‘ High Yield ’

BlackRock reports near-record flows into bond ETFs during Q2 2017

Aug 8th, 2017 | By
YTD ETF flows in US poised to surpass 2016 total

The global bond ETF industry attracted $43.3 billion of net inflows in Q2 2017, just short of the industry record of $44.5bn set in Q1 2017, according to BlackRock’s Q2 Global ETF industry report. Stephen Cohen, head of fixed income beta at BlackRock, writes that the firm’s own ETF arm – iShares – captured $21.0bn (or 48.5%) of these net new assets with flows “driven by investor appetite for investment grade credit, emerging market debt and government bond funds.”



WisdomTree: How to hedge fixed income portfolios using ETPs

Aug 8th, 2017 | By
Nizam Hamid , ETF strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

By Nizam Hamid , ETF strategist at WisdomTree in Europe.

Fixed income has been at the heart of European investor portfolios for many years with average allocations in 2016 standing at 51%. Even in an environment of low or negative yielding domestic government bonds, overall allocations have remained high. Now eurozone government bond investors are overwhelmingly focused on the risks relating to the end of quantitative easing and the potential for a rise in interest rates at some point in 2018.



BlackRock: Three ways ETFs have revolutionized the bond market

Aug 2nd, 2017 | By
Matthew Tucker iShares BlackRock

By Matthew Tucker, head of iShares Americas fixed income strategy at BlackRock.

Fifteen years ago this week the first bond ETFs debuted, changing the way investors can access fixed income markets. At first, only four iShares bond ETFs were available, with just a small amount of assets and access limited to Treasuries and US investment grade credit. Today there are over 300 bond ETFs in the US with more than $500 billion in AUM, offering entry into almost every sector of the bond market. What brought about this exceptional growth?



Record Q2 dividends puts spotlight on UK income ETFs

Jul 19th, 2017 | By
Record Q2 UK dividends puts spotlight on income ETFs

UK companies distributed an all-time record £33.3 billion in dividends in the second quarter, comfortably beating the previous record of £29.1bn set in Q2 last year, according to research from Capita. The dividend windfall highlights the income-generating potential of UK stocks and is likely to enhance the appeal of UK income ETFs to yield-seeking investors.



Lyxor rolls out three fixed income ETFs on Borsa Italiana

Jul 18th, 2017 | By
Lyxor rolls out three fixed income ETFs on Borsa Italiana

Lyxor has launched three new fixed income ETFs on Borsa Italiana, the Lyxor BofAML EUR Short Term High Yield UCITS ETF (HYS), Lyxor BofAML $ Short Term High Yield Euro Hedged UCITS ETF (HYSTH) and the Lyxor $ Float Rate Note EUR Hedged UCITS ETF (FLOTH).



Lyxor launches short term high yield bond ETF on LSE

Jul 7th, 2017 | By
Lyxor launches short term high yield bond ETF on LSE

European ETF provider Lyxor has unveiled the Lyxor BofAML $ Short Term High Yield Bond UCITS ETF (HYST) on the London Stock Exchange, providing exposure to the performance of the short dated, US dollar-denominated sub-investment grade corporate bond market.



VanEck: Your emerging markets bonds allocation may now be “junk”

Jul 6th, 2017 | By
VanEck: Your emerging markets bonds allocation may now be “junk”

By Fran Rodilosso, head of fixed income ETF portfolio management at VanEck.

Investors are once again focusing on emerging markets credit risk given the recent high-profile ratings downgrades of China, Brazil, and South Africa.



VanEck cross-lists EM bond on SIX

Jul 6th, 2017 | By
Deutsche Asset Management is to cross-list the db X-trackers iBoxx USD Emerging Sovereigns Quality Weighted UCITS (EUR Hedged) ETF (XQUE) on the SIX Swiss Exchange.

Vaneck has cross-listed its VanEck Vectors JP Morgan EM Local Currency Bond UCITS ETF (EMLC) on the SIX Swiss Exchange where it trades in Swiss francs. Launched in Europe in April 2017, the fund tracks the JP Morgan Government Bond Index – Emerging Markets Global Core Index, a reference for the performance of bonds issued in local currencies by 16 emerging market governments.



BMO to launch three enhanced income equity ETFs

Jul 5th, 2017 | By
Chris McHaney, vice president & portfolio manager, BMO Global Asset Management

BMO Global Asset Management is planning to launch three new ETFs on the London Stock Exchange tracking the FTSE 100, Euro Stoxx 50 and S&P 500 indices while boosting portfolio income through the use of covered call overlay strategies. Chris McHaney, vice president & portfolio manager, BMO GAM, commented: “By using an options overlay that adds meaningful income while mitigating the opportunity cost of the strategy, the new ETFs offer the potential to achieve benchmark returns over the long term, with reduced volatility and higher current income.”



WisdomTree launches Canada aggregate bond ETF

Jun 26th, 2017 | By
WisdomTree launches Canada aggregate bond ETF

WisdomTree has unveiled the WisdomTree Yield Enhanced Canada Aggregate Bond Index ETF (Toronto: CAGG). The fund tracks the Bloomberg Barclays Canadian Aggregate Enhanced Yield Index, a rules-based index designed to provide exposure to Canadian investment grade bonds while enhancing yield.