Shifting the Course on Bond Portfolios: The Growth and Role of ETFs in Portfolio Construction

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
2:00 p.m. EDT

The global bond market is both massive in size and yet highly fragmented. According to SIFMA, the size of the global bond market was nearly $120 trillion as of Q1 2021 with hundreds of thousands of individual securities. Historically, fixed income portfolio construction involves creating strategies at the security level, buying and selling potentially hundreds or even thousands of individual bonds.

Bond ETFs are transforming the way fixed income portfolio managers construct bond portfolios and manage risk. Increasingly, these investors – whether asset managers, asset owners, or insurers – are using ETFs for a range of uses to complement individual bonds.

Hear from IHS Markit and BlackRock experts on how fixed income ETFs are increasingly becoming an effective tool for portfolio managers.

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Salman Zaidi
Fixed Income Product Strategist
Nick Godec
Indices Product Management
IHS Markit
Randy Myers
Senior Contributing Editor,
Chief Investment Officer
ISS Media