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Van Eck rolled out another international high yield product this week, debuting its Market Vectors Emerging Markets High Yield Bond ETF (HYEM). The new fund will seek to replicate the BofA Merrill Lynch High Yield US Emerging Markets Liquid Corporate Plus Index, a benchmark that consists of debt from issuers in a number of developing economies.

As interest rates have remained near record lows, investors looking to generate meaningful yields form their portfolio have embraced fixed income securities besides Treasuries and high quality corporate debt. In many cases, that has meant increased allocations to junk bonds and international bonds, which often feature higher yields than otherwise similar domestic bonds. HYEM represents a way to tap into the fast-growing junk bond market outside of the U.S., potentially bringing geographic diversification to fixed income portfolios and delivering yet another option for investors seeking substantial yields.  [click to continue…]

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After capping off one of the strongest first quarters in 14 years, major benchmarks have stalled their rally, as conflicting data from all around the world has put markets in a rut. As we head into the summer months, investors will hope overarching issues, like European debt, will cool off but all indications point to Spain being the next Greece, so don’t expect that to happen anytime soon. Though the month was relatively busy for the financial world, the ETF universe moved along at a steady but moderate pace, with the introduction of 19 new products. Below, we outline all of the new launches from the month to keep you up to date on all of the latest offerings available [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:

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iShares continues to expand its suite of fixed income ETFs in 2012, rolling out a pair of ETFs that bring a new level of granularity to corporate bonds. The Baa-Ba Rated Corporate Bond Fund (QLTB) and B-Ca Rated Corporate Bond Fund (QLTC) will seek to replicate indexes comprised of bonds with specific credit ratings, segmenting […]

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Van Eck continued a recent trend of expansion in the junk bond ETF space today with the launch of a product that targets a unique segment of the high yield bond market. The new Market Vectors Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF (ANGL) will focus on debt that was originally rated as investment grade quality […]

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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 […]

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