Last updated: 11:15 / Friday, 14 November 2014
ChinaAMC, sub-adviser

Van Eck to Launch First China Bond Focused ETF in the U.S.

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Van Eck to Launch First China Bond Focused ETF in the U.S.
  • New U.S.-listed Market Vectors ChinaAMC China Bond ETF provides direct exposure to Renminbi-denominated bonds issued in mainland China
  • CBON seeks to invest in all major segments of the Chinese fixed income markets, including sovereigns, policy banks, and high rated corporate bonds
  • “China is currently the largest emerging markets bond market, yet to this point investors outside of mainland China have been mostly excluded from direct ownership of locally issued bonds"
  • CBON seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the ChinaBond China High Quality Bond Index
  • ChinaAMC will serve as sub-adviser to CBON using a Renminbi-Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) quota that it has received in order to gain access to this market on behalf of foreign investors

Van Eck Global has launched the Market Vectors ChinaAMC China Bond ETF, a U.S.-listed ETF designed to provide investors with direct access to China’s onshore bond market.

The launch continues Van Eck’s leadership in China and emerging markets funds. The company launched the first ETF providing exposure to A-shares in the U.S. (Market Vectors ChinaAMC A-Share ETF) on October 13, 2010, and this summer it launched a Chinese equity ETF (Market Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF), primarily focused on innovative, non government-owned companies.

CBON seeks to invest in all major segments of the Chinese fixed income markets, including sovereigns, policy banks, and high rated corporate bonds. “China’s domestic bond market is expanding and evolving at the same time. While the full liberalization of the markets is likely to take a long time, movement towards greater access for borrowers and lenders, and a higher degree of market oriented financings such as bond issuance have already greatly broadened the opportunity set for local investors,” said Fran Rodilosso, Senior Investment Officer for Market Vectors ETFs.

CBON is the newest addition to Van Eck’s family of emerging markets bond ETFs which include the largest local-currency bond ETF in the U.S., Market Vectors Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF, and the largest emerging markets corporate bond ETF in the U.S, Market Vectors Emerging Markets High Yield Bond ETF, by assets under management as of October 31, 2014.

“China is currently the largest emerging markets bond market, yet to this point investors outside of mainland China have been mostly excluded from direct ownership of locally issued bonds,” said Mr. Rodilosso. He added “China’s onshore bond market has had historically low correlation to core asset classes and has delivered attractive yields in comparison to developed bond markets in recent years.”

CBON seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the ChinaBond China High Quality Bond Index. The Index is comprised of fixed-rate, Renminbi (RMB)-denominated bonds issued in the People’s Republic of China by Chinese credit, governmental and quasi-governmental (e.g., policy banks) issuers. As of November 10, 2014, the yield to maturity for the Index was 4.1%.

ChinaAMC will serve as sub-adviser to CBON using a Renminbi-Qualified Foreign Institutional Investor (RQFII) quota that it has received in order to gain access to this market on behalf of foreign investors. This marks the third ETF for which Market Vectors and ChinaAMC have partnered, joining the China A-share focused Market VectorsChinaAMC A-Share ETF and the Market Vectors ChinaAMC SME-ChiNext ETF.

“China continues to be a focus for Van Eck Global, particularly through our Market Vectors ETF family,” said Ed Lopez, Marketing Director at Market Vectors. “Its economy has had significant impact on global markets in recent years and continues to evolve, yet may be under allocated in investors’ portfolios. This CBON launch is another example of how Market Vectors is delivering access to relevant investment ideas we believe will help shape tomorrow’s markets.”

CBON has a gross expense ratio of 0.57 percent and a net expense ratio of 0.50 percent, which is capped contractually until September 1, 2016. The cap excludes certain expenses, such as interest.

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