By Michael Johnston:iShares introduced a pair of new ETFs this week that offer exposure to junk bonds from issuers outside the U.S., opening a new segment of the global fixed income market that had previously been difficult to access. The two new funds include a product that targets junk bonds from emerging markets as well as a global ex-U.S. product that includes both developed and emerging market exposure:
Tom Lydon submits:
Choices, choices, choices. Emerging market ETFs are no longer just broad, all-purpose plays. There are sector funds, single country funds and, yes, there are still the broad funds. What you choose to own, though, depends on you.
Roger Nusbaum submits: For a while I've been writing about the importance of foreign fixed income exposure in a diversified portfolio, how we integrate this space into our client portfolios, and how easy it would be for ETF providers to make real inroads here in offering exposure.
By Michael Johnston:iShares continued to expand its suite of exchange-traded products this week with the debut of seven new bond ETFs. The new offering includes the first products available to U.S. investors that offer sector-specific exposure to the corporate bond market. The new ETFs are:
Ron Rowland submits:Consumers everywhere agree – price wars are the best wars on the planet. The ETF trading commission price war makes ETF investors happy and their wallets a little thicker. Fidelity today (2/16/11) announced the addition of five more iShares ETFs to its $0 commission lineup.
David Ott submits:When two ETFs track the same index, it’s tempting to simply opt for with the one with a lower expense ratio since price is the dominating factor when choosing among commodities. Focusing just on the expense ratio, though, misses a critically important component of the price.
Michael Johnston submits:As investors have become more comfortable with the marriage of fixed income exposure and the ETF wrapper, billions of dollars have flowed into bond ETFs in recent years. Impressive innovation in the space has provided investors with more options than ever before, including enhanced granularity in virtually every corner of the fixed income market.
Tom Lydon submits:
Thanks to a widening budget crisis in Europe, sovereign debt has gotten a bad reputation. There are other countries that are on much more solid ground and you can get exposure to a number of them by using emerging market debt ETFs.
ETF Database submits: iShares, the San Francisco-based issuer behind nearly 200 ETFs, announced today the launch of five new international sector funds. The five funds, which include four financial ETFs and one materials ETF, expands iShares offerings in the international segment allowing investors to exploit regional differences in sector performance.