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The iShares Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the Barclays Capital Emerging Markets Broad Local Currency Bond Index.
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- In Your Portfolio: A Guide to International and Emerging Market Government Bond ETFs
- Asset Class Performance: Bonds, Emerging Markets
Thursday, Nov 219:12 AM
Thursday, Nov 219:12 AM| Comment!
- Emerging market bond ETF investors worried about duration risk will have their first short-duration fund to choose from starting today with the launch of ProShares' Short-Term USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMSH). The fund has an expense ratio of 0.5%.
- The underlying index only selects paper with a fixed rate and maturity of 0-5 years, with a weighted average yield-to-maturity of three years or less. Sovereign, and corporate - both investment and speculative grade - will be included.
- As comparison, the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMB) has a 7-year effective duration.
- Corporate EM bond ETFs: EMCB, EMCD, HYEM, EMHY
- Government EM bond ETFs: EMB, PCY, ELD, EMLC, ILB, LEMB, ITIP, EBND, GTIP, PFEM
Wednesday, Nov 1311:33 AM
Wednesday, Nov 1311:33 AM| Comment!
- 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
Saturday, Sep 281:30 PM
Saturday, Sep 281:30 PM| Comment!
- "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
Thursday, Aug 1511:12 AM
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- Anything paying income is again being particularly hard hit by the rise in Treasury yields (the 10-year now at a 2-year high of 2.8%).
- Selections in mREITs (REM -2.1%), (MORT -1.9%) include RAIT Financial Trust (RAS -4.1%) - whose IRT had an ill-timed IPO yesterday and Ellington Residential (EARN -4.8%) - the market not caring about reasonable Q2 performance, a hefty discount to book, and the launch of a repurchase program. Other mREITs: CYS Investments (CYS -3.6%), Apollo (AMTG -3%), Newcastle (NCT -5%), Invesco (IVR -2.7%), Arlington Asset (AI -1.2%). A leveraged ETF play: MORL.
- Hanging in there relatively well are the BDCs: Fifth Street (FSC -1.3%), Triangle (TCAP -1%), MCG (MCGC -1.2%), Hercules (HTGC -1.2%), Ares (ARCC -0.3%).
- BDC ETFs: BDCS, BDCL, BIZD.
- In emerging markets fixed income, a trader takes note of EDD, a closed-end fund now trading at more than a 15% discount to NAV.
- Emerging market bond ETFs: EMB, LEMB, PCY, EMLC, ELD, PFEM, EBND, VWOB.
Thursday, May 911:14 AMPowerShares adds another to the emerging market debt ETF space, prepping the launch of the Fundamental Emerging Markets Local Debt Portfolio (PFEM), with annual cost of 0.50%. The fund will join a space anchored by PowerShares' own PCY, WisdomTree's ELD, and iShares' EMB. Others: LEMB, EMLC. |Thursday, May 911:14 AM| Comment!
Friday, May 37:04 AMEmerging Global Advisors files (I, II) to launch 12 new funds, including 6 bond funds - its first totally in-house fixed income strategies. Included in the equity offerings is the EM Dividend High Income ETF (possible competitors include: IDV, DEM), the EM Asia Consumer ETF, and the EM Equal Weight Sector ETF. Among the fixed income offerings are Investment Grade - short, intermediate, and long term ETFs (possible competitors include: EMB, LEMB, PCY). No ticker symbols or expense ratios are yet known, and it's possible not all 12 will make it to actual launch status. |Friday, May 37:04 AM| Comment!
Monday, Mar 184:57 AMRon Rowland offers additional highlights on the recently expanded lineup of commission-free ETFs over at Fidelity including the following caveat: Funds not held for 30 days by retail investors or 60 days by RIAs using Fidelity as a custodian will be subject to a $7.95 per-trade commission. Some RIAs have complained that the longer holding period directed at them is unfair. Rowland spells out the full list of affected ETFs here. |Monday, Mar 184:57 AM| Comment!
Wednesday, Feb 275:08 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). |Wednesday, Feb 275:08 AM| 3 Comments
Wednesday, Feb 65:04 PMVanguard plans the launch of an international aggregate bond ETF - the Vanguard Total International Bond Index Fund - by the end of Q2. More enticing, the fund will have a 0.20% expense ratio - less than the originally slated 0.30% - and a planned 0.25% purchase fee has been eliminated. |Wednesday, Feb 65:04 PM| Comment!
Thursday, Nov 292012, 11:24 AMThe hunt for yield moves to Mongolia, where the oft-rescued country pulls off a sale of $1.5B in 5 and 10-year notes at rates in the 4%-5% area. At nearly 20% of Mongolia's GDP, $1.5B is the equivalent of the U.S. borrowing $2.5T. A hot spot a couple of years ago, sliding commodity prices have hit the country hard, and the government finds itself borrowing from the central bank (called QE in the U.S.) to pay its bills. |Thursday, Nov 292012, 11:24 AM| Comment!
Thursday, Nov 12012, 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. |Thursday, Nov 12012, 3:34 PM| Comment!
Monday, Aug 132012, 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." |Monday, Aug 132012, 12:15 PM| 1 Comment
Wednesday, Jul 252012, 1:05 PMStable or shrinking yield premiums to Treasurys suggest some emerging market sovereign debt is emerging as a safe-haven play. Of note are Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia, but the Philippines and Indonesia are also on the list of those not necessarily selling off every time markets go into "risk off" mode. |Wednesday, Jul 252012, 1:05 PM| Comment!
Thursday, Apr 52012, 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) |Thursday, Apr 52012, 12:32 PM| 1 Comment
Tuesday, Mar 272012, 8:07 AMIn a "mildly reflating" world where deleveraging continues, Bill Gross suggests shorter-duration inflation protected bonds, dividend vs. growth stocks (also developing world vs. developed), and supply constrained commodities. Most of all, beware of levered strategies promising "double-digit returns that are difficult in a delevering world." |Tuesday, Mar 272012, 8:07 AM| 2 Comments
Monday, Feb 272012, 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. |Monday, Feb 272012, 3:51 AM| Comment!