Many investors judge ETFs for investment candidacy based just on their on-screen characteristics of assets under management, average daily volume and bid/ask spread. By doing that, they may be ignoring the majority of ETFs out there and potentially missing out on some helpful investment tools.
Fixed income ETFs provide the investing world with transparency in an otherwise opaque asset class. However, because of the over-the-counter nature of the fixed income market and the fact that ETFs with fixed income underlying securities were adopted later than their equity-based relatives, there are still myths around the trading and liquidity profiles of these funds.
Although it is not obvious to the naked eye, there is ample potential for daily liquidity in fixed income ETFs. The key is knowing how to access it by utilizing your trading desk or the capital markets desks at the various issuers. Fixed Income ETFs allow investors to economically gain access to a range of fixed income strategies that they may not have the resources or tools to invest in on a per-bond basis.
You may have heard time and time again that exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are bought and sold just like stocks on an exchange. While this is true, it is important to understand the various order types used to execute ETFs.