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A Gold-Rated Bond Fund for Aggregate Bond Market Exposure

While it is conservative relative to peers in the core-plus Morningstar Category, this fund provides great aggregate bond market exposure.

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The iShares Core Total US Bond Market ETF (IUSB) tracks the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Universal Bond Index, which includes U.S.-dollar-denominated, fixed-rate, taxable bonds across the entire credit spectrum with at least one year until maturity. Charging just 0.06% annually, the fund is among the absolute cheapest in its category.

Morningstar’s new ratings framework, which places more emphasis on fees, has recognized this fund’s low expense ratio as a significant advantage over its peers. As a result of this updated analysis, we have upgraded its Morningstar Analyst Rating to Gold from Silver.

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Neal Kosciulek does not own shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.