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 371 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Bond ETFs gather total assets under management of $636.77B. The average expense ratio is 0.37%. 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 $56.05B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Bond ETF was the ULBR at 58.03%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Bond space was the Vanguard Total World Bond ETF BNDW in 09/04/18.


DFVS iPath US Treasury 5-Year Bear ETN 5.79%
TAPR Barclays Inverse U.S. Treasury Composite ETN 3.88%
TTT ProShares UltraPro Short 20+ Year Treasury 3.79%
TMV Direxion Daily 20+ Year Treasury Bear 3x Shares 3.72%
DTYS iPath US Treasury 10-Year Bear ETN 3.49%


ELD WisdomTree Emerging Markets Local Debt Fund -4.27%
TMF Direxion Daily 20+ Year Treasury Bull 3X Shares -3.95%
SOVB Cambria Sovereign Bond ETF -3.94%
LEMB iShares J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond ETF -3.54%
EMLC VanEck Vectors J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond ETF -3.16%


HYG iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 1.36K
JPST JPMorgan Ultra-Short Income ETF 559.63
IEF iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF 425.29
SHY iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF 382.71
EMB iShares JP Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF 298.16


BKLN Invesco Senior Loan ETF -505.64
IGIB iShares Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF -461.30
BND Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF -411.54
LQD iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF -321.49
BIV Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF -283.53


BNDW Vanguard Total World Bond ETF 499,166.67%
HSRT Hartford Short Duration ETF 129.55%
UCON First Trust TCW Unconstrained Plus Bond ETF 114.27%
SFHY WisdomTree Fundamental U.S. Short-Term High Yield Corporate Bond 100.41%
PFFA Virtus InfraCap U.S. Preferred Stock ETF 99.58%


PPTB PortfolioPlus Total Bond Market ETF -90.04%
UBT ProShares Ultra 20+ Year Treasury -39.09%
GTO Invesco Total Return Bond ETF -20.46%
DTUL iPath US Treasury 2-year Bull ETN -18.65%
WIP SPDR FTSE International Government Inflation-Protected Bond ETF -14.51%

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