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  • Trump Presidency Could Pressure These Bond ETFs

    11-21-2016 10:48 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president, plenty of asset classes rallied, but bonds and fixed income ETFs were not among them. Additionally, more investors are expecting the Federal Reserve to begin another round of interest rate hikes as soon as December...

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  • As Fed Delays Hike, Muni Bond ETFs Hit Highs

    06-15-2016 05:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the Federal Reserve delaying its interest rate hike, municipal bond exchange traded funds maintained their momentum, with benchmark yields dipping to new lows. The iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) was slightly higher Wednesday, ending in the black f...

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  • A Bright Idea Among Municipal Bond ETFs

    06-14-2016 10:24 AM by Brenton Garen

    With the Federal Reserve holding off on raising interest rates to this point in 2016, investors have been flocking to longer-dated fixed income exchange traded funds, including municipal bond funds. Municipal bonds and the corresponding ETFs are popular among conservative, inc...

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  • Manage Volatility, Generate Income with Muni Bond ETFs

    06-01-2016 05:00 PM by Max Chen

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds may not be the most exciting investment, but they have been maintained their momentum in 2016, providing investors with steady and stable returns. Fixed-income investors should take a second look at municipal bonds as they begin to fall beh...

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  • 15 Most Read ETF Articles of the Week (May 16-20)

    05-20-2016 05:34 PM by Brenton Garen

    Each dayETFtrends.com publishes news, strategy and commentary on ETFs in the realms of Commodities, Currency, Equities and Smart-Beta to name a few. Heres a look at the Top 15 Most Viewed Articles of the Week on ETF Trends, May 16-20, 2016. Click the headline to read the fu...

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  • Podcast: Investors Cant Get Enough of Muni Debt

    05-19-2016 01:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    Each week ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon sits down forETF of the Week forMarketWatch on Chuck Jaffes MoneyLife Show wherehehighlights big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, Lydon looked at the VanEck Vectors High-Yield Municipal Index ETF (HYD)....

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  • Muni Bond ETFs to Pad Fixed-Income Portfolios

    05-16-2016 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fixed-income investors who follow the benchmark Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index may be missing out on the stability and yield opportunity found in municipal debt securities. Consequently, traders should consider including a muni bond exchange traded fund to round out their inv...

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  • 33 Muni Bond ETFs to Augment Income Generation

    05-13-2016 04:24 PM by Max Chen

    Municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded funds have been used as a relatively stable fixed-income stream for many investment portfolios. Since muni bond interest is exempt from federal taxes, muni ETFs are a good way for investors seeking tax-exempt income, especially t...

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  • Despite Puerto Rico Woes, Muni ETFs Maintain Momentum

    05-02-2016 02:42 PM by Max Chen

    Puerto Rico was set to default on payments Monday, but fixed-income investors continue to pile into municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds, driving the market higher. The commonwealth was expected to default on $422 million in Government Development Bank debt, but i...

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  • High Yield: Painting with a Full Palette

    04-25-2016 08:00 AM by Justin Sibears, Newfound Research

    Note: This article is part ofthe ETF Strategist Channel By Justin Sibears Broadly speaking, total returns for most asset classes can be broken into two components: income and capital appreciation. For large-cap domestic equities, both sources of return look to be constra...

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  • Bond ETF Investors Warm up to Riskier Assets

    03-21-2016 05:33 PM by Max Chen

    High-yield, speculative-grade bond exchange traded funds are attracting billions of dollars as market volatility dissipates and investors look to capitalize on cheaper valuations in riskier assets after the recent sell-off. Investors funneled $2 billion into funds in high-yiel...

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  • Muni ETFs Time to Shine

    01-05-2016 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As people digest the changing Federal Reserve outlook, fixed-income investors may want to hold onto their municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded fund positions. "One area of the U.S. bond market that does merit attention is the municipal market," according to Russ Koe...

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  • Fed Feeds Muni Bond ETFs Inflows

    10-13-2015 05:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Even with mounting concern over Puerto Ricos ability to repay debt obligations and ongoing speculation about when the Federal Reserve will finally increase interest rates, municipal exchange traded and mutual funds remain popular with investors. The munis market has been press...

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  • Examining Your Funds Puerto Rico Exposure

    06-30-2015 08:20 AM by Todd Shriber

    Greece or Puerto Rico. Investors have their pick of default poison, but investors in fixed income exchange traded and mutual funds would do well to monitor goings on in Puerto Rico because the U.S. territorys imminent default could affect some well-known municipal bond funds. ...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Somewhat Sturdy Despite Puerto Rico Default

    06-29-2015 12:23 PM by Todd Shriber

    With Greece captivating investors attention today, the reaction to Puerto Ricos debt troubles might just be Oh yeah, Puerto Rico is about to default. That does not change the fact the U.S. territory cannot pay $72 billion in debts. So dire is the situation in Puerto Rico, Gov....

