Bond ETFs in Canada



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Bond ETFs are a great way for bond investors who are chasing debt yield to diversify their holdings.

Bond ETFs come in many flavors. There are corporate bond ETFs which break down into a subset of Long bonds, short term bonds and junk debt. The later having the highest perceived risk, but also the highest yield.

There are also various government issued bonds such as state or provincial bonds, federal government bonds (eg. Canada savings bonds or US Treasuries), municipal bonds, real return bonds (TIPs in the USA) and other

On this page we will try to list all of the bond ETFs available to Canadians and give you a little bit of information about them. Our list is confined to stocks primarily traded on the major American and Canadian Exchanges due to the availability of these stocks to Canadian investors (NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX, TSX).

Government Bond ETFs

Our list of government bond ETFs is below. The Canadian traded ETFs appear first on the list, followed by US funds. Keep in mind that the Canadian funds may have specific tax advantages and talk to an account about how these can be realized inside a TFSA, RRSP, or a standard brokerage account.

 

Government Bonds
ETF SYM TYPE NAT
Canadian Government Bonds      

BMO Canadian Government Bond Index ETF   

ZGB Government Bond
BMO Short Provincial Bond Index ETF ZPS Government Bond
Claymore 1-5 Yr Laddered Government Bond ETF CLF Government Bond
  
iShares CDN Government Bond Index Fund
XGB Government Bond
BMO Short Federal Bond Index ETF ZFS Government Bond
US 30 Year Bond Bear Plus ETF HTD Leveraged US Treasuries
US 30 Year Bond Bull Plus ETF HTU Leveraged US Treasuries
       
iShares DEX Real Return Bond Index Fund XRE Real Return Bond Fund
iShares DEX Universe Bond Index Fund XBB Diversified Government
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US MUNICIPAL BONDS      
PowerShares Insured New York Muni Bond PZT US Muni Bond - single state  
PowerShares Insured California Muni Bond PWZ US Muni Bond - single state  
SPDR Barclays Capital New York Muni Bond INY US Muni Bond - single state  
SPDR Barclays Capital California Muni Bd CXA US Muni Bond - single state  
iShares S&P NY AMT-Free Municipal Bd NYF US Muni Bond - single state  
iShares S&P CA AMT-Free Municipal Bd CMF US Muni Bond - single state  
Market Vectors Long Municipal ETF MLN US Muni Bonds - Diversified  
PowerShares Insured National Muni Bond PZA US Muni Bonds - Diversified  
Market Vectors Intermediate Muni ETF ITM US Muni Bonds - Diversified  
SPDR Barclays Capital Municipal Bond TFI US Muni Bonds - Diversified  
Market Vectors Short Municipal ETF SMB US Muni Bonds - Diversified  
iShares S&P National AMT-Free Muni Bd MUB US Muni Bonds - Diversified  
iShares S&P S/T Natnl AMT-Free Muni Bd SUB US Muni Bonds - Diversified  
SPDR Barclays Capital Short Term Muni Bd SHM US Muni Bonds - Diversified  
PowerShares VRDO Tax-Free Weekly PVI US Muni Bonds - Diversified  
Market Vectors High-Yield Muni ETF HYD US Muni Bonds - Diversified  
Market Vectors Pre-Refunded Muni ETF PRB US Muni Bonds - Diversified  
SPDR S&P VRDO Municipal Bond VRD US Muni Bonds - Diversified  
iShares Barclays Aggregate Bond AGG Multisector Bond  
US TREASURIES      
UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury ProShares TBT US Treasury Bond Fund  
SPDR Barclays Capital TIPS IPE US Treasury Bond Fund  
iShares Barclays TIPS Bond TIP US Treasury Bond Fund  
UltraShort 7-10 Year Treasury ProShares PST US Treasury Bond Fund  
SPDR Barclays Capital 1-3 Month T-Bill BIL US Treasury Bond Fund  
iShares Barclays 1-3 Year Treasury Bond SHY US Treasury Bond Fund  
iShares Barclays Short Treasury Bond SHV US Treasury Bond Fund  
iShares Barclays 3-7 Year Treasury Bond IEI US Treasury Bond Fund  
SPDR Barclays Capital Interm Term Trs ITE US Treasury Bond Fund  
iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury IEF US Treasury Bond Fund  
iShares Barclays 10-20 Year Treasury Bd TLH US Treasury Bond Fund  
PowerShares 1-30 Laddered Treasury PLW US Treasury Bond Fund  
SPDR Barclays Capital Long Term Treasury TLO US Treasury Bond Fund  
iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treas Bond TLT US Treasury Bond Fund  
Vanguard Extended Dur Treas Idx Instl EDV US Treasury Bond Fund  
PIMCO 3-7 Year U.S. Treasury Index ETF FIVZ US Treasury Bond Fund  
PIMCO 15+ Year US TIPS Index ETF LTPZ US Treasury Bond Fund  
PIMCO 1-5 Year US TIPS Index ETF STPZ US Treasury Bond Fund  
Short 20+ Year Treasury ProShares TBF US Treasury Bond Fund  
PIMCO 7-15 Year U.S. Treasury Index ETF TENZ US Treasury Bond Fund  
PIMCO Broad U.S. TIPS Index ETF TIPZ US Treasury Bond Fund  
Direxion Daily 30 Yr Trs Bull 3X Shares TMF US Treasury Bond Fund  
Direxion Daily 30 Yr Trs Bear 3X Shares TMV US Treasury Bond Fund  
PIMCO 1-3 Year US Treasury Index ETF TUZ US Treasury Bond Fund  
Direxion Daily 10 Yr Trs Bull 3X Shares TYD US Treasury Bond Fund  
Direxion Daily 10 Yr Trs Bear 3X Shares TYO US Treasury Bond Fund  
PIMCO 25+ Yr Zero Cpn U.S. Trsy Idx ETF ZROZ US Treasury Bond Fund  
SPDR Barclays Cap Mortgage Backed Bond MBG Government Bond - Mortgage  
iShares Barclays Agency Bond AGZ Government Bond - General  
INTERNATIONAL Gov't Bonds      
SPDR Barclays Cap S/T Intl Treasury Bond BWZ Global Bond Fund  
WisdomTree Dreyfus Emerging Currency CEW Global Bond Fund  
iShares S&P/Citi Intl Treasury Bond IGOV Global Bond Fund  
iShares S&P/Citi 1-3 Yr Intl Treasury Bd ISHG Global Bond Fund  
SPDR Barclays Capital Intl Treasury Bond BWX Global Bond Fund  

