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JP Morgan Asset Management launches JPMorgan USD Emerging Markets Sovereign Bond ETF

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JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has launched the JPMorgan USD Emerging Markets Sovereign Bond ETF (JPMB), which tracks the JPMorgan Emerging Markets Risk-Aware Bond Index.

The index, which was created by JPMAM’s Quantitative Beta Strategies team, is derived from JP Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank flagship JPMorgan EMBI Global Diversified Index.

JPMB aims to provide exposure to USD denominated sovereign debt across emerging markets. The index utilises a rules-based, three-step process that filters for liquidity, country risk and allocates risk based on credit rating. It invests 80 per cent of its assets in securities included in the underlying index and will rebalance its portfolio on a monthly basis within each country and semi-annually across countries in accordance with the rebalancing of the underlying index . By using an alternative weighting approach, the index seeks to provide better risk-adjusted returns vs. market cap weighted indexes and potentially generate a competitive yield and lower levels of duration for clients.
 
JPMB is managed by an experienced team led by Quantitative Beta Strategies co-portfolio managers, Eric Isenberg and Niels Schuehle. A leader in factor-based investing, JP Morgan has been managing quantitative beta strategies since 2009. Additionally, JPMB leverages JP Morgan’s USD470 billion global fixed income platform, which is comprised of over 200+ sector specialists.
 
“Fixed income ETFs continue to revolutionise investing by providing access to an often challenging asset class in a liquid, transparent and cost-effective vehicle,” says Joanna Gallegos, US Head of ETFs for JP Morgan Asset Management. “With JPMB, clients can gain exposure to emerging market debt, which is a growing component of global bond markets, and it can serve as a diversifier to a core bond portfolio.”

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