This was the year of bond ETF growth, with massive inflows into this asset class over the last few months. After the financial crisis, investors have flocked to this consistent and often high-yielding asset class. In the last month some have backed off as worries of the fiscal cliff spill over into investment practices, but this long-term market will still end this year with some of the highest cash inflow of the year [For updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].
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The hunt for yield continues to challenge investors of all walks in this historically ultra low-rate environment, although a certain breed of ETFs may offer a creative solution. Dividend investing is a staple strategy in any long-term portfolio and the evolution of the exchange-traded product structure has brought forth the benefits associated with monthly dividend distributions to ETF investors. [...]
Just a few years ago there were only a handful of bond ETFs available to U.S. investors, and almost all of them focused on securities from U.S. issuers denominated in U.S. dollars. One of the most noteworthy innovations to shape the ETF industry over the last several years has been a significant growth in international [...]
The year-end periods provides the ETF industry with a couple of opportunities to flex its collective muscle; performance comparisons generally tend to favor those products with lower expense ratios–a defining feature of exchange-traded funds. But early January also puts another benefit of exchange-traded products into focus: enhanced tax efficiency relative to traditional mutual funds. The [...]
The curtain is about to drop on 2011, a year that will go down as a record-breaking period for the rapidly-expanding ETF industry. More than 300 exchange-traded products began trading this year, with dozens of issuers rolling out new products. While some of the new additions bear a striking resemblance to more established products on [...]
2011 has been arguably one the busiest ever for the ETF industry, as we are on pace to break through 300 new launches for the year. As we rapidly approach 1,400 total funds in the space, it can be a daunting task to try and keep up with the tidal wave of new products that [...]
Interest in achieving fixed income exposure through exchange-traded funds has been a hot topic in recent years, with some advisors expressing serious concerns over the potential shortcomings in bond ETFs while others have fully embraced the efficiencies of the exchange-traded structure [see Are Bond ETFs Broken?].
iShares, the firm behind the most popular ETF in the Emerging Markets Bonds ETFdb Category, rolled out another similar product to complement EMB on Thursday. The new Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond Fund (LEMB) will offer investors exposure to debt of emerging markets issuers that is denominated in local currencies, such as the South Korean [...]
Van Eck beefed up its lineup of international bond ETFs today, rolling out a product focused on Chinese debt traded in the “Dim Sum” bond market in Hong Kong. The new Market Vectors Renminbi Bond ETF (CHLC) will seek to replicate an index comprised of investment grade debt that is denominated in renminbi and available [...]
Van Eck, one of the pioneers of ETFs offering exposure to international bond markets, has laid the groundwork for what would be yet another first-of-its-kind fixed income fund. In a recent SEC filing, the company detailed plans for the Market Vectors European Currency High Yield Bond ETF, a fund that would offer exposure to junk [...]
Van Eck, the firm behind the first ETF focusing exclusively on Latin American debt, made an SEC filing last week detailing plans to launch a fund covering China’s debt market. The proposed Market Vectors Dim Sum Bond ETF would invest in “Chinese yuan denominated debt obligations issued outside of mainland China by Chinese or non-Chinese [...]