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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.


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.

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