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 $696.14B. 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 $58.23B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Bond ETF was the TYD at 12.78%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Bond space was the Western Asset Short Duration Income ETF WINC in 02/07/19.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

DTUS iPath US Treasury 2-Year Bear ETN 9.52%
DTUS iPath US Treasury 2-Year Bear ETN 9.52%
PFFA Virtus InfraCap U.S. Preferred Stock ETF 4.26%
PFFA Virtus InfraCap U.S. Preferred Stock ETF 4.26%
PFFL ETRACS 2xMonthly Pay Leveraged Preferred Stock ETN 3.64%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

DTYS iPath US Treasury 10-Year Bear ETN -4.66%
DTYS iPath US Treasury 10-Year Bear ETN -4.66%
TYO Direxion Daily 7-10 Year Treasury Bear 3x Shares -2.64%
TYO Direxion Daily 7-10 Year Treasury Bear 3x Shares -2.64%
HYDD Direxion Daily High Yield Bear 2X Shares -2.16%

TOP CREATIONS

BNDX Vanguard Total International Bond ETF 2.48K
BNDX Vanguard Total International Bond ETF 2.48K
MBB iShares MBS ETF 1.71K
MBB iShares MBS ETF 1.71K
IEF iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF 1.66K

TOP REDEMPTIONS

SHV iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF -2,153.79
SHV iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF -2,153.79
BSV Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF -1,545.11
BSV Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF -1,545.11
SHY iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF -1,187.57

AUM WINNERS

LDSF First Trust Low Duration Strategic Focus ETF 400.66%
LDSF First Trust Low Duration Strategic Focus ETF 400.66%
AWTM Aware Ultra-Short Duration Enhanced Income ETF 123.99%
AWTM Aware Ultra-Short Duration Enhanced Income ETF 123.99%
IBMN iShares iBonds Dec 2025 Term Muni Bond ETF 115.24%

AUM LOSERS

EMAG VanEck Vectors Emerging Markets Aggregate Bond ETF -44.40%
EMAG VanEck Vectors Emerging Markets Aggregate Bond ETF -44.40%
SHYL Xtrackers Short Duration High Yield Bond ETF -44.32%
SHYL Xtrackers Short Duration High Yield Bond ETF -44.32%
IBCE iShares iBonds Mar 2023 Term Corporate ex-Financials ETF -36.67%

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