|Bid||73.90 x 900|
|Ask||0.00 x 1200|
|Day's Range||74.82 - 75.03|
|52 Week Range||74.82 - 81.69|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.32%|
The Federal Reserve hiked interest rates three times last year and more rate increases are expected this year. Still, 10-year Treasuries yield less than 2.7%, underscoring a nearly four-decade downtrend in U.S. borrowing costs. For its part, the S&P 500 yields an anemic 1.8%.
While 2018 is still in its infancy, there are already signs of a prominent theme from 2017 extending into the new year. Year-to-date, four of the top 10 asset-gathering exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are ex-U.S. equity funds.
Generating income is an ongoing challenge for investors everywhere, whether it’s someone nearing or at retirement, or someone simply looking to extract consistent income from their asset allocation.
Emerging market bond ETFs have been raking in assets this year as investors grow optimistic about the outlook for developing economies, and hone in on the attractive yields the region offers. This is a pocket of fixed income that was bruised and battered following last November’s U.S. presidential election due to concerns about inflation, higher rates and the possibility of a strong dollar under the new administration.
This emerging-markets bond ETF's equal-weighting methodology does not load up on the most-active debt-issuing countries, but it comes with its own challenges.