF 287.90%
AWTM Aware Ultra-Short Duration Enhanced Income ETF 163.13%
PBTP Invesco PureBeta 0-5 Yr U.S. TIPS ETF 100.79%
BSCS Invesco BulletShares 2028 Corporate Bond ETF 70.66%
UBT ProShares Ultra 20+ Year Treasury 60.58%


ITE SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Intermediate Term Treasury ETF -56.12%
AGND WisdomTree Negative Duration U.S. Aggregate Bond Fund -33.06%
UST ProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Treasury -30.74%
RISE Sit Rising Rate ETF -24.98%
ALD WisdomTree Asia Local Debt Fund -24.09%

Features and News

Strong Demand For Muni ETFs

Tax-exempt dividends and positive total returns continue to attract investors to muni ETFs. The approach of April 15 may boost demand further. Live Chat!

Live Chat: From Fees To Free & Bitcoins ETFs, Too

Dave Nadig answers readers' ETF questions in real time. Here's the transcript.

Index Investor Corner

Why A Low Performing Bond ETF Is Good

Hint: Look beneath the comparisons.

Features and News

Outlook For Fixed Income ETFs In 2019

Five experts shared their views on the fixed-income markets this year at the Inside ETFs conference.

Features and News

12 Hidden Gem ETFs

Presenters at the Inside ETFs conference in Hollywood, Florida came up with 12 under-the-radar ETF ideas investors should consider.

Features and News

Inside ETFs: Live Blog

Our live blog from the Inside ETFs 2019 conference in Hollywood, Florida.

Daily ETF Watch

Legg Mason Adds Bond ETF

Fund launches on the heels of news issuer will be closing three ETFs.

Features and News

Hot Reads: Global Fund Flows Worst Since 2011

Plus, the inside scoop on what happened the day VIX spiked in February 2018.

Features and News

When To Use Options, Not ETFs

Sometimes, options on ETFs can be even cheaper than the funds themselves, says one hedge fund manager.