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Invesco ETFS

BulletShares® fixed income ETFs

Stop doing individual bond work on your own, and let BulletShares ETFs do the work for you.

The precision of bonds. The advantages of ETFs.

BulletShares ETFs are a suite of fixed-term exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that enable investors to build customized portfolios tailored to specific maturity profiles, risk preferences, and investment goals.

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BulletShares ETF provide targeted exposure to investment grade and high yield corporate bonds as well as municipal bonds.

Total expense ratio: 0.10%
Total expense ratio: 0.42%
Total expense ratio: 0.18%
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BulletShares corporate bond ETFs, high yield corporate bond ETFs, and municipal bond ETFs — each with a designated year of maturity ranging from 2024 through 2034 — seek investment results that generally correspond to the performance (before the funds’ fees and expenses) of the corresponding BulletShares USD Corporate Bond Indexes, BulletShares USD High Yield Corporate Bond Indexes, and Invesco BulletShares USD Municipal Bond Indexes.

Bond laddering with BulletShares ETFs

Bond laddering with BulletShares ETFs


I’m Jason Bloom at Invesco and I oversee the Fixed Income and Alternatives ETF Product Strategy team.

I’m going to walk you through how BulletShares ETFs can make it easier to build bond ladders.

But first, what are bond ladders?

What are bond ladders?

Bond ladders are portfolios of bonds with sequential maturity dates. As bonds in the ladder mature, the proceeds can be used to cover a specific need—such as a college tuition payment or an upcoming tax bill—or the proceeds can be invested in new bonds with longer maturities. This periodic reinvestment from maturing bonds to longer duration bonds is why it’s called a “ladder”—and each maturity year represents a rung in the bond ladder.

Now that we understand the basics of bond ladders, let’s cover the potential benefits and how they can help investors.

What are the potential benefits of bond ladders?

Bond ladders offer three main potential benefits:

  • They can produce a steady, predictable income stream.
  • Ladders allow you to customize your portfolio’s maturity and duration profiles—or sensitivity to interest rate changes.
  • And BulletShares’ hold-to-maturity feature can insulate investors from the effect of changing interest rates during an investor’s holding period. As such, bond ladders can provide potential advantages in both rising and falling interest rate environments.

Let’s explore the third benefit a bit more.

If interest rates increase, an investor can reinvest any proceeds from maturing bonds at higher future interest rates.

If interest rates decrease, an investor need only reinvest a portion of their laddered portfolio during a low rate phase of the interest rate cycle.

How can BulletShares ETFs make building bond ladders easier

BulletShares defined maturity ETFs make bond laddering easy because they combine the benefits of individual bonds and exchange-traded funds.

Like individual bonds, BulletShares offer monthly income potential and a final distribution at maturity, as well as control of portfolio maturity, yield, and credit quality. And because they’re ETFs, BulletShares can offer improved diversification, liquidity, transparency, convenience, and cost.

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BulletShares offer designated years of maturity and cover investment-grade corporate bonds, high-yield corporate bonds, and municipal bonds.

Whatever you’re looking to accomplish with your bond portfolio, BulletShares offer convenient, cost-effective solutions to help meet your income goals in 2023 and beyond.

  1. Diversification does not guarantee a profit or eliminate the risk of loss.
  2. ETFs disclose their full portfolio holdings daily.
  3. Since ordinary brokerage commissions apply for each buy and sell transaction, frequent trading activity may increase the cost of ETFs.

BulletShares ETFs

There are risks involved with investing in ETFs, including possible loss of money. Shares are not actively managed and are subject to risks similar to those of stocks, including those regarding short-selling and margin maintenance requirements. Ordinary brokerage commissions apply. The funds’ return may not match the return of the underlying index. The funds are subject to certain other risks. Please see the current prospectus for more information regarding the risk associated with an investment in the funds.

Investments focused in a particular sector are subject to greater risk, and are more greatly impacted by market volatility, than more diversified investments.

The funds are non-diversified and may experience greater volatility than a more diversified investment.

Interest rate risk refers to the risk that bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise and vice versa.

During the final year of the funds’ operations, as the bonds mature and the portfolio transitions to cash and cash equivalents, the funds’ yield will generally tend to move toward the yield of cash and cash equivalents and thus may be lower than the yields of the bonds previously held by the funds and/or bonds in the market.

If interest rates fall, it is possible that issuers of callable securities will call or prepay their securities before maturity, causing the funds to reinvest proceeds in securities bearing lower interest rates and reducing the funds’ income and distributions.

