July 26, 2010 at 06:30 AM EDT
Rethinking AGG: One Stop Fixed Income Exposure?
The tremendous surge in ETF assets in recent years has been attributable not to equity funds, but rather to products offering exposure to other asset classes. The number of exchange-traded commodity products has surged, enabling investors to establish exposure to everything from copper to sugar through the exchange-traded structure. Another big growth area has focused around fixed income funds, as investors have become more comfortable with the idea of accessing bonds through ETFs. The last year has seen a tremendous amount of innovation in the fixed income ETF space. iShares debuted a line of “target end date” municipal bond ETFs, and Claymore has pioneered a similar concept in the corporate bond space. While these more granular products have gained some traction, the most popular bond ETFs are broad-based funds that offer exposure to various types of securities through a single ticker. The largest ETF in the Total Bond Market ETFdb [...] Click here to read the original article on ETFdb.com. Related Stories: Van Eck Files Two New Fixed Income ETFs iShares Launches Two New Fixed Income ETFs How To Juice Your Fixed Income Yields With International Money Market ETFs
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