As risk slowly re-enters the market, corporate bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have found increasing appeal. Companies have sold more than $1 trillion in new bonds this year, so it makes the timing of State Street‘s new bond fund especially appealing.

SPDR Barclays Short Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: SCPB) invests only in investment-grade (with an average credit quality of  A2/A3) short-term corporate bonds that are typically less sensitive to interest rate movements than intermediate or long-term bonds. [How to avoid a bond ETF bubble.]

The 0.12% expense ratio is a strong feature of this fund, too, reports Ron Rowland for Seeking Alpha. The underlying index has 572 holdings, a 1.9 year adjusted duration, and a 2.69% yield. [How to research bond ETFs.]

A few of the top weighted companies in the fund include:

  • Goldman Sachs Group, 5.6%
  • Conoco Funding, 4.6%
  • General Electric, 4.5%
  • Citigroup, 4.4%
  • New Cingular Wireless, 3.9%

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