Bond ETFs Grab Assets So Far in '09
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bond ETFs Grab Assets So Far in '09

Bond ETFs are taking more than their share of assets in the current market. Tuesday's WSJ Fund Track column focuses on fixed income ETFs, which have grabbed $78 billion of the nearly $600 billion in ETF assets (nearly 13 percent), despite accounting for just 63 of 740 ETFs (or 8.5 percent). The data is from State Street Global Advisors.

The paper postulates that investors are turning to fixed income ETFs in "an effort to tone down risk and generate stable income."

The two most popular forms of bond ETFs are those investing in TIPS and corporate debt. At Barclays, the two best selling iShares for the year are both bond products.

Also selling well, according Matt Tucker, head of U.S. fixed-income investment strategy at iShares, are iShares investing in high yield bonds. In that market, shareholders may be chasing double digit returns.

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