An issuer may be unable or unwilling to meet interest and/or principal payments, thereby causing its instruments to decrease in value and lowering the issuer’s credit rating.

Income generated from the funds is based primarily on prevailing interest rates, which can vary widely over the short- and long-term. If interest rates drop, the funds’ income may drop as well. During periods of rising interest rates, an issuer may exercise its right to pay principal on an obligation later than expected, resulting in a decrease in the value of the obligation and in a decline in the funds’ income.

An issuer’s ability to prepay principal prior to maturity can limit the funds’ potential gains. Prepayments may require the funds to replace the loan or debt security with a lower yielding security, adversely affecting the funds’ yield.

The funds currently intend to effect creations and redemptions principally for cash, rather than principally in-kind because of the nature of the funds’ investments. As such, investments in the funds may be less tax-efficient than investments in ETFs that create and redeem in-kind.

Unlike a direct investment in bonds, the funds’ income distributions will vary over time and the breakdown of returns between fund distributions and liquidation proceeds are not predictable at the time of investment. For example, at times the funds may make distributions at a greater (or lesser) rate than the coupon payments received, which will result in the funds returning a lesser (or greater) amount on liquidation than would otherwise be the case. The rate of fund distribution payments may affect the tax characterization of returns, and the amount received as liquidation proceeds upon fund termination may result in a gain or loss for tax purposes.

During periods of reduced market liquidity or in the absence of readily available market quotations for the holdings of the fund, the ability of the fund to value its holdings becomes more difficult and the judgment of the sub-adviser may play a greater role in the valuation of the fund’s holdings due to reduced availability of reliable objective pricing data.

The funds’ use of a representative sampling approach will result in its holding a smaller number of securities than are in the underlying Index, and may be subject to greater volatility.

The Fund may invest in privately issued securities, including 144A securities which are restricted (i.e. not publicly traded). The liquidity market for Rule 144A securities may vary, as a result, delay or difficulty in selling such securities may result in a loss to the Fund.

Before investing, investors should carefully read the prospectus/summary prospectus and carefully consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. For this and more complete information about the fund call 800-983-0903 or visit for the prospectus/summary prospectus.

This does not constitute a recommendation of any investment strategy or product for a particular investor. Investors should consult a financial professional before making any investment decisions.

Shares are not individually redeemable and owners of the Shares may acquire those Shares from the fund and tender those Shares for redemption to the fund in Creation Unit aggregations only, typically consisting of 100,000 or 150,000 Shares.

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What are bond ladders?

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BulletShares ETFs are a suite of defined-maturity exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that enable investors and financial professionals to build customized portfolios tailored to specific maturity profiles, risk preferences, and investment goals. BulletShares are designed to combine the precision of individual bonds that have specific maturity dates with the potential advantages of ETFs such as diversification and transparency. BulletShares ETFs typically pay monthly distributions.

A bond ladder is built with individual bonds of varying maturities. As the bonds mature, the anticipated proceeds can be used for income needs or reinvested in new bonds that mature in subsequent years. Investors may use bond ladders to help create some predictability and stability regardless of market volatility and interest rate environments. Since they have specific maturity dates, investors can use BulletShares ETFs to build bond ladders without the time and expense of using individual bonds.

BulletShares ETFs can provide investors with an efficient way to establish potential protection from rising rates because the duration of the fund slowly rolls down to zero over the life of the ETF. Most traditional fixed income mutual funds and ETFs typically have a perpetual duration target, making them more sensitive to rising interest rates. Investors using BulletShares ETFs in bond ladders can also take advantage of rising interest rates by reinvesting the proceeds at maturity into BulletShares ETFs that mature in subsequent years and invest in bonds with higher interest rates.

BulletShares ETFs provide targeted exposure to investment-grade corporate bonds, high-yield corporate bonds, and municipal bonds. 

BulletShares ETFs have defined maturities to simulate the investor experience of buying and holding individual bonds to maturity for use in bond ladders and other strategies. BulletShares ETFs have designated years of maturities that are included in the ETF’s name. Each BulletShares ETF is designed to terminate in December of the designated year and make a final distribution at maturity. At each fund’s expected termination, the net asset value (NAV) of the ETF’s assets is distributed to investors without any action on their part.

As BulletShares ETFs approach maturity, their durations decrease. In the last six months of the ETF’s maturity year, it is anticipated that the bonds in the portfolio will either mature or be called. Proceeds for these events will then be held either in cash or in cash equivalents such as US Treasury bills or commercial paper.

As your BulletShares ETFs mature, you may want to consult with an investment professional and explore having the distribution proceeds invested in a BulletShares ETF in a subsequent maturity year.