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Bloomberg Barclays Bond Indexes Are Rebranded

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What You Need to Know

  • As of Aug. 24, all Bloomberg Barclays fixed income benchmark indices have been rebranded as Bloomberg Fixed Income Indices.
  • This ends a five-year transition period following Bloomberg's acquisition of Barclays Risk Analytics and Index Solutions.
  • The indexes are the foundation of many bond index funds and the benchmarks for many actively managed bond funds.

The Bloomberg Barclays bond indexes, which are the foundation for hundreds, if not thousands, of passive fixed income mutual funds and ETFs and the benchmark for many actively managed bond funds, have been rebranded.

As of Aug. 24, all Bloomberg Barclays fixed income benchmark indexes have been rebranded as Bloomberg Fixed Income Indices, marking the end of a five-year transition period following Bloomberg’s acquisition of Barclays Risk Analytics and Index Solutions (BRAIS) in August 2016. Bloomberg and Barclays had agreed that the co-branding would end after five years.

Flagship fixed income benchmarks such as the U.S. and Euro aggregate bond indexes are included in the rebranding along with the municipal, high yield, emerging market and inflation-protected indexes.

Moreover, Bloomberg Barclays MSCI Indices are now known as the Bloomberg MSCI ESG Fixed Income Indices, indicating a shift to focus on environmental, social and governance factors.

“Through the Bloomberg Fixed Income Indices, we will continue to enhance our index capabilities to evolve alongside the needs of our clients,” said Steve Berkley, CEO of Bloomberg Index Services Ltd., in a statement. “We are also focused on innovation in the indices space across asset classes, including equities, broader multi-asset, ESG and thematic capabilities, to best serve our clients for their individualized goals.”

Jeff Meli, Global Head of Research at Barclays, said. “We are confident that Bloomberg will continue to provide comprehensive solutions on benchmarking needs for investors and clients around the world, including Barclays, where we are pleased to continue to use these indices in our Fixed Income Research.”

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