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 404 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Bond ETFs gather total assets under management of $723.62B. 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 $61.05B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Bond ETF was the TMF at 26.32%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Bond space was the Vaneck Vectors Municipal Allocation ETF MAAX in 05/15/19.


DFVL iPath US Treasury 5-Year Bull ETN 11.74%
TMF Direxion Daily 20+ Year Treasury Bull 3X Shares 9.78%
DTUL iPath US Treasury 2-year Bull ETN 9.70%
DLBR VelocityShares Short LIBOR ETN 7.60%
UBT ProShares Ultra 20+ Year Treasury 6.75%


DTYS iPath US Treasury 10-Year Bear ETN -10.49%
TAPR Barclays Inverse U.S. Treasury Composite ETN -10.43%
DLBS iPath US Treasury Long Bond Bear ETN -9.69%
TTT ProShares UltraPro Short 20+ Year Treasury -9.32%
TMV Direxion Daily 20+ Year Treasury Bear 3x Shares -9.20%


TLT iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF 3.30K
GOVT iShares U.S. Treasury Bond ETF 1.24K
AGG iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF 930.98
IEF iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF 727.60
IGSB iShares Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF 604.87


EMB iShares JP Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF -1,555.15
LQD iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF -1,474.24
BSV Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF -1,291.93
TIP iShares TIPS Bond ETF -1,184.14
SHY iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF -897.21


FISR SPDR SSGA Fixed Income Sector Rotation ETF 231.94%
SDAG IQ Short Duration Enhanced Core Bond U.S. ETF 200.70%
IVOL Quadratic Interest Rate Volatility and Inflation Hedge ETF 198.57%
TAXF American Century Diversified Municipal Bond ETF 82.18%
IIGD Invesco Investment Grade Defensive ETF 60.83%


BLHY Virtus Newfleet Dynamic Credit ETF -70.59%
NFLT Virtus Newfleet Multi-Sector Bond ETF -58.03%
GHYB Goldman Sachs Access High Yield Corporate Bond ETF -55.54%
PLW Invesco 1-30 Laddered Treasury ETF -42.40%
AFIF Anfield Universal Fixed Income ETF -37.66%

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