|It's all about the juice...
I recently looked at high-yield dividend ETFs. Today I'm specifically looking for fixed-income ETFs quoted on the London Stock Exchange. So here goes with some more real-life Do It Yourself investing...
AAs I have already said, I haven't found a good source of potential ETF targets. Topyields is one of the more useful sites for identifying high-yielders, including some ETFs - but it does not have a page specifically for the London market ETFs (and you should be aware that you may need to double-check some of the numbers that appear).
Even finding the yields from the ETF providers can be difficult, so I tend to rely on the data provided by Bloomberg. Having said that, you obviously need to know what ETF to look for - and therein lies the challenge.
So to help you on your way (assuming you are interested in this corner of the investment world) here is a list of high-yield fixed-income ETFs I have come across recently that have an attractive yield. I can't claim that it is comprehensive, so do let me know if I've missed any of your favourites. Currency and current yields (from Bloomberg) are shown.
- iShares Euro High Yield Corporate Bond UCITS ETF: IHYG, EUR, 5.8%
- iShares Emerging Markets Local Government Bond UCITS ETF: SEML, GBP, 5.5%
- iShares $ High Yield Corporate Bond UCITS ETF: SHYU, GBP, 5.5%
- iShares Global High Yield Corp Bond UCITS ETF: HYLD, USD, 5.0%
- iShares JP Morgan $ Emerging Markets Bond UCITS ETF: IEMB, USD, 4.6%
- PIMCO Short-Term High Yield Corporate Bond Sr Source ETF: STHY, EUR, 4.5%
- PIMCO Short-Term High Yield Corporate Bond Source ETF: STHE, EUR 4.3%
I think that is quite an interesting collection and it might provide the basis for a well-diversified portfolio for the longer term. That's assuming that we know what will happen to worldwide bond yields/prices - which we don't (other than that it is likely to fall in some developed markets). My own strategy is to buy the highest yields (within reason) - but many experienced investors might see this as rather naïve! Still, it seems to have worked for me over the last few years...
But do make your own assessment.
[The DIY Income Investor portfolio currently holds IHYG, SEML, SHYU and EMDD]
[Update 2/7/14 - .... and now includes HYLD]
I am not a financial adviser and the information provided does not constitute financial advice. You should always do your own research on top of what you learn here to ensure that it's right for your specific circumstances.