This report identifies and analyses the seven most common misconceptions associated with fixed income ETFs, including their impact on the overall bond market, their performance compared to active managers (for mainstream and niche exposures) and their implicit overweight to the most indebted companies.
1Source: State Street Form 10-K, as of 30 September 2020. The fixed income flows and holdings indicators produced by State Street Global markets, the investment, research and trading division of State Street Corporation, are based on aggregated and anonymized custody data provided to it by State Street, in its role as custodian. State Street Global Advisors does not have ccess to the underlying custody data used to produce the indicators.
2State Street Global Advisors, as of June 30, 2020. All figures are in USD.
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