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A new exchange-listed bond index fund issued by State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) – the SPDR Barclays 0-5 Year Sterling Corporate Bond UCITS ETF – has begun trading in the XTF segment on Xetra.

The new ETF enables investors to participate in the performance of fixed-income corporate bonds denominated in British pounds.

Edwin Mars, Vice President, Sr. Sales Manager IBG ETF(SPDR) Benelux, says: “Higher coupons from corporate bonds helped offset some of the negative impact of rising gilt and treasury yields in 2013. In the current environment, with speculation growing that the interest rates cycle is turning, short-maturity ETFs should be a useful tactical tool, allowing investors to earn yield while remaining flexible.
 
“We are delighted to launch the SPDR Barclays 0-5 Year Sterling Corporate Bond UCITS ETF as part of our short maturity bond suite. The SPDR range offers our investors diversified, liquid access to the short end of the government, investment grade and high yield corporate yield curves in one simple trade and allows for flexible cost-efficient ways to adjust duration within a portfolio, by replacing or blending with standard all-maturity exposures.”
 
The underlying Barclays 0-5 Year Sterling Corporate Bond Index comprises bonds from companies in the industrial, utilities and finance sectors with a maturity of up to five years.
 
Only investment-grade bonds are included. The composition of the index is reviewed monthly.

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