BlackRock launches government bond Ucits ETFs

US investment giant BlackRock has launched four Ucits ETFs based on government bonds, adding new maturities and exposures to its current ranges of nine existing funds.

The so-called iBonds ETFs aim to provide affordable access to US Treasury and Italian government bond markets and to provide investors with flexibility across currencies, maturities and countries.

It is the first time that Blackrock has offered bond ETFs exposed to European government debt. The maturities on the new ETFs range from 2026 to2029.

Brett Pybus, BlackRock’s global co-head of iShares fixed income ETFs, said: “iBonds ETFs are designed to mature like a bond, trade like a stock and diversify like a fund, all in a cost-efficient and transparent ETF wrapper. As the pool of iBonds UCITS ETFs grows, investors will be able to enjoy additional versatility, enabling them to curate portfolios to meet their needs.

Since their launch in August 2023, Europe-domiciled iShares iBonds ETFs have raised $3.127bn.

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