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Of the nearly two dozen products in the High Yield Bonds ETFdb Category, it is two broad-based funds that account for the bulk of assets; HYG and JNK are by far the most popular choices in this asset class. But they are hardly the only ETF options for exposure to junk bonds; there are options for achieving very granular exposure in terms of regional exposure with products such as EMHY (emerging markets) and HYXU (global ex-U.S.). Similarly, those looking to fine tune duration have the suite of BulletShares products from Guggenheim (BSJC through BSJH) as well as funds such as SJNK

Now, thanks to both recent and more dated innovations, there are options for focusing in on a specific stretch of the credit risk spectrum as well. When it comes to junk bond ETFs, there are now several shades of credit risk, from the relatively high quality to the downright speculative. In other words, there are now ETFs for tapping into various corners of the junk bond market, from borderline-default to borderline-investment grade. 

Below, we profile a handful of junk bond ETFs that might be appealing to those looking to micro-manage their risk and return profiles [for more ETF insights, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]: [click to continue…]

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June saw yet another period of strong growth in the ETF lineup, with multiple issuers rolling out new products over the past several weeks. While the pace has certainly slowed from the winter months, there is no shortage of new activity in the space, including a number of first-to-market products that are now hitting the market. 

Last month saw the continuation of a trend from the first five months of the year: growth in fixed income funds. Several issuers launched new bond ETFs last month, continuing to build out that part of the product lineup. Among the new additions are a “crossover” corporate bond ETF and another emerging markets corporate bond fund. The commodity front is also quite active; during the past few weeks we’ve seen the launches of ETFs focused on oil sands, MLPs, and metals, as well as a broad-based fund from a financial giant making the leap into the ETP industry.  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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The innovation continues to impress in the ETF industry, particularly in the fixed income corner of the market. Earlier this week, State Street launched two additional bond ETFs, including a fund that targets both major “buckets” of the corporate bond market and a fund that will focus on debt of emerging markets companies.

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The reasons for the rise of the ETF industry are numerous: intraday liquidity, (potentially) superior tax efficiency, and enhanced transparency relative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds have all contributed to the billions of dollars of inflows that these funds have seen in recent years. But the real attraction for most ETF investors is the reduced […]

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