Bond ETFs track a basket of fixed-income securities. Consequently, the ETFs are only as liquid as their underlying assets. In times of heightened market volatility, the bond ETFs may see a heavy redemptions, and without the necessary buyers in the underlying market, bid-ask spreads with rise and prices could fall even further. [How ETFs Are Traded]

“Constituents of the iBoxx $ Liquid Investment Grade index and those of LQD have exhibited considerably more liquidity than the 16,500 investment grade $ bonds covered by the Markit bond universe in the first quarter of this year,” according to Markit.

SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF

Tom Lydon’s clients own shares of LQD.