iShares International High Yield Bond ETF and other Junk Bond ETFs take a hit as Interest Rates Rise
According to Morningstar, just one high-yield bond exchange-traded fund (ETF) offered a positive return this year through the end of the third quarter. The best performing high-yield ETFs tended to be shorter in duration, while some longer duration ETFs were among the worst performers, including iShares International High Yield Bond ETF (HYXU).
iShares International High Yield Bond ETF (HYXU) an international junk bond ETF sponsored by BlackRock, was reportedly the worst performing high yield ETF through the third quarter, according to Financial Advisor Mag. The $31 million fund has reportedly delivered a negative 24% year-to-date performance for an expense ratio of 0.4%.
As you many know by now, the federal reserve increased the interest rate again in September to 3% to 3.25%., (In May it was 0.75% to 1.00%). Rates were raised by 0.5% on May 4, 2022 and more increases are anticipated in the months ahead.
The longer the maturity of a particular bond or group of bonds, the greater impact changing interest rates will have. According to Morningstar, iShares International High Yield Bond ETF (HYXU) is currently down –27.81% YTD.
Securities Investigation – Bond Fund Investments
The White Law Group is investigating potential securities claims involving broker dealers who may have improperly recommended bond funds to investors.
Before recommending a bond investment, a financial advisor, at minimum, is required to disclose: (1) the bond’s current price, (2) the commissions or markups that must be paid to acquire the bond, (3) an explanation of the call provisions for the bond (if applicable), (4) the current yield, the yield to maturity, and the yield to call the bond, (5) the amount and timing of the bond payments, and, most importantly, (6) the risk of default or devaluation of that particular bond’s value.
If a financial advisor failed to disclose this potential risk of investing in bonds, and instead represented that investing in bonds is “safe,” then the investor may have a claim for failure to adequately disclose the true risks of investing in bonds at historically low yields. This risk is magnified if the maturity of the bond is longer. The longer the maturity of a particular bond or group of bonds, the greater impact changing interest rates will have. So, if a financial advisor recommends to a client in a historically low yield environment, to over-concentrate their portfolio in long term bonds, the risk of loss is substantially greater than if the broker recommended short term bonds.
If you have suffered investment losses in IShares International High Yield Bond ETF (HYXU), the securities attorneys at the White Law Group may be able to help you by filing a FINRA Dispute Resolution claim against the brokerage firm that sold you the investment.
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