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Defined-Maturity Bond ETFs For Higher Interest RatesTom Lydon • May. 9, 2013
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May. 28, 2014, 11:53 AM
- The iShares Interest Rate Hedged Corporate Bond ETF (LQDH) is an active ETF which will invest primarily in the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD) while mitigating the fund's interest rate risk exposure.
- The iShares Interest Rate Hedged High Yield Bond ETF (HYGH) is an active ETF which will invest primarily in the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) while mitigating the fund's interest rate risk exposure.
- Two target maturity date ETFs will also launch on the 29th: the iSharesBond Dec 2016 Corporate Term ETF (IBDF) and the iSharesBond Dec 2018 Corporate Term ETF (IBDH).
- Other high yield corporate bond ETFs: JNK, HYLD, SJB, HYHG, ANGL, HYLS, UJB, XOVR, THHY, QLTC
- Other corporate bond ETFs: CORP, CFT, QLTA, IGHG, COBO, IGS, CBND, IGU, QLTB
- Other target date corporate bond ETFs: BSCE, BSCF, BSCH, BSCG, BSCI, IBCE, IBCB, BSCK, IBCC, IBDC, BSCJ, BSCM, IBCD, IBDA, IBDB, BSCL, IBDD
Apr. 17, 2014, 1:19 PM
- The iShares MSCI UAE Capped ETF (UAE) and Qatar Capped ETF (QAT) were filed yesterday, a month before both countries will be reclassified from frontier markets to emerging by MSCI; the ETFs will track the equity markets of each.
- iShare also filed for the iSharesBond Dec 2016 Corporate Term ETF (IBDF), a fund which will track U.S. investment grade corporate bonds maturing at the end of 2016.
- Other ETFs focused on the Middle East: GULF, GAF, MES, PMNA
- Other Investment Grade U.S. Target Date ETFs: BSCE, BSCF, BSCH, BSCG, BSCI, IBCE, BSCK, IBCB, IBCC, IBDC, BSCJ, BSCM, IBDA, IBDB, IBCD, BSCL, IBDD
Apr. 1, 2014, 3:27 PM
- Investment-grade corporate paper returned 2.7% in in Q1 vs. a 1.42% gain for the MSCI World Index of stocks, the first time debt beat equities since Q2 of 2012. This follows stock gains of 27% last year while bonds fell 1.45%, and a near-universal outlook at the start of the year to rotate out of fixed-income and into equity.
- Junk bonds returned 2.86% in Q1.
- Helping, of course, is the decline in benchmark Treasury yields, but corporate balance sheets have improved, with at least some of that related to the rollicking stock market narrowing pension fund deficits.
- ETFs: LQD, VCSH, VCIT, VCLT, CORP, CSJ, CIU, CFT, SCPB, LWC, BSCE, BSCF, CLY, ITR, QLTA, BSCH, BSCG, IGHG, BSCI, PFIG, SLQD, IBCE, IBCB, BSCK, IGS, IBCC, BSCJ, BSCM, CBND, IBDC, IBDA, QLTB, IBCD, IBDB, BSCL, IBDD, IGU
Feb. 25, 2014, 2:14 AM
- Cisco Systems (CSCO) has raised $8B in the largest corporate-bond sale so far this year and the biggest for investment-grade notes since Verizon sold $49B worth of debt in September.
- Cisco plans to use the money to finance stock buybacks and dividends, and to repay $3.75B of notes that mature this year.
- Cisco sold debt in seven parts with fixed- and floating-rate securities, with yields ranging from 1.1% to 3.625%.
- Moody's rates Cisco at A1 and S&P at AA-.
- While Cisco "hasn't had smooth sailing from the equity perspective," says money manager Thomas Chow, "there's overwhelming demand...for well-known issuers with strong fundamentals." Cisco "has a large cash balance and a dominant position in product lines that aren’t going to disappear overnight," Chow adds. (PR)
- ETFs: FLOT, BSCE, BSCF, FLTR, FLRN, BSCH, BSCG, BSCI, IBCE, IBCB, BSCK, IBCC, BSCJ, BSCM, IBDC, IBDA, IBDD, IBDB, IBCD, BSCL
Sep. 25, 2013, 7:06 AM
- Simon Property Group (SPG) is the latest in a string of issuers raising money in European debt markets as the yield discount to U.S. paper nears its widest in 4.5 years. Simon is selling €750M of seven-year notes yielding 75 bps over swaps, about 122 bps better than it could get in the States.
- Behind the widening is monetary policy - the Fed is making noises about pulling back from stimulus, while the ECB isn't yet close to that point.
