Fixed income ETFs

NAIC-designated investments


We have the ETFs you’re looking for

For many insurers, fixed income ETFs offer multiple benefits compared with individual bonds, including:


  • Liquidity. More than 80% of bond ETF trades occur in the secondary market. Increased liquidity gives investors access to a greater range of bond investments—with much tighter bid-ask spreads.
  • Transparency. Because most ETFs are indexed, they tend to have well-defined investment risks. In other words, with ETFs, you know what you own.
  • Diversified market access. ETFs often hold hundreds or even thousands of bonds. And they provide access to both broad markets and market segments, including less-liquid products, such as long-dated corporate bonds.

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Vanguard ETF Shares are not redeemable with the issuing fund other than in very large aggregations worth millions of dollars. Instead, investors must buy and sell Vanguard ETF Shares in the secondary market and hold those shares in a brokerage account. In doing so, the investor may incur brokerage commissions and may pay more than net asset value when buying and receive less than net asset value when selling.

For more information about any fund, visit or call 800-523-1036 to obtain a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are contained in the prospectus; read and consider it carefully before investing.

All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.

NAIC designations are the intellectual property of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and are redistributed here under License. An NAIC designation is a proprietary symbol used by the NAIC Securities Valuation Office (SVO) to denote a category or band of credit risk (i.e., the likelihood of repayment in accordance with a written contract) for an issuer or for a security. NAIC designations may be notched up or down to reflect the position of a specific liability in the issuer's capital structure and/or the existence of other nonpayment risk in the specific security. Under NAIC reporting rules, shares of an ETF are presumed to be reportable as common stock. The SVO may classify an ETF as a bond or preferred stock and assign it an NAIC designation if it meets defined criteria. For a discussion of these criteria please call the SVO or refer to the Purposes and Procedures Manual of the NAIC Securities Valuation Office. The assignment of an NAIC designation is not a recommendation to purchase the ETF and is not intended to convey approval or endorsement of the ETF Sponsor or the ETF by the NAIC.

All Vanguard ETF products are subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest. Bond ETFs are subject to interest rate, inflation, and credit risk. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against a loss.