Geared Short U.S. Treasury Bond Fund – Currency Hedged (hedge fund)


Geared short exposure to 10-year US Treasury Bonds.

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Fund objective

Betashares Geared Short U.S. Treasury Bond Fund (hedge fund) provides a simple way to generate magnified returns that are negatively correlated to 10-year US Treasury Bonds on a given day, hedged for currency exposure.

Fund strategy

The Fund invests its assets in cash and cash equivalents, and sells 10-year US Treasury Note Futures. The futures contracts reflect the returns of an underlying US Treasury Bond with 10 years to maturity.

A 1% fall in the value of the bond on a given day can generally be expected to deliver a 2.5% to 3.0% increase in the value of the Fund (and a corresponding decrease in the value of the Fund if the value of the bond rises by 1%).

The Fund’s portfolio exposure is actively monitored and adjusted to stay within a -2.5x to -3.0x range on any given day. The Fund’s returns will not necessarily be in the range -2.5x to -3.0x over periods longer than a day, due to the effects of rebalancing to maintain the Fund’s daily target short exposure range and compounding of investment returns over time.


The Fund’s returns over periods longer than one day may differ in amount and possibly direction from the daily target return range. This effect on returns over time can be expected to be more pronounced the more volatile the US Treasury Bond market, and the longer an investor’s holding period.


Investors should actively monitor their investment as frequently as daily to ensure it continues to meet their investment objectives.


Gearing magnifies gains and losses and may not be a suitable strategy for all investors. An investment in the Fund is very high risk in nature and should only be made by informed investors who fully understand the risks of gearing.

Benefits of BBFD

  • Adjust your interest rate risk

    You can use BBFD to make your existing fixed income portfolio less sensitive to movements in interest rates i.e. decrease your interest rate risk.

  • Leveraged exposure

    BBFD gives you the opportunity to make magnified gains when the prices of 10-year US Treasury Bonds fall (bond yields rise) on a given day, as well as the potential for magnified losses when the prices of those bonds rise (bond yields fall).

  • Simple to access

    BBFD provides a convenient, capital-efficient way to gain geared short exposure to 10-year US Treasury Bonds.

There are risks associated with an investment in BBFD, including market risk, gearing risk, rebalancing and compounding risk, and futures risk. Investment value can go up and down. An investment in the Fund should only be considered as a small part of a broader portfolio, taking into account your particular circumstances, including your tolerance for risk. For more information on the risks and other features of the Fund, please see the Product Disclosure Statement and Target Market Determination, both available on this website.


How to invest

  • You can buy or sell units just like any share on the ASX.
  • Fund requires no minimum investment.

Key facts

Pricing information

Current price
Last trade*
% Change (prev day)
Bid (delayed)
Offer (delayed)

* Data is delayed by at least 20 minutes.

NAV/Unit* $20.06

* As at 18 June 2024


Net assets* ($A) $1,083,009
Units outstanding* (#) 54,000
Management fee and cost** (p.a.) 0.99%
Distribution frequency Annual
Distribution reinvestment plan (DRP) Full or partial participation available

* As at 18 June 2024

* As of close of previous day
**Certain additional costs apply. Please refer to PDS.

Trading information

Market makers Susquehanna Pacific

Index information

Index N/A
Index provider N/A
Index ticker N/A
Bloomberg index ticker N/A

Portfolio composition

1 Cash & Cash Equivalents* 100%

* The Fund's Portfolio may comprise cash, cash equivalents and a short futures position in CME Ultra 10-year US Treasury Note Futures. For full details see our resources section.

Portfolio exposure

Exposure range (%) -250% to -300%
Current portfolio exposure* (%) -285.6%
Current gearing multiple** (x) -2.86
Current effective duration*** (yrs) -22.29

* As at 20 June 2024. Calculated as the Fund's short exposure to 10-year US Treasury Bonds as a percentage of the Fund's net asset value.
** Represents the Fund's approximate exposure, for the above date, to movements in the prices of 10-year US Treasury Bonds, as measured by the futures contracts held in the Fund. For example, if the Fund's gearing multiple is -2.75x and the prices of 10-year US Treasury Bonds go down 1% that day, the Fund would be expected to go up approximately 2.75% that day, before fees and expenses. The Fund is actively managed and the portfolio exposure will change on a daily basis, affecting returns over time.
*** Represents contract modified duration (a measure of the sensitivity of the futures contract value to a change in interest rates) multiplied by the current gearing multiple.

Holdings & allocation

Sector allocation

Short US Govt Bonds ~250% to 300%

* As of 31 May 2024


Fund returns after fees (%)

  Fund Index
1 month -3.85% 1.64%
3 months 6.17% -1.87%
6 months - -
1 year - -
3 year p.a. - -
5 year p.a. - -
10 year p.a. - -
Since inception (p.a.) 6.79% -1.77%
Inception date 4-Dec-23 -

* As at 31 May 2024.
Past performance is not an indicator of future performance. Returns are calculated in Australian dollars using net asset value per unit at the start and end of the specified period and do not reflect brokerage or the bid ask spread that investors incur when buying and selling units on the ASX. Returns are after fund management costs, assume reinvestment of any distributions and do not take into account tax paid as an investor in the Fund. Returns for periods longer than one year are annualised. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown.


Past performance is not indicative of future performance. Please refer to "Fund returns after fees" for additional information regarding performance/return information.


Yield information

12 mth distribution yield* -

You can elect DRP by logging into Link’s Investor Centre. Once you are logged in, please proceed to the 'Payments and Tax' tab and select ‘Reinvestment Plans'.

Recent distributions

Ex Date Record Date Payment Date Distribution Unit ($) Annual Distribution Return (%) (1)
- - - - -


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