Complete list of Corporate Bonds ETFs

Below is a list of corporate bond ETFs widely available in Canada. They are again sorted with Canadian TSX traded funds first and then the American alternatives.

Corporate Bonds
ETF SYM TYPE NAT
Canadian Corporate Bonds      

BMO High Yield US Corporate Bond Hedged to CAD Index ETF

ZHY US Junk Bonds
BMO Short Corporate Bond Index ETF ZCS Canadian Short Term Corporate Bond ETF
 Claymore 1-5 Yr Laddered Corporate Bond ETF CBO Canadian Short to Medium Term Corporate Bond ETF
iShares CDN Corporate Bond Index Fund XCB Canadian Corporate Bond ETF
BMO LONG CORPORATE BOND INDEX ETF ZLC Long Term Canadian Corporate Bonds
CLAYMORE ADVANTAGED HY BOND ETF CHB Junk Bonds
       
US Corporate Bonds      
SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bond JNK Corporate Bond - High Yield Junk  
iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bd HYG Corporate Bond - High Yield Junk  
PowerShares High Yield Corporate Bond PHB Corporate Bond - High Yield Junk  
iShares iBoxx $ Invest Grade Corp Bond LQD Corporate Bond - General  
SPDR Barclays Cptl Interm Term Crdt Bd ITR Corporate Bond - General  
SPDR Barclays Capital Long Crdt Term Bd LWC Corporate Bond - General  
SPDR Barclays Capital Convertible Bond CWB Convertible Bond  
SPDR Barclays Capital Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF SCPB Short Term Corporate  
Inter-Term Corporate Bond ETF VCIT Medium Term Corporate  
Long-Term Corporate Bond ETF VCLT Long Term Corporate  
Short-Term Corporate Bond ETF VCSH Short Term Corporate