IShares Launches New Income Focused ETFs

BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) announced that its iShares® Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) business, the world's largest manager of ETFs, launched two new funds today with two more scheduled to launch on April 5. The new funds include three “first to market” products designed to offer exposure to high yield securities across the global developed and emerging markets. The fourth new fund is an “ETF of iShares ETFs” that seeks to provide single-trade access to a diversified set of income sources.

“Market conditions – in particular, an unprecedented low rate environment – continue to make it vital for investors of all kinds to identify new sources of yield and income,” said Darek Wojnar, Head of U.S. iShares Product Development and Management at BlackRock. “In many cases, they need ready access to a broader range of global solutions for yield and income.

“The new funds represent just the latest illustration of our dedication to helping investors successfully navigate today’s highly challenging yield and income landscape,” he said.

Offered on the BATS Exchanges, the four new funds are:

First Day of Trading on April 3:
  • iShares Emerging Markets High Yield Bond Fund (EMHY)
  • iShares Global ex USD High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (HYXU)

First Day of Trading scheduled on or around April 5:
  • iShares Global High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (GHYG)
  • iShares Morningstar Multi-Asset Income Index Fund (IYLD)

iShares Emerging Markets High Yield Bond Fund (EMHY), a first to market product, provides access to high yield bonds denominated in USD and includes a 65% allocation to sovereign bonds and 35% to corporate issues. The new fund is designed to track the Morningstar Emerging Markets High Yield Bond Index, a broad investable universe.

iShares Global ex USD High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (HYXU), a first to market product, offers access to developed international non-U.S. denominated high yield bonds, which are denominated in euros, pound sterling and Canadian dollars. The fund’s highest country allocations are France (15 percent), the United Kingdom (15 percent), Germany (14 percent), and the Netherlands (12 percent). The fund is designed to track the Markit iBoxx Global Developed Markets ex-US High Yield Index.

iShares Global High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (GHYG), a first to market product, provides complete global (U.S. and developed international) high yield in a “one ticket” trade, via developed international corporate bonds denominated in the USD, euros, the pound sterling, and the Canadian dollar. Based on the country of the issuer, the fund is allocated 69 percent to the U.S., 16 percent to Europe, 4 percent to the United Kingdom, and 3 percent to Canada. The fund is designed to track the Markit iBoxx Global Developed Markets High Yield Index.

“As investors have broadened their search for new income sources globally, high yield has emerged as one of the market’s more significant opportunities,” said Wojnar. “At the same time, high yield is an asset class where investors can particularly benefit from well diversified approach.

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