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BlackRock expands suite of iShares iBonds Term Maturity ETFs

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BlackRock has expanded the suite of iShares® iBonds® with the launch of seven new exchange traded funds on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

The new iBonds ETFs are:

iShares® iBonds® Dec 2017 
iShares® iBonds® Dec 2019 
iShares® iBonds® Dec 2021 
iShares® iBonds® Dec 2022 
iShares® iBonds® Dec 2023 
iShares® iBonds® Dec 2024 
iShares® iBonds® Dec 2025 

Each of these new iBonds ETFs has an expense ratio of 0.10%. The iBonds suite now includes 14 corporate, four corporate ex-financials, and six muni term maturity ETFs.

iBonds ETFs are investment grade, bond portfolios that have specific maturity dates and trade like a stock. With iBonds, investors and advisors can easily build diversified, laddered bond portfolios without having to transact in the over-the-counter bond market. The ETF structure provides the added benefits of diversification, professional management, exchange traded flexibility, and price transparency.

For investors who are concerned about rising rates, the interest rate sensitivity of the iBonds Corporate Term ETFs will decline through time as the funds approach maturity. If iBonds are held until maturity, investors can expect to experience a yield that is similar to the yield to maturity of the underlying bonds held in the ETF.

Matthew Tucker, Head of iShares Fixed Income Investment Strategy at BlackRock says: “We’re excited to expand our suite of iBonds ETFs. We have seen increased interest in iBonds from advisors and individuals who traditionally have invested in individual bonds. With this expansion of the iBonds suite, investors have a new tool to help them build corporate bond ladders out to 10 years.”

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