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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 […]

Speculative-grade debt exchange traded fund (ETF) investors may be calling it quits after a three-month rally in junk bonds. The iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) experienced 27.8 million share redemptions, or about $2.6 billion in outflows, over the past four days, the longest losing streak since oil bottomed out on […]

As the European Central Bank embarks on a bond purchasing binge, the quantitative easing event has depressed yields across the Eurozone and pushed many toward riskier assets in search of higher payouts. Fixed-income investors may capitalize on the shift with high-yield international bond exchange traded funds that include European debt exposure. The ECB has enacted […]

Riskier speculative-grade debt and bond-related exchange traded funds have retreated over the past year and are trading at relatively attractive valuations. However, rising corporate default rates could bar the asset category from a full recovery. Junk bonds have rebounded alongside the equities market from the February lows. Year-to-date, the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF […]

While the Federal Reserve has revealed its intent to hike interest rates some time this year, fixed-income yields may remain depressed and bond related exchange traded funds could more room to run. On the upcoming webcast, Dynamic Fixed Income Strategies for 2016, David Mazza, Managing Director and Head of ETF & Mutual Fund Research at […]

As the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan implement aggressive quantitative easing measures, income-starved investors overseas are eyeing the relatively attractive yields in the U.S., potentially supporting U.S. corporate bonds and related exchange traded funds. Almost $8 trillion in global bonds have negative yields, which has pushed fund managers from around the world to […]

Speculative-grade debt or junk bond-related exchange traded funds have moved in lockstep with the energy market, falling and rising with the ebbs and flows of crude oil prices. High-yield bonds have been rallying since the February 11 low, the same day oil hit a nadir. Since the February low, the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond […]

High-yield, speculative-grade bond exchange traded funds are attracting billions of dollars as market volatility dissipates and investors look to capitalize on cheaper valuations in riskier assets after the recent sell-off. Investors funneled $2 billion into funds in high-yield and high-yield municipal debt peer groups over February, Todd Rosenbluth, S&P Global Market Intelligence Director of ETF […]