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Simplify Investing with Fixed Income ETFs

Why Choose Fixed Income ETFs?


Whether you seek broad index, targeted subsector or active exposures, fixed income ETFs offer diversification across numerous bond issues with one trade — and provide access to areas where individual bonds might be too expensive.

Since their introduction in 2002, fixed income ETFs have grown to more than $1 trillion in global assets,1 and can help you:       

  • Lower costs—Gain fixed income exposure at an average expense ratio of 0.25%, versus mutual funds' 0.66%.2
  • Improve liquidity—Access market opportunities with greater ease than with individual bonds.
  • Increase transparency—View daily holdings to facilitate due diligence and risk management.

Reduce Costs with Greater Liquidity


ETFs have created a more centralized and transparent fixed income exchange by bringing additional liquidity through secondary market trading.

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Insight into allocations across tens of thousands of portfolios, representing more than 10% of the bond market.3

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1Morningstar, as of June 30, 2019.

2Morningstar as of June 30, 2019. Oldest[BL1]  share class of mutual funds used in calculation.

3State Street Form 10-K, as of December 31, 2018. 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 access to the underlying custody data used to produce the indicators.

4State Street Global Advisors, as of September 30, 2019.