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Global X Launches Yield-Generating Pref ETF

editor@etftrends.com (ETF Trends)

Global X Funds rolled out a cheap U.S. preferred securities-related ETF to help fixed-income investors diversify a yield-focused portfolio. On Wednesday, Global X launched the Global X U.S. Preferred ETF (BATS: PFFD) . PFFD comes with a 0.23% expense ratio, the cheapest of any ETF strategy in this category. "Investors continue to contend with low interest rates and narrow credit spreads, making sufficient income difficult to come by. Preferreds, however, currently have attractive yields that sets them apart from other traditional income-generating asset classes like investment grade bonds and REITs," Jay Jacobs, director of research at Global X, said in a note. Preferred stocks are a type of hybrid security that show bond- and equity-like characteristics. The shares are issued by financial institutions, utilities and telecom companies, among others. Within the securities hierarchy, preferreds are senior to common stocks but junior to corporate bonds. Additionally, preferred stocks issue dividends on a regular basis, but investors don’t usually enjoy capital appreciation on par with common shares. Income investors have looked to preferred stock ETFs in their portfolios for a number of reason. For instance, the asset class offers stable dividends, does not come with taxes on qualified dividends for those that fall into the 15% tax bracket or lower, is senior to common stocks in the event liquidation occurs, is less volatile than bonds and provides dividend payments before common shareholders. "We are excited to launch PFFD, offering investors a low cost option for accessing the preferred market. The asset class's attractive yield potential, coupled with potential tax benefits make preferreds an important consideration for an income-oriented portfolio," Jon Maier, chief investment officer at Global X, said in a note. Related: Franklin Templeton Brings LibertyQ ETFs to Europe The U.S. Preferred ETF tries to reflect the performance of the BofA Merrill Lynch Diversified Core U.S. Preferred Securities Index, which is comprised of preferred securities from the U.S., which includes different categories of preferred stock, such as floating, variable and fixed-rate preferreds, cumulative and non-cumulative preferreds, and trust preferreds. Components of the Underlying Index primarily include financials, real estate, telecommunications and utilities companies. Sector weights include financials 73.9%, industrials 16.2%, utilities 9.7% and quasi government 0.2%. Credit quality breakdown includes AAA 0.2%, AA 1.4%, A 1.0%, BBB 56.5%, BB 37.0%, B 0.9%, CCC 0.2% and not rated 2.8%. For more information on new fund products, visit our new ETFs category. Read more on ETFtrends.com