CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Jun 20, 2013) - Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC, a leading global provider of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), announced today the launch of the PowerShares Global Short Term High Yield Bond Portfolio (PGHY) on the NYSE Arca.
PGHY provides investors access to short-term US dollar-denominated, high-yield debt that is issued globally; including sovereign, quasi-government and corporate bond securities. PGHY has an expense ratio of 0.35% and is expected to issue monthly distributions.
- PowerShares Global Short Term High Yield Bond Portfolio (PGHY)
"We are excited to launch a timely product solution for income investors looking for a potential protection against rising interest rates," said Lorraine Wang, Invesco PowerShares senior vice president of new product development. "The PowerShares global Short Term High Yield Bond Portfolio (PGHY) provides a convenient way for investors to gain exposure to a portfolio of high-yield bonds from issuers around the globe, while taking on a relatively low level of interest rate risk."
"Bonds with shorter maturities generally carry less duration risk than bonds with longer maturities and can help investors protect fixed-income portfolios against rising interest rates," added Joseph Becker, senior fixed-income product strategist at Invesco PowerShares. "While high-yield bonds generally carry higher credit risk, they also offer investors higher rates of income. We believe today's exceptionally low interest rates, particularly at the short end of the yield curve, position short-term, high-yield bonds as an attractive investment for income seeking investors."
The PowerShares Global Short Term High Yield Bond Portfolio (PGHY) is based on the DB Global Short Maturity High Yield Bond Index (Index). PGHY generally will invest at least 80% of its total assets in bonds included in the Index. The Index tracks the performance of US dollar-denominated, short-term, non-investment grade bonds with three years or less to maturity; that are issued by US and foreign corporations, as well as by supranational, sovereign or sub-sovereign government entities. PGHY and the Index are rebalanced quarterly and re-weighted annually.
Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC is Leading the Intelligent ETF Revolution® through its family of more than 140 domestic and international exchange-traded funds, which seek to outperform traditional benchmark indexes while providing advisors and investors access to an innovative array of focused investment opportunities. With franchise assets over $77 billion as of March 31, 2013, PowerShares ETFs trade on both US stock exchanges. For more information, please visit us at invescopowershares.com or follow us on Twitter @PowerShares.
Invesco, Ltd. is a leading independent global investment management firm, dedicated to helping investors worldwide achieve their financial objectives. By delivering the combined power of our distinctive investment management capabilities, Invesco provides a wide range of investment strategies and vehicles to our retail, institutional and high net worth clients around the world. Operating in more than 20 countries, the firm is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol IVZ. Additional information is available at www.invesco.com.
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There are risks involved with investing in ETFs, including possible loss of money. Shares are not actively managed and are subject to risks similar to those of stocks, including those regarding short selling and margin maintenance requirements. Ordinary brokerage commissions apply. Fixed-income securities, such as notes and bonds, which carry interest rate and credit risk. Interest rate risk refers to the risk that bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise and vice versa. Credit risk is the risk of loss on an investment due to the deterioration of an issuer's financial health.
The Fund will invest in bonds with a short-term (three years or less) maturity. Short-term maturity may have additional risks, including interest rate changes over the life of a bond. The average maturity of the Fund's investments will affect the volatility of the Fund's share price.
All or a significant portion of the securities in which the Fund will invest will be noninvestment grade securities that are considered speculative. Non-investment grade securities have additional risks, including higher default risk and decreased market liquidity.
Global bonds are subject to the same risks as other debt issues, notably credit risk, market risk, interest rate risk and liquidity risk.
Risks of sovereign debt include the relative size of the debt burden to the economy as a whole and the government debtor's policy towards the International Monetary Fund and the political constraints to which a government debtor may be subject.
Sub-sovereign government bonds represent the debt of state, provincial, territorial, municipal, local or other political sub-divisions, including other governmental entities or agencies, other than sovereign governments. In addition to sovereign debt risk, risks of investing in sub-sovereign debt include the fact that such investments may or may not be issued by, or guaranteed as to principal and interest by, the sub-sovereign's larger sovereign entity.
The Fund may invest in obligations issued or guaranteed by supranational entities, which may include, for example, entities such as the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the World Bank). If one or more shareholders of a supranational entity fails to make necessary additional capital contributions, the entity may be unable to pay interest or repay principal on its debt securities, and the Fund may lose money on such investments.
The Fund's underlying securities may be subject to call risk, which may result in the Fund having to reinvest the proceeds at lower interest rates, resulting in a decline in the Fund's income.
The Fund will invest in foreign bonds and, because foreign exchanges may be open on days when the Fund does not price its shares, the value of the non-US securities in the Fund's portfolio may change on days when you will not be able to purchase or sell your Shares.
The Fund's use of a representative sampling approach will result in its holding a smaller number of securities than are in the underlying Index, and may be subject to greater volatility.
The Fund is considered non-diversified and may be subject to greater risks than a diversified fund.
Shares are not individually redeemable and owners of the shares may acquire those shares from the Fund and tender those shares for redemption to the Fund in Creation Unit aggregations only, typically consisting of 50,000 shares.
Shares are not FDIC insured, may lose value and have no bank guarantee.
PowerShares® is a registered trademark of Invesco PowerShares Capital Management LLC (Invesco PowerShares). Invesco PowerShares and Invesco Distributors, Inc. are indirect, wholly owned subsidiaries of Invesco Ltd. Invesco Distributors, Inc. is the distributor of the PowerShares Exchange-Traded Fund Trust II.
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