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TUESDAY, APR. 3
iShares Rolls Out Int’l Junk Bond ETFs
On Tuesday, iShares launched two more fixed-income ETFs on the BATS exchange. The iShares Global ex USD High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (BATS: HYXU) and the iShares Emerging Markets High Yield Bond Fund (BATS: EMHY) track indexes from Markit and Morningstar, respectively. HYXU tracks developed-market debt, excluding dollar-denominated issues, and charges an expense ratio of 0.40 percent, while EMHY covers emerging markets debt denominated in U.S. dollars and comes with an expense ratio of 0.65 percent.
Van Eck Debuts Global Junk Bond ETF
Just as iShares was rolling out HYXU, Van Eck unveiled the Market Vectors International High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IHY), which tracks a Bank of America index that covers both developed and emerging market debt. Component bonds are denominated in U.S. or Canadian dollars, British pounds or euros. IHY comes with an expense ratio of 0.40 percent.
MONDAY, APR. 2
ProShares Files For 2 Alternative ETFs
A new filing from ProShares outlines the firm's plans to launch two ETFs covering different parts of the alternatives space: mergers & acquisitions and private equity. The ProShares Merger Arbitrage ETF and the ProShares Listed Private Equity ETF would track underlying indexes and would join ProShares' existing Hedge Replication ETF (NYSE Arca: HDG), which seeks hedge-fund-style returns. The filing did not include a ticker or fees.