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Wed, Nov. 5, 1:27 PM
- The First Trust Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (NASDAQ:FEMB) is an active fund that seeks to maximize total return and income, while also minimizing volatility, by investing in bonds that are denominated in the issuer's local currency.
- Another active fund, the First Trust Low Duration Mortgage Opportunities ETF (NASDAQ:LMBS) will invest at least 80% of its net assets in investment-grade, mortgage-related debt securities and other mortgage-related instruments in the search of current income for investors.
- "These funds provide a strategy for investors to gain exposure to two fixed income sectors in which we believe in-depth research and analysis, along with ongoing surveillance, can add significant value for investors," said Ryan Issakainen, CFA, Senior Vice President and ETF Strategist at First Trust, in a press release.
- The third fund launched by the group today was the First Trust International IPO ETF (NASDAQ:FPXI), which tracks a basket of the 50 largest and typically most liquid companies that are domiciled outside the U.S. within the IPOX Global Composite Index.
- Other emerging market bond ETFs: EMB, PCY, ELD, EMLC, VWOB, LEMB, EMAG, EBND, EMSH
- Other mortgage REIT ETFs: REM, MORL, MORT
- Other IPO ETFs: FPX, IPO, IPOS
Tue, Jul. 1, 3:45 AM
- Emerging market bond sales have soared past analyst estimates for the first half of 2014, as investors flock to higher yields. $268B of bonds sold so far this year, compared to the $240B sold in the same period of 2013.
- Due to a dovish Fed, U.S. yields have fallen this year to 2.5% from end-2013 levels of 3%. As a result, increased demand for higher yield has investors trading emerging market bonds despite geo-political risks.
- ETFs: EMB, PCY, ELD, EMLC, EMCB, VWOB, EMCD, HYEM, EMHY, LEMB, EMAG, CEMB, EBND, PFEM, EMSH, SEMF, IEMF, LEMF
Tue, Jan. 7, 12:12 PM
- The EGShares TCW EM Short Term Investment Grade Bond ETF (SEMF), Intermediate Term Investment Grade Bond ETF (IEMF), and Long Term Investment Grade Bond ETF (LEMF) will begin trading on January 8th; offering exposure to both sovereign and corporate bonds.
- Each new fund will charge 0.65%, which is above the average expense ratio for this sector, but few funds currently offer specific duration exposure to emerging market bonds.
- Other emerging market bond ETFs: EMB, PCY, ELD, EMLC, EMCB, VWOB, ILB, EMCD, LEMB, ITIP, EBND, EMAG, GTIP, PFEM, EMSH
Nov. 13, 2013, 11:33 AM
- Market Vectors files paperwork for the Emerging Markets Aggregate Bond ETF EMAG, with an after-fee-waiver annual expense ratio of 0.49%.
- The fund will hold both sovereign and corporate, and both investment grade and high-yield paper from a large number of emerging market countries. At the end of Q3, the tracked index held about 1,800 bonds from a total of 694 issuers.
- Market Vectors' Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (EMLC) has just over $1B in AUM.
- Related ETFs: EMB, PCY, ELD, EMLC, ILB, LEMB, ITIP, EBND, GTIP, PFEM, EMCB, EMCD, HYEM, EMHY
Oct. 4, 2013, 1:47 PM
- Market Vectors announced earlier this week that it's popular fund for Latin American bond exposure will undergo a number of changes, including a new name, ticker, and index.
- BONO will be rebranded later this year as the Market Vectors Emerging Markets Aggregate Bond ETF and trade under the ticker EMAG to reflect the new investment objective; to seek and track the price and performance of the Market Vectors EM Aggregate Bond Index.
- Ed Lopez, Marketing Director with Market Vectors in the recent press release, "we are seeking to introduce an efficient means for investors to gain access to a broad exposure of emerging markets bonds in a single ETF."
- Effected ETFs: ILF, GML, FLN, EMB, PCY
Oct. 4, 2013, 8:51 AM
- On or about December 10, the Market Vectors LatAm Aggregate Bond ETF (BONO) will be renamed the Emerging Markets Aggregate Bond ETF, with new symbol EMAG.
