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Van Eck to launch emerging markets bond ETF


Van Eck is gearing up to launch an emerging markets bond exchange-traded fund (ETF), according to a regulatory filing made with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The filing reveals that the proposed ETF, the Market Vectors Emerging Markets Corporate Bond ETF, will be based on a proprietary index which comprises corporate and quasi-sovereign emerging market bonds denominated in US dollars and Euros.
As of 30 May, emerging markets countries represented in the index include Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Barbados, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Vietnam.
The index includes both investment grade and below investment grade rated securities. As of 30 May, the index included 1,323 bonds of 594 issuers and the weighted average maturity of the index was 7.61 years. 

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