New short-bond ETFs facilitate interest rate hedging and directional views

Db x-trackers, the exchange-traded fund (ETF) business of Deutsche Bank, has listed short-bond ETFs on the London Stock Exchange, giving investors exposure to any fall in the value of UK or US sovereign debt.

The ETFs track the Deutsche Bank UK Gilts Short Daily Index and the Deutsche Bank US Treasuries Short Daily Index. Given their relative complexity compared to long equity ETFs, the products are aimed at the institutional investor market.

"Retail investors can buy the ETFs because they are

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