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  • Chicagos Descent to Junk Doesnt Rattle Muni ETFs

    05-15-2015 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Earlier this week, Moodys Investors Service lowered Chicagos credit rating to junk status after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled against a state pension reform plan. Moodys says Chicagos public pension plan is underfunded by $20 billion, but some high-yield municipal bond exchang...

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  • Puerto Rico Debt Concerns Could Pressure High-Yield Muni ETFs

    05-08-2015 02:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    Another round of financing problems in Puerto Rico could shake the municipal debt market and bond-related exchange traded funds. According to the island's Government Development Bank, the government could run out of cash by the end of September and could execute emergency meas...

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  • Investors Still Favoring Muni Bond ETFs

    04-21-2015 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Speculation that the Federal Reserve is close to raising interest rates is not chasing investors from fixed income exchange traded funds. Investors added $35.7 billion to bond ETFs in the first quarter. Municipal bond funds got in on the action. In the first quarter 2015, inve...

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  • Investors Pile Into Muni Bond ETFs

    03-05-2015 01:20 PM by Todd Shriber

    Even with the specter of higher interest rates looming, some investors are not shying away from municipal bond exchange traded funds. To this point, 2015 has been a banner year for inflows to fixed income ETFs and data indicate muni ETFs are getting in on that action. Investor...

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  • Investors Keep Pouring Into Muni ETFs

    01-21-2015 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Fixed income exchange traded funds are coming off a record year of asset gathering that saw two bond funds rank among the top 10 ETFs for added assets. To start 2015, municipal bond funds are keeping the torch burning for bond ETFs. While investors pulled $4.9 billion out of t...

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  • Increased State Debt Issuance Could Pressure Muni ETFs

    01-06-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The shrinking municipal bonds market helped munis-related exchange traded funds outperform in the fixed-income space in 2014. However, the favorable supply and demand dynamics may be about to change and begin holding back the munis market. Over the past year, the iShares Natio...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs May Still Ride Tailwinds

    11-07-2014 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The municipal bond market and related exchange traded funds will continue to benefit from the supply-demand but investors could see short-term volatility from default speculation, notably in Puerto Rican debt. "I think the tailwinds are still very positive for municipal bonds,...

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  • Time to Temper Your Municipal Bond ETF Expectations

    10-17-2014 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After posting one of their best annual gains since 2011, municipal debt securities, along with related exchange traded funds, may begin to slow down. The iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) has increased 9.0% year-to-date and gained 10.3% over the past year...

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  • High-Yield Muni ETF Navigates its way to New Highs

    08-27-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Despite Puerto Rico debt restructuring concerns, ongoing debt settlement talks in Detroit and elevated fears of additional public pension-induced municipal bankruptcies in other parts of the U.S., municipal bond ETFs have been solid performers in 2014. That includes the high-y...

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  • Muni ETFs Supported by Lowest New Issuance Since 2001

    08-01-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the Puerto Rico debt restructuring concerns, municipal bond exchange traded funds could still advance as new issuance falls to a 13 year low. Over the past month, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) and SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (N...

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  • Passive Muni ETFs Shed Puerto Rico Exposure

    07-25-2014 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Passively managed exchange traded funds usually do not make wholesale changes to their portfolios. Most of the underlying indices for passive ETFs rebalance quarterly and even then, holding and sector changes often boil down to just a few basis points. However, there are circu...

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  • Muni ETFs Look Cheap After Puerto Rico Induced Sell Off

    07-11-2014 01:49 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bonds, along with related exchange traded funds, are trading at their deepest discount to U.S. Treasuries in four months after another round of debt concerns over Puerto Rico's finances sparked a sell-off in muni funds. High-yield muni ETFs suffered the brunt of the ...

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  • Target Goldilocks Muni Duration with ETFs

    06-11-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fixed-income exchange traded fund investors have been hearing about the rate risk in long-term bonds, but now some are sounding the alarm on short-duration debt. "Last year, we were concerned primarily with reducing interest-rate risk by selling high grade (largely AAA and AA-...

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  • A High-Yield Municipal Bond ETF Option

    06-05-2014 12:01 PM by Tom Lydon

    I do the ETF of the Week for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffes MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. On Thursday, I focused on the Market Vectors High-Yield Municipal Index ETF (NYSEArca: HYD). Despite recent muni...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs' Moment in the Limelight

    06-02-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the Detroit's bankruptcy hindered demand, municipal bonds, along with related exchange traded funds, are posting robust gains on huge inflows. Year-to-date, the iShares S&P National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) is up 6.3%, SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bon...

