Vanguard aims to take market share away from the debt “dominators” at State Street and PowerShares (Invesco). Specifically, State Street has hadÂ SPDR Barclays International Treasury Fund (BWX) available to ETF enthusiastsÂ for quite some time, whereas PowerShares Sovereign Emerging Market Debt (PCY) has also been a staple of the ETF bond fund world.
Naturally, Vanguard aims to compete with these dollar-denominated Bond ETFs on cost.Â Vanguard ’sÂ Total International Bond Fund ETFÂ will charge an expense ratio of just 0.3%. Meanwhile, Vanguardâ€™s Emerging Market Bond fund willÂ go for a mere 0.35%.
The fact that these Bond ETFs willÂ be denominated in U.S. dollars, however, could be a double-edged sword.Â Many believe that the U.S. dolar is inÂ long-termÂ decline. For that reason, WisdomTree served up local debt funds like Asian Local Debt (ALD) and Emerging Market LocalÂ Debt (ELD);Â investors might profit from appreciation against the greenback in addition to collecting a rewarding stream of income.
Of course, duringÂ a financial crisis, the almighty buck has not lost its safe haven appeal. In that manner,Â Vanguard, State Street and PowerShares aim to avoid the risks associated with fluctuating currencies.
Vanguard (Finally) Moves Into International Bond Funds & ETFs â€“ Murray Coleman, Barronâ€™s
5 Small-Cap ETFs That Can Jump 10% Or More This Year â€“ Jason Raznick, Forbes
WisdomTree Introduces Australia And New Zealand Local-Currency Bond ETF â€“ Patricia Oey, Morningstar
Brent And WTI Crude Oil: How To Trade A Narrowing Spread â€“ Richard Bloch, Seeking Alpha
Volatility ETFs Crater In Oct. As Market Roars Back â€“ Trang Ho, Investorâ€™s Business DailyÂ Â
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