Top money market fund manager Charles Schwab (NYSE: SCHW) has filed to launch ultrashort-duration bond ETFs as the nearly $3 trillion money market industry faces SEC reform measures.
Late last week, Schwab filed a registration statement to list three active bond ETFs that would provide alternatives to money market funds, Ignites.com reports.
The planned funds are Schwab TargetDuration 2-Month ETF, Schwab TargetDuration 9-Month ETF and Schwab TargetDuration 12-Month ETF. Fees have not been determined yet, according to the filing.
“The market for active ETFs continues to evolve, and as a sponsor, it’s important for us to maintain flexibility in order to remain relevant in the ETF space for the long term,” a Schwab spokeswoman told Ignites. [Ultra-Short-Duration Bond ETFs as a Cash Alternative]
PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity (NYSEArca: MINT) has been a popular ETF lately as a money fund substitute. Guggenheim Enhanced Short Duration Bond (NYSEArca: GSY) is another ETF in the category. [PIMCO Short-Duration ETF Tapped as Money-Fund Substitute]
Ultrashort-duration ETFs have found interest from investors worried about potential stricter rules for money market funds. Also, some investors are using them as cash-like holdings but with a bit of extra yield.
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