Global X, UBS Launch ETF, ETNs

The new products include one ETF from Global X and four ETNs from UBS.

Reviewed by: Heather Bell
Edited by: Heather Bell

Today Global X rolled out an actively managed emerging bond ETF. The Global X Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMBD) invests primarily in fixed-rate and floating-rate debt issued by private and public entities.

EMBD comes with an expense ratio of 0.39% and lists on the NYSE Arca.

The fund caps issues from any single country at 20% of the portfolio. Its managers select the securities in the portfolio based on macro views and fundamental research.

There are five other actively managed ETFs listed on U.S. exchanges, but EMBD is the cheapest by almost 20 basis points.

UBS Adds 5 Leveraged ETFs
The UBS ETRACS ETN lineup was devastated by the market downturn, with nearly 20 mostly leveraged products closed down or delisted.

The family added another four ETNs today. The new products only offer 1.5x leverage on their respective underlying indexes, with the resets occurring quarterly or monthly rather than the usual daily. While this reduces the potential for outsized returns, it also limits the volatility associated with leveraged products.

The new additions include the following:

The underlying indexes cover business development companies, closed-end funds, MLPs and mortgage REITs.

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Heather Bell is a former managing editor of She has also held editorial positions at Dow Jones Indexes and Lehman Brothers. Bell is a graduate of Dartmouth college and resides in the Denver area with her two dogs.