Junk Bond ETF Overview

High-yield ETFs or junk bond ETFs provide exposure to the debt of American companies rated below BBB. High-yield ETFs are risky investments that need to offer attractive returns to compensate for their risk.

High Yield ETFs are part of the following market segments:

With 64 ETFs traded in the U.S. markets, Junk Bond ETFs gather total assets under management of $60.70B. The average expense ratio is 0.48%. Junk Bond ETFs can be found in the following asset classes:

  • Fixed Income

The largest Junk Bond ETF is the iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF HYG with $17.19B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Junk Bond ETF was the UJB at 13.23%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Junk Bond space was the PGIM Active High Yield Bond ETF PHYL in 09/24/18.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

UJB ProShares Ultra High Yield 4.88%
HYUP Xtrackers High Beta High Yield Bond ETF 2.77%
BSJQ Invesco BulletShares 2026 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 2.74%
PHYL PGIM Active High Yield Bond ETF 2.72%
BSJP Invesco BulletShares 2025 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 2.70%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

HYDD Direxion Daily High Yield Bear 2X Shares -4.56%
SJB ProShares Short High Yield -1.94%
WYDE ProShares CDS Short North American HY Credit ETF -1.58%
SOVB Cambria Sovereign Bond ETF -0.37%
EMHY iShares Emerging Markets High Yield Bond ETF -0.09%

TOP CREATIONS

JNK SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF 1.12K
HYG iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 602.35
USHY iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 426.17
HYS PIMCO 0-5 Year High Yield Corporate Bond Index ETF 119.40
HYD VanEck Vectors High-Yield Municipal Index ETF 108.87

TOP REDEMPTIONS

SRLN SPDR Blackstone / GSO Senior Loan ETF -294.94
BKLN Invesco Senior Loan ETF -286.28
SNLN Highland iBoxx Senior Loan ETF -137.37
SJNK SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Short Term High Yield Bond ETF -121.15
BSJJ Invesco BulletShares 2019 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF -55.26

AUM WINNERS

USHY iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 79.90%
BSJQ Invesco BulletShares 2026 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 70.05%
FDHY Fidelity High Yield Factor ETF 58.65%
WFHY WisdomTree Fundamental U.S. High Yield Corporate Bond Fund 52.65%
GHYB Goldman Sachs Access High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 28.50%

AUM LOSERS

HYLV IQ S&P High Yield Low Volatility Bond ETF -19.75%
SRLN SPDR Blackstone / GSO Senior Loan ETF -10.13%
BKLN Invesco Senior Loan ETF -9.38%
SHYL Xtrackers Short Duration High Yield Bond ETF -9.29%
CJNK SPDR ICE BofAML Broad High Yield Bond ETF -5.57%

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