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iShares introduced a pair of new ETFs this week that offer exposure to junk bonds from issuers outside the U.S., opening a new segment of the global fixed income market that had previously been difficult to access. The two new funds include a product that targets junk bonds from emerging markets as well as a global ex-U.S. product that includes both developed and emerging market exposure:

  • Emerging Markets High Yield Bond Fund (EMHY)
  • Global ex USD High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (HYXU)

Under The Hood: EMHY

EMHY will seek to replicate the Morningstar Emerging Markets High Yield Bond Index, a benchmark that consists of dollar-denominated bonds issued by companies in emerging markets that are below investment grade. The underlying index consists of about 170 individual securities and has an effective duration of about six years. The yield to maturity for the index is about 7.3% [see also Bond ETFs For Every Objective].  [click to continue…]

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iShares Beefs Up Bond ETF Lineup

by on February 16, 2012 | Updated April 10, 2012

iShares continued to expand its suite of exchange-traded products this week with the debut of seven new bond ETFs. The new offering includes the first products available to U.S. investors that offer sector-specific exposure to the corporate bond market. The new ETFs are:

  • iShares Barclays U.S. Treasury Bond Fund (GOVT)
  • iShares Aaa – A Rated Corporate Bond Fund (QLTA)
  • iShares Barclays CMBS Bond Fund (CMBS)
  • iShares Financials Sector Bond Fund (MONY)
  • iShares Industrials Sector Bond Fund (ENGN)
  • iShares Utilities Sector Bond Fund (AMPS)
  • iShares Barclays GNMA Bond Fund (GNMA)
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