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Credit spreads on speculative-grade junk bonds have rallied back to levels last seen before the sell-off in 2015. Huge oscillations in oil prices have caused spreads to widen in recent weeks, but junk bond investors who are wary of credit risk among the more leveraged oil producers can turn to a relatively new high-yield, ex-energy […]

Speculative-grade debt and junk bond-related exchange traded funds have made a quick turnabout as crude oil prices oscillate from a bear to bull market in less than a month. In seven months last year, U.S. energy junk bonds lost $56.7 billion in market value, with average yields shooting up to as high as 21%, as […]

Despite all the misgivings about riskier assets in a volatile year, speculative-grade debt related exchange traded funds have steadily strengthened as yields on junk bonds dip to levels not seen since last summer. Year-to-date, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) and the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK), […]

With the Bank of England now joining the bond purchasing spree, the additional accommodative measures will likely add further pressure on global borrowing costs, potentially supporting Treasuries and corporate bond exchange traded funds as international investors look to U.S. debt as a more attractive source of yields. Following the European Central Bank’s footsteps of buying […]

Speculative-grade, junk bond exchange traded funds are beginning to slip as plunging oil prices renew default concerns for highly leveraged, high cost crude oil producers. Over the past week, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) and the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK), the two largest high-yield corporate […]

Investors have turned to investment-grade corporate bond exchange traded funds for their more attractive yields over depressed payouts in government debt and relatively safety over higher-yielding assets. For instance, the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond (LQD) has a 8.59 year duration and a 2.84% 30-day SEC yield, compared to the 1.50% yield on […]

Many expected a post-Brexit environment would weigh on sentiment and push investors toward safer assets. However, exchange traded funds that track stocks and riskier assets continued to draw investors over July, with the S&P 500 and emerging market exposure among the standouts. The benchmark S&P 500 index reached a new all-time intraday high of 2,177.13 […]

In a world filled with easing liquidity and depressed rates, investors funneled billions into fixed-income exchange traded funds to capitalize on central bank action and squeeze out more yields. Globally, yield-hungry investors threw $124 billion into bond ETFs so far this year, reports Rochelle Toplensky for the Financial Times. Among the most popular U.S.-listed ETFs […]

High-yield, speculative-grade corporate bond exchange traded funds have gotten a lot of flak over perceived liquidity issues, especially if investors experience periods of extreme market stress. However, junk bond ETFs have proven to be sufficiently liquid as more investors eschew the primary markets for the ETF investment vehicle instead. “ETFs that track iBoxx indices have seen […]

As global government bond yields slipped deeper into the red, investors piled into relatively more attractive yield-generating U.S. corporate bond exchange traded funds. Global bond funds attracted $14.4 billion in net inflows, with U.S. bonds receiving $7.8 billion, over the past week, reports Joe Rennison for the Financial Times. The sudden influx into U.S. fixed-income […]

With yields depressed all around, investors may find that corporate bond exchange traded funds offer some of the best yields around in the investment-grade debt category. For instance, the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: LQD) has a 8.58 year duration and a 2.97% 30-day SEC yield, Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF […]

Amidst the Brexit induced shakeup, speculative-grade high-yield bond exchange traded funds attracted huge inflows as an extended low-rate outlook bolstered the case for yield-generating assets. Following the United Kingdom’s Brexit tally, investors piled $291 million into the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG), reports Rachel Evans for Bloomberg. Over the past […]

In the ongoing search for yield, exchange traded fund investors may consider diversifying with emerging market bonds to generate more attractive payouts. Supporting the global fixed-income market, central banks have implemented zero and even negative interest rate policies, along with other accommodative measures, that have pushed yields over $10 trillion in global debt into the […]

On the heels of BlackRock iShares’ new fallen angel bond fund, VanEck slashed the management fees for its popular bond exchange traded fund that tracks downgraded debt securities initially issued with an investment-grade rate. On Monday, VanEck announced the expense ratio for the VanEck Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: ANGL) will be lowered to […]

With mounting uncertainty over speculative-grade debt markets, Direxion Investments has expanded its line of inverse and leveraged exchange traded funds to include a high-yield, junk bond option. The recently launched Direxion Daily High Yield Bear 2X Shares (NYSEArca: HYDD) tries to reflect the daily performance of -2x or -200% performance of the Barclays U.S. High […]

BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) has expanded its line of iShares fixed-income exchange traded funds to include two more speculative-grade options that help bond investors target so-called fallen angels and the high-yield market sans energy exposure. The iShares Fallen Angels USD Bond ETF (NasdaqGM: FALN) and iShares iBoxx $ High Yield ex Oil & Gas Corporate Bond […]

Speculative-grade, junk bond exchange traded funds are seeing greater interest from foreign investors targeting high-yield U.S. corporate debt as international yields spiral lower. The iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) and the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK) both gained 2.8% over the past month, and the funds have […]

Foreign central banks have enacted aggressive bond purchasing programs that have pushed down yields. As foreign investors seek out better returns, U.S. corporate bonds and related exchange traded funds have benefited from their relatively more attractive yields. Hans Mikkelson, Bank of America Corp. credit strategist, pointed out that a scarcity of yields in foreign developed […]

The European Central Bank is expanding its quantitative easing program to include corporate debt as a way to stimulate its economy. As demand for Eurozone debt rises, investors can look to international corporate bond exchange traded funds to capitalize on the momentum. The accommodative measures, bond purchasing programs and and even negative interest rate policies […]

Fixed-income investors may want to diversify into international corporate bond exchange traded funds that have large Eurozone exposure as the European Central Bank expands its bond purchasing program to include corporate debt. The ECB will be hoarding euro-denominated investment-grade bonds with maturities of over six months and up to 30 years from companies incorporated within […]

Investment-grade corporate bond exchange traded funds could maintain their momentum on improving fundamentals. Year-to-date, the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: LQD) gained 5.8%, Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: VCIT) rose 4.9% and SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: ITR) advanced 3.5%. Related: 28 ETFs for Investment-Grade Corporate Bond […]

A speculative-grade, junk bond exchange traded fund has experienced extreme ebbs and flows in assets under management, reflecting banks and institutions’ reliance on a high-yield bond ETF to access the underlying debt market. Over the past month, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) experienced record-breaking daily withdrawals, despite its relatively […]

Investors looking into high-yield bonds to augment their fixed-income portfolio may consider a fallen angel speculative-grade debt-related exchange traded fund. On the recent webcast, Fine Tune Your High Yield Strategy, Francis Rodilosso, Portfolio Manager at VanEck, explained that recent and potential sector growth will contribute to support fallen angel bonds and related VanEck Fallen Angel High […]

Investors interested in the high-yields of junk bonds but are wary of potential credit risks can turn to a group of “fallen angels” bond-related exchange traded fund (ETF). On the upcoming complimentary webcast this Thursday, Fine Tune Your High Yield Strategy, Francis Rodilosso, Portfolio Manager at VanEck, will help explain the group of fallen angels […]

A rising interest rate environment will weigh on fixed-income portfolios. Bond traders do not need to sacrifice yield-generation to diminish rate risk. Instead, investors can look to rate-hedged or zero-duration bond exchange traded funds. A relatively new breed of interest rate-hedged, zero duration ETFs hold long-term bonds, but they will simultaneously short Treasuries or Treasury […]

In anticipation of a rising interest rate environment, fixed-income investors should consider exchange traded funds that track floating rate notes. Should expectations of higher interest rates gain momentum, it would not be surprising to see investors embrace floating rate exchange traded funds as additions to fixed income portfolios. Related: 41 Target Maturity Bond ETFs for […]

As the U.S. braces for a rising interest rate environment, exchange traded fund (ETF) investors may adopt a bond ladder strategy to hedge against the risks through maturity- or target-date ETF options. With the Fed intent on hiking rates ahead, investors can implement a bond laddering strategy through defined-maturity bond funds to hedge their fixed-income positions. […]

Bond investors who are wary of dipping too far into junk bond territory but want better yield payouts than Treasuries may consider investment-grade corporate bond exchange traded funds. Currently, credit spreads are falling. Looking at corporate bonds, the diminish spread between government Treasury yields and corporate debt yields reflects investors’ lower perceived risks ahead. The […]

Junk bond exchange traded funds may still have legs as underperforming active managers help support prices. Speculative-grade, junk bonds have rallied off the February lows as some saw default risks, notably those associated with the energy sector, dissipate in light of rising crude oil prices. Year-to-date,  the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK) […]

Speculative-grade, junk bonds have staged an impressive recovery from the February lows, but face mounting risks, notably from commodity producers. Investors, though, can diminish credit risks associated to more troubled areas through targeted high-yield bond exchange traded funds. The junk bond market faces heightened default risks ahead. According to Moody’s Investor Service, default rate for […]