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BlackRock ETF Is the New Leader for Emerging-Market Debt Investors

  • Assets in iShares EM bond fund doubled to $10 billion in year
  • Fee is less than a third of what biggest mutual fund charges
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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What’s the latest frontier to be conquered by low-cost exchange-traded funds? Emerging-market debt.

Despite a surge in appetite for high-yielding debt, mutual funds that charge more than double the fees of relatively cheap ETFs have struggled to keep up.