Franklin Templeton Investments introduced three new ETFs — Franklin Liberty Senior Loan ETF (FLBL), Franklin Liberty High Yield Corporate ETF (FLHY) and Franklin International Aggregate Bond ETF (FLIA) — expanding its lineup of fixed income active ETFs managed by its fixed income Group. The three ETFs are listed on the Cboe BZX exchange.
“In a persistently low-yield environment like the one we’ve been in, the need for income has intensified while advisors and clients are challenged in finding it,” said Patrick O’Connor, head of global ETFs. “As investors look to get more income out of their fixed income allocation, these new ETFs enable them to access additional fixed income sectors globally in a targeted way, as they define what they need and how they want to achieve it.”
The Franklin Liberty Senior Loan ETF seeks to provide a high level of current income with a secondary goal of preservation of capital. It invests at least 80% of its net assets in senior loans and investments that provide exposure to senior loans issued by U.S. and non-U.S. corporate entities. The senior loans includeleveraged loans, bank loans and/or floating rate loans.
The Franklin Liberty High Yield Corporate ETF (FLHY) also seeks a high level of current income with a secondary goal of capital appreciation. It invests at least 80% of its net assets in high yield corporate debt securities and investments that provide exposure to those securities, and it can enter into certain derivative transactions, principally currency and cross currency forwards and swap agreements, including interest rate and credit default swaps.
The Franklin International Aggregate Bond ETF (FLIA) seeks to maximize total investment return, by combining interest income and capital appreciation. The fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in bonds and investments that provide exposure to bonds, predominantly fixed-and floating-rate bonds issued by governments, government agencies and governmental-related or corporate issuers located outside the U.S. The fund may also enter into various currency-related transactions involving derivative instruments, including currency and cross currency forwards and currency futures contracts.
Hartford Funds Extends ETF Rollouts with Launch of Hartford Short Duration ETF
Sub-advised by Wellington Management Company LLP, HSRT will typically invest in investment grade securities, but can also invest in bank loans and non-investment grade fixed income securities. The Fund will use derivatives — such as Treasury futures and interest rate swaps — to manage its interest rate risk and duration, maintaining a dollar-weighted average duration of less than three years. HSRT’s expense ratio is 0.29%.
Xtrackers Repurposes China A-Shares ETF to Provide Access to MSCI Inclusion
DWS today announced that the Xtrackers CSI 300 China A-Shares Hedged Equity ETF (ASHX) will change its name to Xtrackers MSCI China A Inclusion Equity ETF and switch its underlying index to the MSCI China A Inclusion Index. The new index is designed to track the progressive partial inclusion of A shares in the MSCI Emerging Markets Index over time. A shares that can be accessed through the Stock Connect program.
Effective today, the gross and net expense ratio for ASHX has been permanently reduced to 0.60% from 1.35% gross and 0.70% net expense ratios, which according to DWS makes the fund the most cost-effective pure China A-shares exposure ETF in the U.S. ETF market.
Nationwide Advisory Solutions Adds Nine New Funds
Nationwide Advisory Solutions added nine new funds to Monument Advisor, its flat-fee investment-only variable annuity (IOVA).
To round out its suite of offerings from top manager American Funds, Nationwide Advisory Solutions now offers six new investment options, bringing the total to eighteen. The new additions from American Funds include, Capital Income Builder, Global Growth and Income Fund, Global Growth Fund, U.S. Government/AAA-Rated Securities Fund, International Growth and Income Fund, and Global Small Cap.
Nationwide Advisory Solutions also added Nationwide’s NVIT Nationwide Fund, which changed subadvisers in November 2017 to AQR Capital Management. The fund strategy utilizes a defensive large-cap equity style.
In addition, Nationwide Advisory Solutions now offers RIAs and fee-based advisors two funds from MFS investment Management: MFS Value and MFS Growth.