Market Vectors Launches Defaulted, Distressed Bond Index

Market Vectors Index Solutions, the indexing arm of the ninth-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, launched the Market Vectors-Altman Default & Distressed Bond Index (MVRCOV) on Wednesday.

The index is designed to track the performance of the defaulted and distressed bond markets in the U.S. and Canada and is denominated in U.S. dollars.

Market Vectors worked in conjunction with Ed Altman, director of research in credit and debt markets at the New York University Salomon Center for the Study of Financial Institutions, on the new index. The issuer previously filed plans for the Market Vectors-Altman Default & Distressed Bond ETF. [Distressed Debt ETF in the Works]

Investments in either distressed or defaulted bonds can potentially generate robust returns in short periods. For example, the investments would benefit if a company quickly bounces back after a bankruptcy.

The index currently holds 162 defaulted or distressed bonds, with 153 hailing from U.S. issuers. Financial services is the index’s largest sector weight at 27.3% with communications and consumer discretionary combining for another 34.4%, according to Market Vectors data.

Duration, yield to worst and average years to maturity data are not currently available. About 31% of the index’s holdings have maturities ranging from three to five or five to seven years.