An actively-managed US high-yield bond ETF that seeks to deliver a high level of income

About this Fund

  • Seeks to provide income by emphasizing three pillars: security selection, dynamic beta management and a disciplined investment process
  • Disciplined investment process that combines quant and fundamental research, as well as both top-down and bottom-up analysis
  • Beta management is emphasized to capture upside alpha and reduce downside risk

Investment Approach

  • Primarily invests in US high-yield corporate bonds

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Risks To Consider

  • Investing in ETFs involves risk and there is no guarantee of principal.

    Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Fund/Portfolio carefully before investing. For copies of our prospectus or summary prospectus, which contain this and other information, visit our Literature Center or contact your AB representative. Please read the prospectus and/or summary prospectus carefully before investing.

    Shares of the ETF may be bought or sold throughout the day at their market price on the exchange on which they are listed. The market price of an ETF's shares may be at, above or below the ETF’s net asset value ("NAV") and will fluctuate with changes in the NAV as well as supply and demand in the market for the shares. Shares of the ETF may only be redeemed directly with the ETF at NAV by Authorized Participants, in very large creation units. There can be no guarantee that an active trading market for the Fund’s shares will develop or be maintained, or that their listing will continue or remain unchanged. Buying or selling the Fund’s shares on an exchange may require the payment of brokerage commissions and frequent trading may incur brokerage costs that detract significantly from investment returns.

  • Below Investment Grade Securities Risk: Investments in fixed-income securities with lower ratings (a/k/a junk bonds) are subject to a higher probability that an issuer will default or fail to meet its payment obligations. These securities may be subject to greater price volatility due to such factors as specific municipal or corporate developments and negative performance of the junk bond market generally and may be more difficult to trade than other types of securities.

  • Credit Risk: A bond’s credit rating reflects the issuer’s ability to make timely payments of interest or principal—the lower the rating, the higher the risk of default. If the issuer’s financial strength deteriorates, the issuer’s rating may be lowered, and the bond’s value may decline.

  • Derivatives Risk: Derivatives may be more sensitive to changes in market conditions and may amplify risks.

  • Foreign (Non-U.S.) Investment Risk: Investments in securities of non-U.S. issuers may involve more risk than those of U.S. issuers. These securities may fluctuate more widely in price and may be more difficult to trade than domestic securities due to adverse market, economic, political, regulatory, or other factors.

  • Inflation Risk: Prices for goods and services tend to rise over time, which may erode the purchasing power of investments.

  • Investment Securities Risk: To the extent the Fund invests in other funds, shareholders will bear to layers of asset-based expenses, which could reduce returns.

  • Leverage Risk: To the extent the Fund uses leveraging techniques, its NAV may be more volatile because leverage tends to exaggerate the effect of changes in interest rates, and any increase or decrease in the value of the Fund’s investments.

  • Market Risk: The market values of the portfolio’s holdings rise and fall from day to day, so investments may lose value. 

  • AllianceBernstein L.P. (AB) is the investment Advisor for the Fund.

  • Distributed by Foreside Fund Services, LLC. Foreside is not affiliated with AllianceBernstein.

Prior to close of business on 5/12/2023, the Fund operated as an open-end mutual fund. The Fund has an identical investment objective and substantially similar investment strategies and investment risk profiles as the predecessor mutual fund. The NAV returns include returns of the Advisor Share Class of the predecessor mutual fund prior to the Fund’s commencement of operations. Performance for the Fund’s Shares has not been adjusted to reflect the Fund’s Shares’ lower expenses than those of the predecessor mutual fund’s Advisor Share Class. Had the predecessor fund been structured as an exchange-traded fund, its performance may have differed. Please refer to the current prospectus for further information. Performance prior to 7/27/16 reflects AB High Yield Portfolio, a series of the AB Pooling Portfolios that was reorganized into the Fund and is the surviving entity in the reorganization. Performance for those periods would have been lower if such accounting survivor had operated at the Fund’s current expense levels. Prior to 4/30/21, the Fund was called AB FlexFee High Yield Portfolio. Data prior to 4/30/21 relates to AB FlexFee High Yield Portfolio.


The highest of S&P, Moody’s, Fitch, Kroll Bond Rating Agency, LLC and DBRS Morningstar but may rely on ratings from other nationally recognized statistic rating organizations (NRSROs). Not-rated securities are those rated by another NRSRO. Credit quality measures the creditworthiness and risk of a bond or portfolio, based on the issuer’s financial condition. AAA is highest and D is lowest. Ratings may not accurately reflect credit risk and are subject to change. If applicable, the Pre-Refunded category includes bonds which are secured by US Government Securities and therefore are deemed high-quality investment grade by the Adviser.


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