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  • It May Be Time to Scale Back on High-Yield Muni ETFs

    05-21-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    High-yield municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds have been rallying alongside the strongest run-up in speculative debt since 2009, and now, Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is sounding a warning. Michael Zezas, chief muni strategist at Morgan Stanley, argued that the outl...

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  • ETF Flows Firming in Second Quarter

    05-20-2014 02:42 PM by Todd Shriber

    After a sluggish start to the year, inflows to exchange traded products are showing signs of life in the second quarter with the top-10 asset gainers including bond, emerging markets and sector funds. After a very choppy first quarter of 2014, U.S. listed exchange traded funds...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: New Contestants

    04-26-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Increased tensions in Eastern Europe sent U.S. stocks tumbling Friday with the Nasdaq the worst offender among the major U.S. indices with a loss of nearly 2%. For the week the S&P 500 closed modestly lower. With the U.S. and Western allies threatening additional sanctions...

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  • Investors Flocking to High Yield Muni ETFs

    04-24-2014 01:19 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds have been among the top performers in the fixed income space this year as declining Treasury yields have lifted muni bonds following last years decline at the hands of surging Treasury yields. Those falling Treasury yields and ...

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  • Muni ETFs Stand Out in Fixed-Income Space

    04-08-2014 02:14 PM by Max Chen

    In the fixed-income market, investors may find that municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds are a more attractive play than Treasuries or corporate debt. "Overall, municipal bonds maintain their high-quality appeal and continue to look attractive versus both Treasur...

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  • Muni ETFs Outperforming, but Watch Interest Rates

    03-25-2014 04:02 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds have been one of the best performing assets in the fixed-income space as attractive yields and shortage in supply bolster prices. However, munis could begin to cool if interest rates rise later this year. Muni ETFs have bee out...

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  • Muni Bonds: Puerto Rico Readies $3 Billion in Junk Debt

    03-10-2014 04:03 PM by Max Chen

    After three credit ratings agencies downgraded the commonwealth territory, Puerto Rico municipal bonds have rallied and is now offering $3 billion in bonds. Investors interested in gaining exposure to Puerto Rican debt can take a look at a couple high-yield municipal bond exchang...

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  • Market Vectors Rolls Out Short-Term High-Yield Muni ETF

    01-14-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Although investors in municipal bond exchange traded funds have recently faced headwinds at the hands of deepening public pension crises across the U.S., the Detroit bankruptcy and financial distress in Puerto Rico, some market participants still believe there is room for munis i...

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  • Problems Mount for Muni Bond Investors

    12-28-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exacerbated by Detroit's bankruptcy filing, Illinois' unfunded pension obligations and Puerto Rico distress, municipal bond exchange traded funds were battered as rates steadily rose since the start of May. Muni bond yields have increased faster than other fixed-income assets ...

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  • Pension Reform Could Lift Muni ETFs

    12-12-2013 02:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds, once a favored destination for conservative, income-seeking investors, have come under pressure this year. Rising interest rates, which have adversely affected muni ETFs, are only part of the reason. The specter of massively under-funded p...

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  • 10 Bond ETFs With Yields Above 5%

    11-13-2013 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Vanguard Short-Term Bond ETF (NYSEArca: BSV), one of this years most prolific asset gatherers among bond ETFs because of its low duration, has yields not much more than 1%. The iShares TIPS Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TIP) has a 30-day SEC yield of just 1.45%. Sure, the 3.45% 30-d...

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  • BlackRock Cautious on Muni Bond ETFs

    02-07-2013 07:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds have been performing quite well over the past few years as investors sought yield options beyond Treasuries. However, muni bond investors should expect lower returns in 2013, according to BlackRock (NYSE: BLK). Peter Hayes, BlackRock's head...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Keep Tax-Sheltered Status -- For Now

    01-08-2013 08:52 AM by Tom Lydon

    There had been speculation that Congress would curb or eliminate the tax-free status of muni bonds in the fiscal cliff deal, but it didn't happen. Still, some analysts think lawmakers will succeed in overhauling the tax code and make serious changes to the tax exemption for in...

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  • Muni Bond ETF Outlook for 2013

    12-28-2012 03:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    The government is reportedly scrutinizing the tax-exempt status on municipal bonds as it heads into the "fiscal cliff." However, disregarding the favorable tax treatment, muni bonds and exchange traded funds are still attractive investments. Municipal bonds typically have high...

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  • Can Muni Bond ETFs Extend Streak in 2013?

