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State Street Unveils Short Term Junk Bond ETF


State Street Global Advisors introduced the SPDR Barclays Capital Short Term High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: SJNK - News), which owns lower rated corporate debt with durations of less than five years. 

SJUNK is linked to the Barclays Capital 0-5 Cash Pay Constrained High Yield Index and includes publicly issued U.S. dollar denominated, non-investment-grade, fixed rate, taxable corporate bonds that are rated high-yield (Ba1/BB+/BB+ or below). As of March 5, 2012, there were approximately 351 securities in the Index with an average modified adjusted duration of approximately 2.06 years.

'Offering equity-like returns with less volatility, demand for high yield bond exposure is on the rise,' said James Ross, senior managing director and global head of SPDR Exchange Traded Funds at State Street Global Advisors.  'The launch of the SPDR Barclays Capital Short Term High Yield Bond ETF provides investors and advisors with an opportunity to gain cost efficient access to short term high yield bonds, a segment of the high yield market that can help to protect against an inevitable rise in interest rates.'

The launch of the SPDR Barclays Capital Short Term High Yield Bond ETF adds to State Street Global Advisors' fixed income ETF offering, which is now comprised of 34 SPDR ETFs, including the SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK - News). 

SJNK charges annual expenses of 0.40%.

New Large and Small Cap Dividend ETFs

Russell Investments introduced the Russell High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEArca: HDIV - News) and Russell Small Cap High Dividend Yield ETF (NYSEArca: DIVS - News).

Each of these new ETFs is composed of dividend-paying companies with quality characteristics such as their ability to pay a higher dividend yield, exhibit sustained dividend growth and deliver earnings stability. The quality characteristics of each company are then evaluated by measures of financial strength including positive cash flow, return on equity and analyst forecasts for earnings growth. Once the universe is screened for financially strong securities, the constituents are selected to help maximize dividend yield.

'These measures of financial strength were created to help investors avoid chasing dividend yield, where quality is often sacrificed in search of higher yield,' said Greg Friedman managing director of Russell's global ETF product group. 'By using quality screens embedded in the underlying transparent, rules-based indexes, we believe Russell has improved upon structural weaknesses common in traditional dividend products and brought an improved total return approach to the ETF marketplace.'

HDIV charges annual expenses of 0.33% and DIVS charges 0.38%.

High Income MLP from Yorkville

Yorkville ETF Advisors unveiled the Yorkville High Income MLP ETF (NYSEArca: YMLP - News).

'YMLP shatters today's MLP ETF mold by intentionally focusing on the untapped commodity sectors of the MLP asset class, due to their favorable income characteristics,' asserts Darren Schuringa, CFA, Managing Partner at Yorkville ETF Advisors. 'We are pleased that YMLP delivers on our commitment to provide investment strategy-based ETFs.'

The Solactive High Income MLP Index tracked by YMLP is a rules-based index that applies a multi-factor selection model to the MLP universe. Analyzed factors include coverage ratio of distributions, distribution growth and size of distributions.

A select group of MLPs that are deemed to be most favorable across all three factors become index constituents. These constituents fall primarily in the commodity MLP sector, which has historically exhibited more favorable distribution characteristics and similar risk-adjusted returns when compared to infrastructure MLPs, according to Yorkville Capital Management, LLC.

YMLP has a distribution rate of 8.74% and charges annual fees of 0.82%.

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