Most investors are familiar with equity index investing, but less so with indexing in fixed income. As a result of this lack of understanding, a growing number of publications are questioning the validity of bond indexing.

BlackRock would argue that fixed income indexing transforms a highly fragmented and discontinuously liquid bond market by aggregating it, standardizing it, and making it more transparent. This creates cost effective, actionable exposures that make fixed income portfolio construction and management more efficient.

In this paper, BlackRock dispels seven common myths about bond indexing and ETFs.

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