Bonds go back to the future as electronic volumes grow

Surge in bond ETFs and portfolio trades accompanies investor return to platforms


The bond markets have been dancing the hokey-cokey in recent months, with investors in and out, and shaken all about.

The upheaval in a normally sedate area of the financial markets has sped up trends in investor behaviour, insiders say. Electronic trading platforms are reporting growth in activity, and more firms are executing portfolio trades – a method for trading bonds in bulk.

“I think Covid has accelerated some of the themes that were already playing out,” says Carl James, global head of

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