JPGB: New Global Bond Fund ETF launched by J.P. Morgan

J.P. Morgan, begun trading a new Global Bond Fund ETF, the JPMorgan Global Bond Opportunities ETF (Bats: JPGB), on Friday, April 07, 2017. Here is a synopsis of the new ETF:



Symbol: JPGB  Exchange: BATS
Name: JPMorgan Global Bond Opportunities ETF Net Expense Ratio: 0.55%


The JPMorgan Global Bond Opportunities ETF is an actively managed fund which seeks to provide total return.
The Fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing across sectors in developed and emerging markets located around the world. The Fund is flexible and opportunistic. Because the Fund is not managed to a benchmark, J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc. (adviser) has broad discretion to shift the Fund’s exposure to strategies, sectors, countries or currencies based on changing market conditions and its view of the best mix of investment opportunities. In buying and selling investments for the Fund, the adviser allocates the Fund’s exposure to strategies, sectors, countries and currencies based on the adviser’s analysis of individual
investments and broader economic conditions in individual countries, regions and the world. This allows the adviser to take a conservative approach during uncertain periods and move into higher risk opportunities as market conditions improve, which may result in the Fund focusing in only a few markets and sectors. The Fund’s focus may change from time to time.

Under normal circumstances, the Fund will invest at least 80% of its Assets in bonds. In managing the Fund, the adviser will seek to diversify the Fund’s portfolio by investing in issuers in at least 3 countries other than the U.S. The Fund may invest a substantial part of its assets in just one country and is not required to allocate its investments in any set percentages in any particular countries. Currently, the Fund anticipates at least 50% of the Fund’s net assets will be denominated in U.S. dollars or hedged back to U.S. dollars. However, from time to time, the Fund may have greater exposure to non-U.S. dollar investments to take advantage of market conditions.

The Fund has broad flexibility to invest in a wide variety of debt securities and instruments. The Fund currently seeks to maintain a duration of eight years or less, although the Fund has the flexibility to maintain a longer duration under certain market conditions such as significant volatility in interest rates and spreads. Duration is a measure of the price sensitivity of a debt security or a portfolio of debt securities to relative changes in interest rates. For instance, a duration of three years means that a security’s or portfolio’s price would be expected to decrease by approximately 3% with a 1% increase in interest rates (assuming a parallel shift in yield curve). As part of its principal investment strategy, the Fund may invest in fixed and floating rate debt securities issued in developed and emerging markets. These securities may include debt securities issued by governments and their agencies, state and provincial governmental entities, supranational organizations, corporations and banks.

The Fund may also use currency related transactions involving currency derivatives as part of its primary investment strategy. A derivative is an instrument that has a value based on another instrument, exchange rate or index. The Fund may use currency derivatives including foreign forward currency contracts (including non-deliverable forwards) and currency options for hedging or to gain or manage exposure to currencies or securities. The adviser has flexibility to significantly increase the Fund’s exposure to currencies through the use of currency derivatives. The Fund may use foreign currency transactions and other derivatives to hedge non-dollar investments back to the U.S. dollar. In addition to currency derivatives, the Fund may use other fixed income and credit derivatives including futures contracts, options and swaps (including credit default swaps and interest rate swaps). The Fund may use derivatives as substitutes for securities in which the Fund can invest. The Fund may also use derivatives to establish, increase, decrease, or manage exposure to securities, markets, or currencies including for hedging purposes, to seek to increase gain to the Fund and/or as part of its risk management process.

A significant portion of the Fund’s assets may be invested in asset-backed securities and mortgage-related and mortgage-backed securities. Such securities may be structured as collateralized mortgage obligations and stripped mortgage-backed securities, including those structured such that payments consist of interest-only (IO), principal-only (PO) or principal and interest. The Fund may also invest in structured investments including credit linked notes (CLNs) for which the reference instrument is an emerging markets or developed markets debt instrument, adjustable rate mortgage loans (ARMs) and custodial receipts. The Fund may invest a significant amount of its assets in “sub-prime” mortgage-related securities. The Fund may invest in securities issued by the U.S. government and its agencies and instrumentalities including U.S. Treasury securities, treasury receipts and obligations and securities issued by the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac). The Fund may also invest in mortgage pass-through securities including securities eligible to be sold in the “to-be-announced” or TBA market (Mortgage TBAs). The Fund may enter into dollar rolls, in which the Fund sells mortgage-backed securities including Mortgage TBAs and at the same time contracts to buy back very similar securities on a future date. The Fund may also sell Mortgage TBAs short.

The Fund may invest in inflation-linked debt securities including fixed and floating rate debt securities of varying maturities ssued by the U.S. government, its agencies and instrumentalities, such as Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS). The Fund may also invest in inflation-linked debt securities issued by other entities such as corporations, foreign governments and foreign issuers. The Fund may also invest in when-issued securities, delayed delivery securities, forward commitments, zero-coupon securities, pay-in-kind securities, inverse floating rate securities, short-term funding agreements and deferred payment securities.
As part of its principal investment strategy and for temporary defensive purposes, any portion of the Fund’s total assets may be invested in cash and cash equivalents.

Top Holdings (04/21/17):

CAN 1 1/2 06/01/26 2.76%
ACGB 2 3/4 11/21/27 2.54%
BNTNF 10% 01/01/2025 2.44%
MBONO 6.50% 6/9/2022 2.43%
NZGB 3 1/2 04/14/33 2.04%
RUSSIA GOVT 8.15% 2/3/27 1.96%
INDOGB 8 3/4 05/15/31 1.90%
PGB 2 7/8 07/21/26 1.20%




Useful Links:
JPGB Home Page

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