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Fixed Income ETFs

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are baskets of investments that trade as a single unit throughout the day.

Reasons to consider fixed income ETFs

  • Potentially lower cost
  • Diversity of investments
  • Ability to trade

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ETFs available through Fidelity

Fidelity offers a wide range of fixed income ETFs giving you exposure to U.S. and international bonds, as well as covering the credit risk spectrum and maturity. Currently, Fidelity clients can purchase 25 fixed income iShares® ETFs online commission-free.* These ETFs include a broad market approach, international exposure, inflation-protection strategies, and opportunities for higher yields and tax advantages.

Many ETFs are "passively managed," which means they attempt to "track" a chosen index by holding a basket of securities representing that index. However, more actively managed ETFs are being developed, especially within the fixed income area. As with fixed income mutual funds, fixed income ETFs seek to provide a diversified solution by owning multiple bonds in a package. ETFs also give you the added flexibility of intraday trading, which allows you to get in and out of your investment throughout the trading day.


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*Free commission offer applies to online purchases of 65 iShares ETFs in a Fidelity account with a minimum opening balance of $2,500. The sale of ETFs are subject to an activity assessment fee (of between $0.01 to $0.03 per $1000 of principal) by Fidelity and, after September 30, 2013, subject to a short-term trading fee by Fidelity, if held less than 30 days.

ETFs are subject to market fluctuation and the risks of their underlying investments. ETFs are subject to management fees and other expenses. Unlike mutual funds, ETF shares are bought and sold at market price, which may be higher or lower than their NAV, and are not individually redeemed from the fund.

In general, fixed income exchange-traded products (ETPs) carry risks similar to those of bonds, including interest rate risk (as interest rates rise bond prices usually fall, and vice versa), credit and default risks for both issuers and counterparties, inflation risk and call risk. Unlike individual bonds, many fixed income ETPs do not have a maturity date, so a strategy of holding a fixed income security until maturity to try to avoid losses associated with bond price volatility is not possible with those types of ETPs. Certain fixed income ETPs may invest in lower quality debt securities that involve greater risk of default or price changes due to potential changes in the credit quality of the issuer.

Diversification/asset allocation does not ensure a profit or guarantee against loss.

For iShares ETFs, Fidelity receives compensation from the ETF sponsor and/or its affiliates in connection with an exclusive, long-term marketing program that includes promotion of iShares ETFs and inclusion of iShares funds in certain FBS platforms and investment programs. Additional information about the sources, amounts, and terms of compensation is described in the ETF's prospectus and related documents. Fidelity may add or waive commissions on ETFs without prior notice. BlackRock and iShares are registered trademarks of BlackRock, Inc. and its affiliates.
Before investing, consider the funds' investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. Contact Fidelity for a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus containing this information.  Read it carefully.