Evolving Roles for Fixed Income ETFs
Our new fixed income investment research reveals four trends that highlight the ever more important role exchange traded funds (ETFs) play in an evolving fixed income landscape, helping investors to build fixed income portfolios, meet liquidity needs, support the shift to in-house management, and implement ESG objectives.
of investors who are increasing exposure to high-yield corporate credit say they’re likely to use ETFs to do so.
assets under management (AUM) in fixed income ETFs.¹
net flows into active bond ETFs globally in 2021, the largest on record.²
Meeting Liquidity Needs with ETFs
Increasing portfolio liquidity is a top concern across survey respondents, and they’re deploying a range of strategies to manage liquidity risks — including the use of fixed income ETFs.
ETFs Play a Critical Role in Maintaining Liquidity Profiles
Source: State Street Global Advisors, May 2022. Note: Respondents were allowed to select all that apply. n=473.
of global asset owners respondents said increasing portfolio liquidity is a top priority.
of respondents are increasing allocations to ETFs to manage increased liquidity risks.
Using ETFs for In-House Management
Survey respondents, particularly asset owners, are building in-house investment teams to improve efficiencies in fixed income portfolios. Lower-cost ETFs can help, given the pressure investors face to make better use of fee budgets.
Active and Index ETFs Rank High For Asset Owners as Internal Fixed Income Management Tools
Source: State Street Global Advisors, May 2022. Chart shows percentage rating as high importance. Note: Respondents selected the level of importance for each asset. n=211.
of survey respondents agreed that they were under pressure to make more efficient use of fee budgets.
of the largest asset owners are bringing part of their portfolio management in-house.
view active ETFs as a highly important approach for building exposures in-house.
State Street conducted a survey of 700 institutional investors in 2022. Global survey respondents came from pension funds, wealth managers, asset managers, endowments, foundations and sovereign wealth funds. Their responses reveal how exchange traded funds (ETFs) are an increasingly important tool in the evolving fixed income landscape.
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1 ETFs Rising in the Turbulence, NYSE, March 2022. Data as of December 31, 2021. 2 ETF Trends. “Active ETF Strategies Are Gaining a Greater Foothold in the Fixed Income Segment,” March 28, 2022. Data as of December 31, 2021.
In partnership with FT Longitude, a Financial Times company. This survey was conducted in May of 2022 via an online survey instrument (n=700) and telephone interviews (n=5). Respondents were limited to senior leaders and senior portfolio managers who are directly involved in fixed income portfolio construction and investment decisions at pension funds, wealth managers, asset managers, endowments, foundations and sovereign wealth funds.
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Bonds generally present less short-term risk and volatility than stocks, but contain interest rate risk (as interest rates raise, bond prices usually fall); issuer default risk; issuer credit risk; liquidity risk; and inflation risk. These effects are usually pronounced for longer-term securities. Any fixed income security sold or redeemed prior to maturity may be subject to a substantial gain or loss.
International Government bonds and corporate bonds generally have more moderate short-term price fluctuations than stocks, but provide lower potential long-term returns.
Investing in high yield fixed income securities, otherwise known as “junk bonds”, is considered speculative and involves greater risk of loss of principal and interest than investing in investment grade fixed income securities. These lower-quality debt securities involve greater risk of default or price changes due to potential changes in the credit quality of the issuer.
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