Bond ETFs ‘a source of liquidity’ in stress events

ETF volumes jumped after US election, while bond volumes remained constant

ETF prices barely flickered when Franklin Templeton offloaded 88% of the AUNZ fund

Fixed-income exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have proven to be a source of liquidity during a series of recent stress events, market participants have claimed.

Briton Ryan, head of ETF capital markets at Nuveen Investments, pointed to the US presidential election on November 8 as evidence that bond ETFs perform well in stressed and extreme scenarios.

Roughly 33.2 million shares of the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) changed hands on November 10, compared with 14.4 million on the

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