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ProShares announced the launch this week of its German Sovereign/Sub-Sovereign ETF (GGOV), which will offer U.S. investors exposure to one of the world’s largest bond markets. The new ETF is linked to the Markit iBoxx EUR Germany Sovereign & Sub-Sovereign Liquid Index, a benchmark that consists of debt issued by the German government or by local governments and entities guaranteed by various German governments. To be eligible for inclusion in the underlying index, bonds must have a minimum time to maturity of one year and meet certain minimum principal outstanding guidelines as well. [click to continue…]

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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 bond products; as issuers have worked around concentration-related issues and other hurdles, the universe of bond ETPs targeting markets beyond U.S. borders has grown tremendously.

The current economic environment has no doubt contributed to the growth of international bond ETFs; paltry yields on U.S. debt and concerns over the long-term outlook for the euro have understandable sparked interest in ex-U.S. bonds as a way to both boost yields and diversify away some risk [see Better-Than-AGG Total Bond Market ETFdb Portfolio]. [click to continue…]

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The development of the bond ETF industry in recent years has been well documented; as investors have become more comfortable with the idea of achieving fixed income exposure through the exchange-traded structure, inflows to this corner of the market have grown significantly. Moreover, ETF issuers have gradually expanded the geographic reach of the bond ETF […]

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Top 10 Noteworthy ETF Trends Of 2011

by on December 26, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

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 […]

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2011: A Year Of ETF Firsts

by on December 6, 2011

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 […]

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After a bit of a summer slowdown, product development activity in the ETF industry has regained full speed. After a busy October, the month of November also saw the debut of a number of first-to-market ideas from a variety of ETF issuers, as well as a continued filling of the product pipeline with some intriguing […]

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Euro Bond ETFs: Big Yields, Big Risks

by on November 30, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

Europe has been in the spotlight throughout the last several months as the continent has fought an increasingly desperate battle to ward off a wave of sovereign debt defaults that could ultimately lead to the end of the euro. While much of the attention–particularly from international investors–has focused on tumbling stocks, bond markets across the […]

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Six Noteworthy ETF Innovations

by on November 16, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

Since the ETF industry was conceived in 1993, innovation has been a hallmark of this rapidly-expanding corner of the investing landscape. Thanks to a unique structure that allows for liquidity, transparency, and tax efficiency, ETFs have quickly and consistently taken market share from other types of securities, bringing newfound flexibility to all types of portfolios. […]

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Euro Drama Far From Gone

by on November 12, 2011

European debt woes dominated headlines all of last week yet again as investor worries over the debt burdened currency bloc continue to weigh down on the markets. Euphoria swept over the markets after Berlusconi’s resignation announcement earlier in the week, paving the way higher for European and U.S. equities alike.  However, fear quickly returned the […]

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Bond fund giant PIMCO continued the string of impressive innovation that has produced a robust lineup of international bond ETFs this week, rolling out a pair of new funds focusing on fixed income securities from German and Canadian issuers. The two new ETFs, both of which are indexed products, join an Australian bond ETF that […]

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PIMCO, the bond fund giant that has made a push into the ETF space in recent years, rolled out the first international bond ETF in its lineup this week with the debut of the Australia Bond Index Fund (AUD). The new ETF will seek to replicate the BofA Merrill Lynch Diversified Australia Bond Index, a […]

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