These New TIPS ETFs Make It Easier To Build A Bond Ladder

These target-maturity funds are a new tool for investors who are concerned about inflation.

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Blackrock recently launched a suite of exchange-traded funds that make it easy to invest in Treasury inflation-protected securities (government bonds that move in step with inflation and pay a fixed coupon rate on top) of different maturities. All of the 10 new iShares iBonds ETFs — so-called target-maturity funds — come due in different years and sport target dates that range between 2024 and 2033.

Target-maturity ETFs aren’t new; Blackrock and Invesco started offering them nearly a decade ago. But the earlier versions focus on corporate, municipal or Treasury bonds, which don’t adjust with inflation. 

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Kim Clark
Senior Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Kim Clark is a veteran financial journalist who has worked at Fortune, U.S News & World Report and Money magazines. She was part of a team that won a Gerald Loeb award for coverage of elder finances, and she won the Education Writers Association's top magazine investigative prize for exposing insurance agents who used false claims about college financial aid to sell policies. As a Kiplinger Fellow at Ohio State University, she studied delivery of digital news and information. Most recently, she worked as a deputy director of the Education Writers Association, leading the training of higher education journalists around the country. She is also a prize-winning gardener, and in her spare time, picks up litter.