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Bond ETFs Revel in Record Flows Amid Worst Performance in Years

  • TLT, BND lured billions in March despite big selloff
  • Investors likely had to rebuild bond exposure after plunge
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Bonds performed so poorly in the past month that exchange-traded fund investors were forced to buy in record amounts.

An unprecedented $4.8 billion flooded into the $20 billion iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (ticker TLT) as the ETF sank 5.6%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It was a similar story for the $83 billion Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND), which absorbed $3.1 billion last month amid a 2.9% dive.