EMLC Marks Third Anniversary
FRAN RODILOSSO: The Market Vectors Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF, EMLC, was the first U.S.-listed ETF to track an emerging markets local currency bond index. EMLC is now three years old, having been launched in July 2010. As of June 30, 2013, EMLC's assets were over $1.2 billion, and it remained the lowest-cost emerging market local currency bond ETF, at net expenses of 47 basis points 1,2. EMLC is designed to provide access to markets, although large, that are difficult for many investors to access. EMLC's returns historically have come from three areas: income, appreciation or depreciation of bond prices and currency movements.
Emerging market local currency debt is actually the largest component of the emerging markets debt universe. It outweighs hard currency debt by a vast margin at this point in time and is growing more rapidly. It offers investors an alternative to dollar-based investments within the emerging markets universe.
RODILOSSO: EMLC seeks to track the J.P. Morgan GBI-EMG Core Index [GBIEMCOR]. The GBI-EM indexes are the most widely-followed indexes in the emerging market local currency space. Therefore, some investors see EMLC as a very good bellwether for the market as a whole. The Index's components, as of 6/30/13, were approximately 184 bonds from 16 countries, and are actually quite large and relatively liquid themselves. As of 6/30/2013, almost 90% of the Index's components had an investment-grade rating from at least one of the major ratings agencies.
RODILOSSO: Van Eck applies sampling techniques to its credit and emerging market fixed-income ETFs where a complete index replication is not really practicable.
Investment Management Team
RODILOSSO: Mike Mazier and I are co-portfolio managers of EMLC. Mike has managed the Fund since its launch in 2010. He has more than 20 years' experience in fixed-income research, portfolio management, and systems development. I joined the team in 2012 and I also have 20 years' experience in fixed-income investing, the last 18 of which have been focused on emerging markets.
RODILOSSO: Having reached its third anniversary, we consider EMLC to be time tested. Historically, its investment process, its market makers, and its creation and redemption process have held up to periods of both heavy buying and heavy selling. The team's ability to execute efficiently is a big reason why, in our opinion, the Fund has historically tracked its Index well through various market environments. EMLC recently received a rating from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the NAIC. As of 6/30/13, it carried a risk-based capital designation of two, the second-highest rating on the NAIC scale. 3
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1 Out of five funds in the EM local currency bond ETF category, according to Morningstar.
2 EMLC Fees & Expenses – Gross Expense Ratio: 0.47%; Net Expense Ratio: 0.47%. Van Eck Associates Corporation (the “Adviser”) has agreed to waive fees and/or pay Fund expenses to the extent necessary to prevent the operating expenses of the Fund (excluding interest expense, offering costs, trading expenses, taxes and extraordinary expenses) from exceeding 0.47% of the Fund’s average daily net assets per year until at least September 1, 2013. During such time, the expense limitation is expected to continue until the Fund’s Board of Trustees acts to discontinue all or a portion of such expense limitation. Cap excludes certain expenses, such as interest.
3 Preliminary NAIC Designations are the intellectual property of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and are redistributed here under License. A Preliminary NAIC Designation is an opinion of the NAIC Securities Valuation Office (SVO) of the probable credit quality designation that would be assigned by the SVO to an investment if purchased by an insurance company and reported to the SVO. A Preliminary NAIC Designation is only one of the regulatory factors considered by the SVO as part of its analysis of probable regulatory treatment under the Regulatory Treatment Analysis Service (RTAS). A full discussion of such other regulatory factors is set forth in the RTAS Letter provided to Van Eck Associates Corporation. A Preliminary NAIC Designation cannot be used to report the ETF to state insurance regulators. However, the purchasing insurance company may obtain an NAIC Designation for the ETF by filing the security and final documents for the ETF with the SVO. The indication of probable regulatory treatment indicated by a Preliminary NAIC Designation is not a recommendation to purchase the ETF and is not intended to convey approval or endorsement of the ETF Sponsor or the ETF by the NAIC.
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