BlackRock added five iBonds ETFs to its range of fixed maturity Ucits ETFs, providing investors access to the corporate and US treasury bond markets.
The asset manager's fixed maturity Ucits ETFs range now comprises nine funds with maturities ranging from 2025 to 2028.
iBonds - bond ETFs with fixed maturity dates - offer to accumulate and distribute share classes and pay a final payout at maturity, explained BlackRock.
It highlighted that these offerings allow investors flexibility regarding currency, maturity and the countries they want to focus on. The five iBonds ETFs provide exposure to investment grade (IG) corporate bonds across various countries and sectors in each ETF and US treasuries.
The new products come with two maturity dates, one for December 2025 and the other for 2027. They are available in both US dollars and euros for IG corporate bonds.
The Ucits range has been expanded to include maturity dates in December 2025, 2026, 2027 and 2028 for IG corporate bonds. Furthermore, the launches include exposure to US government debt through the iShares iBonds Dec 2025 Term $ Treasury Ucits ETF.
With the launch of these five further funds in the Ucits iBonds range, investors in selected European countries can now create "scalable, diversified bond ladders" using the fixed maturity ETFs.
According to the asset manager, iBonds ETFs - structured to create bond ladders with only a few ETFs rather than trading numerous bonds - can help investors meet shorter-term goals and capture defined yields over set investment periods.
"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,' said Brett Pybus, global co-head of iShares fixed income ETFs at BlackRock.
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