Market Vectors Launches Emerging Markets High Yield Bond ETF (HYEM)
Market Vectors ETF Trust announced today that it has launched its Emerging Markets High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:HYEM), the first exchange-traded fund (ETF) designed to focus solely on the U.S. dollar (USD)-denominated non-sovereign segment of the EM high-yield bond market – a segment that has grown 265 percent since 2003, according to data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
HYEM seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of The BofA Merrill Lynch High Yield US Emerging Markets Liquid Corporate Plus Index (EMHY), which is comprised of U.S. dollar-denominated bonds issued by non-sovereign emerging market issuers that are rated below investment grade. In order to qualify for inclusion in the Index, an issuer must have risk exposure to countries other than members of FX G10, defined as including Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as all Western European countries and territories of the U.S. and Western European countries.
“This corner of the high-yield debt market has grown significantly in recent years and investor exposure may not have kept pace,” said Francis Rodilosso, Portfolio Manager with Market Vectors. “For investors seeking yield this is significant as USD-denominated EM high yield corporate bonds are currently generating higher yields than USD-denominated EM high-yield sovereign bonds and U.S. high-yield corporates.1” In addition to their competitive yields, EM corporate high-yield bonds have had historically lower default rates than similar debt instruments issued in the U.S.2, added Mr. Rodilosso.
Mr. Rodilosso also notes that investing in emerging market high-yield debt, and high-yield securities in general, is not without risks, including the inherent volatility of high-yield security prices, changes in interest rates, currency risks, extreme volatility, political uncertainty, and more.
“Existing EM high-yield bond ETFs tend to focus on sovereign debt. With HYEM, the emphasis is on USD-denominated corporate debt, which now accounts for over 10% of the global high-yield corporate bond market3,” said Edward Lopez, Marketing Director with Market Vectors. “Through this fund, investors now have a simple, transparent way to add targeted exposure to this segment of the high-yield market.”
HYEM joins a series of innovative Market Vectors ETFs focused on underrepresented areas of the high-yield bond market including International High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:IHY) and Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:ANGL). These ETFs allow investors to gain exposure to important segments of the high-yield market that, in the past, may have been difficult to access.
HYEM, Market Vectors’ 49th ETF, has a gross expense ratio of 0.53 percent and a net expense ratio of 0.40 percent, which is capped at least until September 1, 2013. Cap excludes certain expenses, such as interest.
1As represented by The BofA Merrill Lynch High Yield US Emerging Markets Liquid Corporate Plus Index for USD-denominated EM high-yield corporate bonds, The BofA Merrill Lynch USD Emerging Markets Sovereigns Index for USD-denominated EM high-yield sovereign bonds and The BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Master Index II for U.S. high yield corporate bonds.
2Source: Standard & Poor’s Global Fixed Income Research and Standard & Poor’s CreditPro®; 2011 Annual Global Corporate Default Study and Rating Transitions
3As represented by The BofA Merrill Lynch Global High Yield Index for global high-yield corporate bonds.
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