Vanguard Unwraps Bond ETFs

Four bond exchange traded funds (ETF) from The Vanguard Group featuring expense ratios of 0.11% began trading Tuesday on the American Stock Exchange.

The new ETFs, which are structured as separate share classes of established, diversified bond index funds represent Vanguard’s first exchange-traded fixed income portfolios, according to a news release.

According to the announcement, the Vanguard Bond ETFs provide exposure to the broad U.S. bond market as represented by the Lehman Brothers Aggregate Bond Index:

  • Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF/ Lehman Brothers Aggregate Bond Index.
  • Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF/ Lehman Brothers 1-5 Year Government.
  • Vanguard Intermediate-Term Bond ETF/ Lehman Brothers 5-10 Year Government.
  • Vanguard Long-Term Bond ETF/ Lehman Brothers Long Government.

The four bond ETFs are managed by the Vanguard Fixed Income Group, which oversees $310 billion in assets, including $65 billion in bond index fund assets.

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