- As the name change suggests, the fund will have a new investment objective: Along with Latin American debt, the fund will hold Asian, Eastern European, and African paper as well.
- EMAG is expected to have a net expense ratio of 0.49%, the same as BONO.
Sep. 28, 2013, 1:30 PM
- "Sovereign emerging-market yields today are consistent with their averages between 2003 and 2007, but U.S. Treasury rates are only about half as high," writes Shuli Ren, in a bullish piece on emerging-market debt.
- The premise is simple: 17 consecutive weeks of EM bond fund outflows has "flooded out irrational exuberance that had piled up over the winter and spring" and brought the market back down to earth, even as institutional demand has remained strong, suggesting retail investors have overreacted to taper talk.
- With the Fed still striking a highly accommodative tone, emerging-market debt could rally as investors discover the relatively attractive valuations.
- ETFs - EMB, LEMB, PCY, EMLC, ELD, PFEM, EBND, VWOB; Asia: ALD; Latin America: BONO
Feb. 27, 2013, 5:08 AMArgentina is due to appear in a New York Appeals Court today, when it will try to persuade the judge to reverse a ruling that it pay $1.3B to investors that refused to accept the country's debt restructuring after it defaulted 2001. The case could "create unrest in the credit markets and result in cascades of litigation," says Bank of New York Mellon (BK). | 3 Comments
Nov. 1, 2012, 3:34 PMYield-starved investors are moving assets into emerging-market corporate debt ETFs, and the industry responds by upping the number of products offered to 10 from just 3 at the end of 2011. There's still plenty of room for growth - in total, such ETFs (a selection here) have about $1B AUM with the size of the EM corporate debt market at $776B. The largest U.S. corporate debt ETF, LQD alone has about $25B AUM. | Comment!
Aug. 13, 2012, 12:15 PMEmerging debt remains remains frothy despite growing economic headwinds, writes Mike Riddell, noting an issue of long-term Peruvian debt last week hit a yield spread to Treasurys of just 109 bps. Given the bid-ask on this illiquid paper is 100 bps, it is pricing in almost no credit risk. It's pre-2008 territory. "Bubbletastic." | 1 Comment
Apr. 17, 2012, 2:53 AMIf China grows "only" 7.5% this year, Latin America will likely feel the pain, as China has become one of the largest trading partners for many Lat.Am. countries and has helped open Asia as an export market. In Brazil, exports to China have increased more than forty fold since 2000, growth that is likely unsustainable as China slows. | Comment!
Apr. 5, 2012, 12:32 PMA new offering of ETFs offers high yield investors greater international - both developed and emerging - exposure. EMHY is designed to track the Morningstar Emerging High Yield Bond Index, the HYXU sticks to developed countries, and the GHYG adds international (developed) exposure to the popular HYG. (PR) | 1 Comment
Feb. 27, 2012, 3:51 AMOpinions are diverging among big bond funds about emerging-market debt, with some funds piling in as others pull out, and both sides unsure of the ultimate impact Europe's debt crisis will have on global growth. Investors, meanwhile, poured a net $2B into emerging-market debt in January, up 72% from Jan. 2011 and up 167% from Jan. 2009. | Comment!
Jan. 6, 2012, 1:42 PMFollow the Shanghai Composite as it's been an excellent leading indicator for U.S. stocks, says Jeff Gundlach in his 2012 outlook. Turning to the bond market, he's bullish on the greenback, putting most of his funds in dollar-denominated assets, but also nibbling at emerging market credit (EMB). As for high yield (HYG), he doesn't believe it's yet cheap enough. | Comment!
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Market Vectors Emerging Markets Aggregate Bond ETF (EMAG) seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of Market Vectors EM Aggregate Bond Index (MVEMAG). The Index is comprised of sovereign bonds and corporate bonds denominated in U.S. dollars, Euros or local emerging markets currencies, and includes both investment grade and below investment grade rated securities.
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