Emerging Markets Bonds ETFs

Most of these ETFs invest in debt issued in emerging market countries. Bonds included in these funds may be government, quasi-government, or corporate debt. Emerging markets bonds tend to have lower credit quality than those of developed nations, and thus generally offer much higher yields. Even though bonds in general have a more conservative appeal in nature, investing in emerging market bonds does pose some added risk most conservative investors may want to avoid. A default on debt can have a large negative impact on returns, and emerging markets with poor ratings have a large risk of default. As well, investors should keep in mind currency fluctuations. Generally, bonds are bought in the local currency and a large change in currency value between the purchase and sale of the bond can positively or negatively impact returns. While no investor can accurately predict currency value changes, they should keep in mind the macroeconomic environment and current trends. Because of the risk factors involved, we would steer these ETFs more toward moderate investors who have the appetite to accept the potential for portfolio balance fluctuations associated with these ETFs.

C

Category Grade

This category ranks #28 out of 65 ETF categories.

A
Strong Buy

Avg. SMART Grade

The average cap-weighted SMART Grade for ETFs in this category is A (Strong Buy).


Fund Symbol/Name Last Open High Low 52-Wk Hi 52-Wk Lo Day Chg YTD Chg 12-Mo Chg AUM Exp. Ratio SMART Grade
EMB
iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF
115.94 116.10 116.16 115.93 117.46 107.74 -0.10
(-0.09%)
8.09% -0.46% 11.79B 0.40% A
Strong Buy
PCY
PowerShares Emerging Markets Sovereign Debt Portfolio
29.62 29.70 29.70 29.61 30.23 27.71 -0.14
(-0.47%)
8.41% -1.73% 4.98B 0.50% A
Strong Buy
EMLC
VanEck Vectors J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond ETF
18.86 18.91 18.93 18.84 19.65 16.98 -0.10
(-0.53%)
10.54% 0.32% 4.22B 0.44% A
Strong Buy
VWOB
Vanguard Emerging Markets Government Bond ETF
80.80 80.98 81.00 80.79 81.69 75.80 -0.15
(-0.19%)
6.99% -0.27% 1.05B 0.32% A
Strong Buy
EMHY
iShares Emerging Markets High Yield Bond ETF
50.82 50.91 50.91 50.73 51.12 47.33 0.00
(0.00%)
8.42% 0.51% 576.27M 0.50% A
Strong Buy
HYEM
VanEck Vectors Emerging Markets High Yield Bond ETF
24.79 24.92 24.95 24.79 24.95 23.02 -0.09
(-0.36%)
6.72% 1.31% 356.40M 0.40% A
Strong Buy
LEMB
iShares J.P. Morgan EM Local Currency Bond
47.48 47.76 47.85 47.46 49.41 41.68 -0.42
(-0.88%)
10.81% 4.67% 317.46M 0.50% A
Strong Buy
ELD
WisdomTree Emerging Markets Local Debt Fund
38.36 38.42 38.43 38.20 39.65 34.57 -0.01
(-0.03%)
10.59% 1.29% 255.35M 0.55% A
Strong Buy
EBND
SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Emerging Markets Local Bond ETF
29.46 29.54 29.60 29.46 30.68 25.45 -0.13
(-0.44%)
10.84% 4.82% 177.84M 0.40% A
Strong Buy
CEMB
iShares J.P. Morgan EM Corporate Bond ETF
51.58 51.58 51.58 51.49 51.72 47.74 0.00
(0.00%)
7.00% 0.85% 79.42M 0.50% A
Strong Buy
DSUM
PowerShares Chinese Yuan Dim Sum Bond Portfolio
23.12 23.18 23.25 23.09 24.00 21.36 -0.12
(-0.52%)
9.82% 1.27% 75.24M 0.45% A
Strong Buy
EMCB
WisdomTree Emerging Markets Corporate Bond Fund
73.23 73.49 73.85 73.23 73.93 67.68 +0.07
(0.10%)
8.20% 2.57% 51.35M 0.60% A
Strong Buy
EMTL
SPDR DoubleLine Emerging Markets Fixed Income ETF
51.29 51.26 51.31 51.26 52.84 48.43 0.00
(0.00%)
7.57% -2.51% 30.58M 0.65% A
Strong Buy
ALD
WisdomTree Asia Local Debt Fund ETF
45.13 45.13 45.13 45.13 46.20 42.29 -0.42
(-0.92%)
7.16% -0.04% 22.65M 0.55% A
Strong Buy
EMAG
VanEck Vectors Emerging Markets Aggregate Bond ETF
21.57 21.81 21.81 21.57 22.20 19.82 -0.38
(-1.73%)
8.90% -0.60% 15.38M 0.49% A
Strong Buy
KCNY
KraneShares E Fund China Commercial Paper ETF
34.69 34.66 34.70 34.65 35.50 31.88 0.00
(0.00%)
8.61% 5.43% 12.11M 0.57% A
Strong Buy
EMSH
ProShares Short Term USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF
77.89 77.89 77.89 77.89 81.03 76.44 0.00
(0.00%)
3.64% -0.06% 11.68M 0.50% A
Strong Buy
CBON
VanEck Vectors ChinaAMC China Bond ETF
22.77 22.72 22.77 22.72 23.38 21.32 -0.03
(-0.13%)
5.81% -2.59% 4.58M 0.50% A
Strong Buy
EMBH
iShares Interest Rate Hedged Emerging Markets Bond ETF
26.38 26.38 26.38 26.38 27.36 24.47 -0.05
(-0.19%)
6.94% 4.82% 2.63M 0.48% A
Strong Buy
FEMB
First Trust Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF
42.50 42.29 42.71 42.17 48.17 38.90 -0.25
(-0.58%)
10.00% -1.37% 51.59M 0.85% B
Buy
IGEM
VanEck Vectors ETF Trust Market Vectors EM Investment Grade + BB Rated USD Sovereign Bond ETF
24.73 24.75 24.75 24.73 24.93 23.26 +0.13
(0.53%)
7.04% -0.92% 12.37M 0.40% NR
Not Rated

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