SSgA Unveils Build America Bond ETF

May 13, 2010 ( – State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) has announced that the SPDR Nuveen Barclays Capital Build America Bond ETF (Symbol: BABS) began trading on the NYSE Arca on Thursday.

A news release said the municipal bond SPDR is the first new exchange traded fund developed under a sub-advisory agreement between State Street Global Advisors and Nuveen Investments subsidiary, Nuveen Asset Management. Its annual expense ratio is 0.35%.

Designed to provide investors with exposure to Build America Bonds, which can offer an attractive risk/reward potential when compared with equivalently rated corporate debt, the SPDR Nuveen Barclays Capital Build America Bond ETF seeks to track the performance of the Barclays Capital Build America Bond Index. As of April 30, 2010, the index provides exposure to 85 issues.

“Build America Bonds are a relatively new asset class; however, as investors and advisors have grown more familiar with these bonds, demand for diversified access to this segment of the municipal bond market has increased substantially,” said Anthony Rochte, senior managing director at State Street Global Advisors, in the news release.

The interest from Build America Bonds is subsidized by the U.S. Treasury.