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 $56.74B. 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 $17.72B in assets. In the last trailing year, the best performing Junk Bond ETF was the HYEM at 11.25%. The most-recent ETF launched in the Junk Bond space was the Virtus Seix Senior Loan ETF SEIX in 04/24/19.

TOP ETF PERFORMERS

IEMV Invesco Emerging Markets Debt Value ETF 1.58%
IEMV Invesco Emerging Markets Debt Value ETF 1.58%
HYMB SPDR Nuveen S&P High Yield Municipal Bond ETF 1.56%
HYMB SPDR Nuveen S&P High Yield Municipal Bond ETF 1.56%
HYDD Direxion Daily High Yield Bear 2X Shares 1.34%

BOTTOM ETF PERFORMERS

HYND WisdomTree Negative Duration High Yield Bond Fund -4.50%
HYND WisdomTree Negative Duration High Yield Bond Fund -4.50%
HYIH Xtrackers High Yield Corporate Bond Interest Rate Hedged ETF -2.43%
HYIH Xtrackers High Yield Corporate Bond Interest Rate Hedged ETF -2.43%
HYHG ProShares High Yield-Interest Rate Hedged ETF -2.12%

TOP CREATIONS

HYG iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 1.76K
HYG iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 1.76K
BKLN Invesco Senior Loan ETF 243.52
BKLN Invesco Senior Loan ETF 243.52
JNK SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF 172.54

TOP REDEMPTIONS

SJNK SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Short Term High Yield Bond ETF -121.94
SJNK SPDR Bloomberg Barclays Short Term High Yield Bond ETF -121.94
HYGH iShares Interest Rate Hedged High Yield Bond ETF -48.72
HYGH iShares Interest Rate Hedged High Yield Bond ETF -48.72
BSJJ Invesco BulletShares 2019 High Yield Corporate Bond ETF -28.73

AUM WINNERS

USHY iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 38.94%
USHY iShares Broad USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF 38.94%
HYXE iShares iBoxx USD High Yield ex Oil & Gas Corporate Bond ETF 24.88%
HYXE iShares iBoxx USD High Yield ex Oil & Gas Corporate Bond ETF 24.88%
HYIH Xtrackers High Yield Corporate Bond Interest Rate Hedged ETF 12.19%

AUM LOSERS

HYGV FlexShares High Yield Value-Scored Bond Index Fund -30.06%
HYGV FlexShares High Yield Value-Scored Bond Index Fund -30.06%
HYGH iShares Interest Rate Hedged High Yield Bond ETF -24.18%
HYGH iShares Interest Rate Hedged High Yield Bond ETF -24.18%
SNLN Highland iBoxx Senior Loan ETF -19.75%

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