Inspire’s Biblical Bond ETF Is The First ESG Fixed Income ETF To Break $100 Million AUM

Inspire Investing’s biblical bond ETF, Inspire Corporate Bond Impact ETF [NYSE: IBD], recently surpassed the $100 million assets under management (AUM) mark in under 2 years of trading.
May 14, 2019
Eric Smyth

San Jose, Calif., May 15, 2019 — Inspire Investing’s biblical bond ETF, Inspire Corporate Bond Impact ETF [NYSE: IBD], recently surpassed the $100 million assets under management (AUM) mark in under 2 years of trading. IBD is the first ESG (Environment, Social, Governance) fixed income ETF to break the $100 million AUM mark, beating out such industry giants as iShares, Nuveen, and VanEck. IBD currently has assets of $105M.

This comes just two short months after Inspire’s Global Hope ETF [NYSE: BLES] broke $100 million AUM. BLES has continued its rapid growth and currently holds $145.8 million AUM, as of May 10th.

Here is what Inspire CEO, Robert Netzly, had to say about the fund’s asset growth:

“We are incredibly humbled to be the first ESG fixed income ETF ever to break $100 million in AUM. Being a biblically responsible fund, this milestone brings even more credibility to the biblically responsible investing movement. Wall Street is starting to notice that there are millions of Christian investors who want to glorify God with their finances, and it is inspiring transformation!”

The Inspire Corporate Bond ETF was also named as a finalist in the “Thematic ETF of the Year – 2018” category for the 2018 ETF.com Awards earlier this year.

About Inspire Corporate Bond Impact ETF (NYSE: IBD)

Inspire Corporate Bond Impact ETF is a faith-based ESG (environmental, social and governance) bond ETF that seeks to deliver quality performance characteristics while also creating meaningful impact in the lives of people across the globe. This fund seeks to replicate investment results that generally correspond to the performance of the Inspire Corporate Bond Impact Index.

IBD invests in higher credit quality, investment grade fixed income securities of some of the most inspiring, biblically aligned large companies in the United States, as measured by the companies’ Inspire Impact Score. The Inspire Impact Score is Inspire’s proprietary methodology of identifying alignment with positive, biblical values across environmental, social and governance categories.

For more information on the Inspire Corporate Bond Impact ETF [NYSE: IBD], including performance, fact sheets, prospectus and other information, visit http://www.inspireETF.com.

Rapid Growth

Inspire’s commitment to supporting biblical values such as pro-life, traditional marriage and ending human trafficking with their investment offerings seems to resonate with investors across the globe.

IBD has grown rapidly along with Inspire’s other biblically responsible ETFs, helping Inspire gain recognition as the #5 fastest growing registered investment advisor (RIA) firm in the nation in 2017, according to Financial Advisor Magazine’s “Top 50 Fastest Growing RIAs” annual report.

All four of Inspire’s ETFs total over $392.9M AUM as of May 10th, 2019.

Inspire, the adviser, provides the index for the Inspire Funds to track. The indexes use software that analyzes publicly available data relating to the primary business activities, products and services, philanthropy, legal activities, policies and practices when assigning Inspire Impact Scores to a company. The securities with the highest Inspire Impact Scores are included in the Indexes and are equally weighted. As the Fund may not fully replicate the Index, it is subject to the risk that investment management strategy may not produce the intended results. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Securities in the Index or in the Fund’s portfolio may underperform in comparison to the general securities markets or other asset classes. The Fund may focus its investments in securities of a particular industry to the extent the Index does. This may cause the Fund's net asset value to fluctuate more than that of a fund that does not focus in a particular industry. Fluctuations in the value of equity securities held by the Fund will cause the net asset value (“NAV”) of the Fund to fluctuate. The Fund is not actively managed and the Adviser will not sell shares of an equity security due to current or projected underperformance of a security, industry or sector, unless that security is removed from the Index or the selling of shares of that security is otherwise required upon a rebalancing of the Index as addressed in the Index methodology. Tracking error may occur because of imperfect correlation between the Fund’s holdings of portfolio securities and those in the Index. The Fund’s use of a representative sampling approach, if used, could result in its holding a smaller number of securities than are in the Index. To the extent the assets in the Fund are smaller, these risks will be greater. ‍ Investors cannot invest directly in an index and unmanaged index returns do not reflect any fees, expenses or sales charges.

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There is no guarantee that the Funds will achieve their objective, generate positive returns, or avoid losses. Before investing, consider the funds’ investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. To obtain a prospectus which contains this and other information, call 877.658.9473, or visit www.inspireinvesting.com. Read it carefully. The Inspire ETFs are distributed by Foreside Financial Services LLC., Member FINRA / SIPC. 

Inspire and Foreside Financial Services LLC are not affiliated. 

ETF shares are not redeemable with the issuing fund other than in large Creation Unit aggregations. Instead, investors must buy or sell ETF Shares in the secondary market with the assistance of a stockbroker. In doing so, the investor may incur brokerage commissions and may pay more than net asset value when buying and receive less than net asset value when selling. The NAV of the Fund’s shares is calculated each day the national securities exchanges are open for trading as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”), normally 4:00 p.m. Eastern time (the “NAV Calculation Time”). Shares are bought and sold at market price (closing price) not NAV. Market price returns are based on the midpoint of the bid/ask spread at 4:00 pm Eastern Time (when NAV is normally determined). 

An active secondary market for the Fund’s shares may not exist. Although the Fund’s shares will be listed on an exchange, subject to notice of issuance, it is possible that an active trading market may not develop or be maintained. There is no guarantee that distributions will be paid. 

Investment advisory services offered through CWM Advisors, LLC dba Inspire, a Registered Investment Advisor with the SEC. 

National Admin Office: 650 San Benito St, Ste. 130 Hollister, CA 95023; Phone: (877)658-9473; Email: admin@inspireinvesting.com 

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