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Fallen Angel High Yield Bonds

Provide a distinct value proposition that sets them apart from the broad high yield market. Learn more about how the VanEck Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF (ANGL®) can offer investors an efficient way to access this unique segment.

What Sets Fallen Angel Bonds Apart

Fallen angel high yield bonds are part of the overall high yield universe but unique in that they were originally issued with investment grade ratings and later downgraded to non-investment grade, or high yield.

Higher Quality High Yield Bonds2

The outperformance of fallen angel high yield bonds versus the broad high yield market has historically been driven by the systematic buying of oversold and undervalued bonds, differentiated sector exposure and a higher average credit quality.

Not All High Yield Bonds Are Created Equal

Fallen angels stand apart from original-issue high yield bonds, offering a higher quality, high yield bond strategy that has historically outperformed the broad high yield bond market, including actively managed funds. Fallen angel high yield bonds, historically, tend to be issued by larger, more established companies, have a higher rate of upgrades to investment gradeand offer a contrarian approach to investing in bonds exposed to heavy selling.


Source: FactSet. Data as of September 30, 2021. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Index performance is not illustrative of fund performance. See important disclosures below.

Important Disclosures

1Source: ICE BofA. Data as of 9/30/2021. Based on average ascension rates to investment grade since 12/31/2003.

2Historically higher average credit quality and risk-adjusted returns than the broad high yield bond universe, when comparing ICE US Fallen Angel High Yield 10% Constrained Index and ICE BofA US High Yield Index. ICE BofA rating is a proprietary composite of various rating agencies. Risk-adjusted returns are measured by Sharpe ratio, which is a statistical measure of the excess return of a portfolio over a risk-free rate of return (as found with a U.S. Treasury security) per unit of the portfolio’s standard deviation of returns.

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Performance current to the most recent month end is available by clicking here

An investment in the Fund may be subject to risk which includes, among others, high yield securities, foreign securities, foreign currency, credit, interest rate, restricted securities, market, operational, call, Consumer staples, consumer discretionary, energy, communications, index tracking, authorized participant concentration, no guarantee of active trading market, trading issues, passive management, fund shares trading, premium/discount risk and liquidity of fund shares, non-diversified and concentration risks, all of which may adversely affect the Fund.

Index returns are not Fund returns and do not reflect any management fees or brokerage expenses. Certain indices may take into account withholding taxes. Investors cannot invest directly in the Index. Returns for actual Fund investors may differ from what is shown because of differences in timing, the amount invested and fees and expenses. Index returns assume that dividends have been reinvested.

ICE US Fallen Angel High Yield 10% Constrained Index (H0CF, Index) is a subset of the ICE BofA US High Yield Index (H0A0, Broad Index) and includes securities that were rated investment grade at time of issuance.

ICE BofA US High Yield Index (H0A0, Broad Index) is comprised of below-investment grade corporate bonds (based on an average of various rating agencies) denominated in U.S. dollars.

Index data on and prior to February 28, 2020 reflects that of the ICE BofA US Fallen Angel High Yield Index (H0FA). From February 28, 2020 forward, the index data reflects that of the Fund's underlying index, the ICE US Fallen Angel High Yield 10% Constrained Index (H0CF). Index history which includes periods prior to February 28, 2020 links H0FA and H0CF and is not intended for third party use.

Morningstar High-Yield Bond Average category is comprised of open-end mutual funds with an investment objective to seek returns via significant exposure to low quality bonds, those that are either unrated or rated by a major agency as BB or lower.

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Performance and characteristics of the ICE US Fallen Angel High Yield 10% Constrained Index (H0CF) are quoted throughout this material. H0CF is not representative of the entire Fallen Angels high yield corporate bond market. H0CF does not represent the performance or yield of the Fund.

Fund shares are not individually redeemable and will be issued and redeemed at their NAV only through certain authorized broker-dealers in large, specified blocks of shares called "creation units" and otherwise can be bought and sold only through exchange trading. Shares may trade at a premium or discount to their NAV in the secondary market. You will incur brokerage expenses when trading Fund shares in the secondary market. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Returns for actual Fund investments may differ from what is shown because of differences in timing, the amount invested, and fees and expenses. The "Net Asset Value" (NAV) of a VanEck Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is determined at the close of each business day, and represents the dollar value of one share of the fund; it is calculated by taking the total assets of the fund, subtracting total liabilities, and dividing by the total number of shares outstanding. The NAV is not necessarily the same as the ETF's intraday trading value. VanEck ETF investors should not expect to buy or sell shares at NAV.

Investing involves substantial risk and high volatility, including possible loss of principal. Bonds and bond funds will decrease in value as interest rates rise. An investor should consider the investment objective, risks, charges and expenses of the Fund carefully before investing. To obtain a prospectus and summary prospectus, which contains this and other information, call 888.460.6805 or visit Please read the prospectus and summary prospectus carefully before investing.

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