- U.S. high yield ETFs: HYG, JNK, PHB, HYLD, HYS, SJB, UJB, SJNK, ANGL, BSJG, BSJH, BSJI, QLTC, XOVR.
- Int'l high yield: IHY, HYXU, PGHY.
- U.S. investment grade ETFs: U.S.: LQD, CBND, CORP, FLTR, FLRN, ITR, LWC, SCPB, VCIT, VCLT, VCSH, IGU, IGS, CSJ, QLTA, QLTB, BSCI, BSCJ, BSCK, BSCL, BSCM.
- International investment grade: PICB, IBND, IBCB, IBCC, IBCD, IBCE, IBDA, IBDB, IBDC, IBDD.
Sep. 24, 2013, 3:39 PM
- Guggenheim adds to its target-date maturity fund lineup, launching the BulletShares 2019 High Yield Corporate ETF (BSJJ) and the BulletShares 2020 High Yield Corporate ETF (BSJK). Both have expense ratios of 0.42%.
- YTD the BulletShares product suite AUM has grown to $1.9B, an increase of 107%.
- The others: BSCD, BSCE, BSCF, BSCG, BSCH, BSCI, BSCJ, BSCK.
- iShares has its own line: IBCB, IBCC, IBCD, IBCE.
Aug. 26, 2013, 10:05 AM
- With interest rates on the rise, corporate treasurers are shelving plans to raise money, with just $61B in corporate debt issued globally thus far in August - on course for the weakest month since 2008, according to Dealogic. In August 2012, $121B was raised.
- Corporate bond issuance was running at a fast pace earlier this year, but Apple's $17B April offering in hindsight looks very much like a bell-ringer.
- Bankers are hopeful going forward, with one noting a backup in the pipeline. "The market has generally re-priced on the back of higher yields and we fully expect investors to have appetite at new levels."
- U.S. corporate bond ETFs: LQD, CBND, CORP, FLTR, FLRN, ITR, LWC, SCPB, VCIT, VCLT, VCSH, IGU, IGS, CSJ, QLTA, QLTB, BSCI, BSCJ, BSCK, BSCL, BSCM.
- International corporate bond ETFs: PICB, IBND, IBCB, IBCC, IBCD, IBCE, IBDA, IBDB, IBDC, IBDD.
Jul. 16, 2013, 9:51 AMGuggenheim will launch in Wednesday two more target-date maturity corporate debt ETFs set to mature in 2021 and 2022 - the BulletShares 2021 Corporate Bond ETF (BSCL), and the BulletShares 2022 Corporate Bond ETF (BSCM). Like others in the BulletShares line, the funds have expenses of 0.24%. The others: BSCD, BSCE, BSCF, BSCG, BSCH, BSCI, BSCJ, BSCK. Ishares has its own line: IBCB, IBCC, IBCD, IBCE. | Comment!
Jul. 10, 2013, 9:44 AMBlackRock expands its offerings of defined maturity corporate bond ETFs, launching the iShares 2016 (IBDA), 2018 (IBDB), 2020 (IBDC), and 2023 (IBDD) Corporate Term ETFs. The company in April launched 4 corporate ex-financial term ETFs (IBCB, IBCD, IBCC, IBCE), and they've seen 30% growth in AUM. (PR) | Comment!
Jul. 9, 2013, 9:23 AMThere are more losses ahead for corporate paper (LQD), says JPMorgan's Jan Loeys, noting corporates replaced Treasurys as the favored way to get exposure to duration. "Potential buyers don't have the same capacity to absorb credit risk." Credit spreads didn't protect against higher rates during the recent bond bust - corporates lost 3.4% since May 22 vs. a 2.6% decline in Treasurys, according to Bloomberg's Lisa Abramowicz. | Comment!
Jun. 18, 2013, 3:30 PM"Actively managed" and fixed income are the themes for the top new ETF asset gatherers this year. Leading the way is the SPDR Blackstone/GSO Senior Loan Fund (SRLN) - 2 months old and with $279M AUM. There's very little duration risk since yields on senior loans rise alongside interest rates. Number two is the Barclays Select MLP ETN (ATMP) with $136.5M AUM. Rounding out the top 7: IBCC, MINC, FPE, SYLD, VWOB. | Comment!
Apr. 19, 2013, 10:28 AMiShares launches four target-date maturity corporate bond funds today, expanding into an area currently occupied by Guggenheim's BulletShares ETFs. The iShares offerings - IBCB (2015), IBCC (2018), IBCD (2020), IBCE (2023) - come with a 0.10% price tag vs. Guggenheim's BSCD, BSCE, BSCF, BSCG, BSCH, BSCI, BSCJ, and BSCK at an expense ratio of 0.24%. | Comment!
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