Vanguard Group and Barclays Global Investors are racing to get market share in bond exchange traded funds (ETFs). Until now, Barclays has been the only provider of bond ETFs.  However, Vanguard changed the playing field by launching four bond ETFs.  This might just up the competition, as Barclays plans to launch more soon (this week), so Ian Salisbury reports for The Wall Street Journal.

The competition doesn’t stop there,  Barclays announced this week that they hired away a longtime Vanguard employee, Sue Thompson.  Thompson will be the new national sales manager focusing on educating registered investment advisors.  And don’t forget, Barclays hired Noel Archard from Vanguard last year.

Vanguard’s new ETFs include:

  • Vanguard Total Bond Market Fund (BND)
  • Vanguard Short Term Bond Fund (BSV)
  • Vanguard Intermediate Term Bond Fund (BIV)
  • Vanguard Long Term Bond Fund (BLV)

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