Bonds: High Yield

Fixed income ETFs – and non core fixed income, especially? You go. According to a survey by State Street Global Advisors, they “play an expanded role in portfolio construction” for institutional investors, stated etftrends.com.

As reported in last month, over the next 12 months, the 700 global institutional investors surveyed by SSGA plan to up their exposure to high yield corporate debt; in all likelihood, 62% will do it through ETFs, per “The Role of ETFs in a New Fixed Income Landscape.” Last year was a different story. Just 27% of investors were significantly using ETFs to expand their allocation of to non core fixed income, according to the last year’s fixed income survey.

“Our conversations with investors have reinforced what we already knew – there is significant demand for more targeted fixed income products,” said Tom Kelly, an ETF industry leader co founder. “Our initial product suites aim to create a full toolkit for high-yield investors looking to implement their specific views on the market, and we anticipate extending this approach to other fixed income asset classes.”

Now, with minds of their own, bless ‘em, younger investors are more inclined to place emphasis on total returns over income potential, according to usnews.com.

Almost on the dime, they reinvest dividends – any dividends, while investors who’ve been around the block oh, say, a time or two, might place greater importance on the possibility of greater income. For a steady income to accommodate living expenses, they could lean on their portfolios.

Perhaps you’ve heard: inflation seems to have an insatiable appetite and the short term outlook in fixed income are being dominated by interest rates spikes by the central bank, according to ssga.com.

Ah, but there is a life preserver: longer term, structural factors are having more than a little sway in how  investors implement and oversee fixed income allocations.

'Did someone say life preserver’, grumbled the Skip from Gilligan’s Island?

‘Fraid so, dude.

And you want to know the punch that ETFs are packing in in the evolving landscape of fixed income? Well, consider ssga’s new global study, which surveyed 700 institutional investors and investment decision makers.

One key finding: there was a growth from assets under management from $574 billion in 2017 to $1.28 trillion in 2021, according to data recorded by the New York Stock Exchange. What’s more, the number of funds also accelerated like no one’s business over the same period – from 278 to almost 500.

As for non core sectors? The role of ETFs in asset allocation is propelling, according to its survey this year.

According to the report, 62% of investors who are ratcheting up their exposure to high yield corporate credit over the next 12 months indicated the chances are high they’ll leverage ETFs to do it. Ditto for 53% in terms of emerging market debt, according to pionline.com.

"Our 2022 survey shows that the role of ETFs in asset allocation is expanding to non-core sectors," said the report, "The Role of ETFs in a New Fixed Income Landscape." 

 

 

VanEck recently announced the launch of an actively managed multi-asset income-focused ETF that offers diversified exposure to the highest-yielding segments of the equity income and fixed income markets. The VanEck Dynamic High Income ETF (INC), which trades on the NYSE, seeks to identify compelling sources of high income and dividends and builds a corresponding portfolio primarily of ETFs. INC's fixed income component is made up of exposure to "fallen angel" high-yield bonds, international and emerging market high-yield bonds, emerging market local currency bonds, and 10–20-year U.S. Treasuries. Its equity component will include exposure to dividend-paying stocks, business development companies, preferred securities, mortgage REITs, and MLPs. The fund’s management team, which is led by David Schassler, seeks to maximize yield per unit of risk by assessing volatility and correlation data to optimize and refine specific exposures. The ETF is also designed to adapt quickly to changing market conditions and take advantage of price anomalies in the market.


Finsum:VanEck adds to its asset allocation-focused ETF lineup with the launch of a multi-asset income fund that offers exposure to the highest-yielding segments of the market.

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