Karen Veraa, CFA

Karen Veraa, CFA

Fixed Income Product Strategist

Karen Veraa, CFA, is a Fixed Income Product Strategist within BlackRock’s Global Fixed Income Group focusing on iShares fixed income ETFs. She concentrates on supporting iShares clients, generating content on fixed income markets and ETFs, developing new fixed income iShares ETF strategies, and partnering with the iShares team on product delivery. She writes about fixed income ETFs and trends in that sector.


Mrs. Veraa is also a regular author on the BlackRock blog and has been interviewed on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and BNN.


Prior to joining BlackRock, she was an investment research analyst at a Registered Investment Advisory firm in Seattle, providing investment solutions for high net worth clients. Mrs. Veraa began her career as a short-term funding trader in the treasury department of Washington Mutual Bank.


Mrs. Veraa earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin and is a CFA Charter holder.


Market Insights

Get more for your money with short-term bond ETFs

Oct 26, 2022 | Karen Veraa, CFA

Rising yields provide investors an opportunity to generate income and keep pace with inflation.

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Three types of ETFs that can help with rising interest rates

Sep 28, 2022 | Karen Veraa, CFA

Learn how you can use three types of ETFs to help mitigate rising interest rate risk in your portfolio.

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3 reasons investors should consider TIPS — even if inflation slows down

Sep 14, 2022 | Karen Veraa, CFA

TIPS offer investors a way to hedge against inflation and to diversify portfolios, as well as potential tax advantages.

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Bonds still have a big role to play in your portfolio

Sep 6, 2022 | Karen Veraa, CFA

The markets had a rough start to 2022 but bond ETFs provide a way to diversify portfolios, generate income and preserve capital. Learn more about how the right mix of bond ETFs can help meet your long-term investment goals.

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Why bond investors may find sanctuary in ‘fallen angels’

Aug 30, 2022 | Karen Veraa, CFA

Learn how some bonds become fallen angels, and why now may be a good time to invest.

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Riding the rising rate wave with floating rate notes

Jun 8, 2022 | Karen Veraa, CFA

Learn how floating rate notes may help protect bond portfolios when rates rise

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The opportunity for bond ETFs now

May 26, 2022 | Karen Veraa, CFA

Why some investors are turning to bond ETFs to navigate today’s challenging market environment.

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Bond laddering with iBonds® ETFs

Apr 25, 2022 | Karen Veraa, CFA

See how investors can use term maturity ETFs to build efficient bond ladders.

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Why bond fund fees matter

Mar 11, 2021 | Karen Veraa, CFA

Karen Veraa, CFA discusses how as rates change, bond expenses can eat up a meaningful percentage of portfolio’s yield. This article presents ways ETFs can help investors keep more of what they earn.