This ETF offers exposure to the global high yield bond market, making GHYG one of many options available to investors looking to gain access to junk bonds. GHYG could be a component of a long-term, buy-and-hold portfolio, especially since many broad-based bond ETFs focus only on the investment grade segment of the market. This ETF could also be a useful tactical tool for beefing up current returns or increasing the risk exposure within a fixed income portfolio.
Junk bonds have potential to deliver substantial returns, though they are subject to significant volatility in certain environments. For investors with the tolerance for such risk, GHYG offers a way to tap into an asset class that has tremendous potential but is often overlooked or underweighted in portfolios.
Most of the ETFs in the High Yield Bonds ETFdb Category focus exclusively on debt of U.S. issuers; by contrast, GHYG includes international securities as well. It should be noted, however, that there is a huge tilt towards the U.S., with U.S. issuers accounting for the majority of exposure. Moreover, the international component is dominated by Canada and Western Europe, with little or no weight afforded to emerging markets or developed Asian economies. For those looking to access junk bonds elsewhere in the world, EMHY and HYXU might be useful tools for ex-U.S. exposure.