NUAG: New Enhanced Yield U.S. Bond ETF launched by Nuveen

Nuveen, begun trading a new ETF, the NuShares Enhanced Yield U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (Nyse Arca: NUAG) on Thursday, September 15, 2016. Here is a synopsis of the new ETF:


Symbol: NUAG Exchange: NYSE ARCA
Name: NuShares Enhanced Yield U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF Net Expense Ratio: 0.20%


The NuShares Enhanced Yield U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF seeks to track the investment results, before fees and expenses, of the BofA Merrill Lynch Enhanced Yield US Broad Bond Index.


The BofA Merrill Lynch Enhanced Yield US Broad Bond Index  is designed to broadly capture the U.S. investment grade fixed income market, as represented by the BofA Merrill Lynch US Broad Market Index (Base Index). Unlike the Base Index, the Enhanced Index does not capitalization-weight component securities. Instead, the Enhanced Index first assigns component securities from the Base Index into a variety of categories based upon asset class, sector, credit quality and maturity.
The Enhanced Index then employs a rules-based methodology to allocate higher weights to categories with the potential for higher yields than the Base Index while seeking to maintain risk and credit quality at levels similar to those of the Base Index by limiting the amount of deviation between the two indices with respect to sector and category weights, tracking error, duration, and turnover. After assigning weights at the category level (negative weights for a category are not permitted), the Enhanced Index then distributes each category weight among the category’s individual component securities based on their relative market capitalizations. The Base Index and Enhanced Index are both rebalanced on a monthly basis.
The Enhanced Index draws from the universe defined by the Base Index, which consists of U.S. dollar-denominated, investment grade taxable debt securities with fixed rate coupons that have at least one year to final maturity. The Enhanced Index is principally comprised of U.S. government securities (securities issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government or its agencies or instrumentalities), debt securities issued by U.S. corporations, residential and commercial mortgage-backed securities, asset-backed securities, and U.S. dollar denominated debt securities issued by non-U.S. governments and corporations that are publicly offered for sale in the United States.
A significant portion of the bonds represented in the Enhanced Index are U.S. agency mortgage-backed pass-through securities, which are securities issued by entities such as the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae) and the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) that are backed by pool of mortgages. Most transactions in mortgage-backed pass-through securities occur through standardized contracts for future delivery in which the exact mortgage pools to be delivered are not specified until a few days prior to settlement, referred to as “to-be-announced (TBA) transactions.” The Fund expects to enter into TBA transactions on a regular basis. Pending settlement of TBA transactions, the Fund will invest assets committed to such transactions in short-term, high-quality instruments. The Fund may also use an investment strategy called “dollar rolls” (also referred to as “mortgage rolls”), in which the Fund sells securities for delivery in the current month and simultaneously contracts with a counterparty to repurchase similar (same type, coupon and maturity) but not identical securities on a specified future date.


Fund Top Holdings (09/14/16):

FNMA Conventional Long T. 30yr 10.5%
GNMA II Single Family 30yr 8.4%
GNMA II Single Family 30yr 6.2%
FNMA Conventional Long T. 30yr 4.1%
COMM 2015-LC19 1.3%


Index Sector Allocations (09/14/16):

Corporate Debt 37.0%
Securitized 31.5%
U.S. Treasury 22.9%
Government Related 8.7%



Useful Links:
NUAG Home Page




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