    12-11-2012 07:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    The $3.7 trillion municipal bond market has been on a solid two year run with a 20% gain, according to Bof A Merrill Lynch data. Analysts at Morgan Stanley now predict that investors need to brace themselves for the first year of losses within this sector, including focused muni-...

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  • Is the Tax-Exempt Status of Muni Bond ETFs in Jeopardy?

    12-05-2012 06:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds have enticed investors with their tax-exempt status on the income they provide. Now with the so-called fiscal cliff threatening broad tax hikes, some speculate that munis could lose their favorable tax treatment. However, it's unl...

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  • High-Yield Muni Bond ETF Paying Over 4%

    11-29-2012 01:13 PM by Tom Lydon

    Click here to listen. I do the ETF of the Week for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffes MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. This time, I looked at the Market Vectors High-Yield Muni ETF (NYSEArca: HYD...

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  • Will New SEC Chief Walter Derail Muni Bond ETF Rally?

    11-27-2012 02:42 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds have enjoyed a solid uptrend since the beginning of 2011 despite a brief hiccup due to Meredith Whitney's doomsday default prediction that didn't play out. Now muni ETFs are at multiyear highs with expectations taxes will rise next year pro...

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  • Best Muni Bond ETFs for Yield

    11-25-2012 06:13 AM by Tom Lydon

    In the ongoing search for yield, some have branched out to high-yield municipal bond exchange traded funds, but investors will need to consider specific risks associated with the muni market. Investors funneled $43 billion into muni bond funds, with $10 billion going into high...

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  • Tax Proposal Puts Muni Bond ETFs at Risk

    10-26-2012 11:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Muni bond exchange traded funds may be at the mercy of a potential change to the tax code with consequences dire enough to steer investors away. If the interest deduction proposal is repealed, municipal bond investments could suffer. Muni bond ETFs have appealed to investors f...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs For Liquidity and Yield

    08-16-2012 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds have become a go-to investment for their decent yields when the tax break is factored in. They offer liquidity, diversification and an income stream for investors. "A quick primer: Muni bonds come in two flavors revenue bonds and general o...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Yawn at Latest Bankruptcy

    07-20-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Bond default rates among cities and state municipalities are on the rise, but municipal bond exchange traded funds remain relatively unfazed as investors continue to search for yield producing assets. The iShares S&P National Municipal Bond Fund (NYSEArca: MUB) is in posit...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Stay the Course

    06-29-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Doomsayers who depicted an imminent implosion in the municipal bonds market back in 2010 helped drive a mass exodus from munis related exchange traded funds. However, as no real threat manifested, the attractive yields and tax advantages in muni bonds helped bring investors back ...

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  • Risks of Muni Bond ETFs

    06-27-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Income hunters are taking on more municipal bonds and exchange traded funds to compensate their fixed-income yields as Treasuries remain near historic lows. However, potential investors should be wary of the higher yields as there are no free lunches. Issuers are lowering t...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs as Alternative to Treasuries

    06-06-2012 01:38 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bonds haven't been trashed by massive defaults as some analysts predicted. Muni bonds and exchange traded funds are even thriving as an alternative to historic low-yielding Treasuries. "Month-to-date and year-to-date performance of all muni high-yield bond sectors (w...

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  • Searching for Yield in Fixed-Income ETFs

    05-30-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The search for income yielding stocks and exchange traded funds has become commonplace these days and made dividend and high-yield bond ETFs very popular. "Those considering high yield as a replacement for another fixed-income sector shouldexercise caution with new investment...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Continue March Higher

    02-09-2012 04:14 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds are seeing money move in and low defaults have the sector enjoying its best start to a year since 1990 in terms of performance. "Investors are rushing back to municipals as evidenced by strong inflowsof$6 billion in January.A combination ...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Trading In Choppy Water

    01-28-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The municipal bond exchange traded fund (ETF) market experienced a fair amount of turbulence on the heels of the Fed's quantitative easing. Still, ratings firms believe that most municipalities will pull through. Municipal bond-related investments have experienced high volatil...

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  • Despite Meltdown, Some Still Bullish on Muni ETFs

    12-30-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been whacked hard in a sell-off that sent them tumbling below their 200-day averages. Despite all that, some say now is the time to buy. Investors are scared right now, and those who are the most frightened are selling their mun...

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  • Retail ETF in the Spotlight as Black Friday Looms

    11-22-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The markets are moving on Thanksgiving spirit and certain exchange traded funds (ETFs) are worth minding this week as things develop. Don Dion for The Street noted five ETFs investors should watch this week, including: Market Vectors Agribusiness (NYSEArca: MOO) iShares ...

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  • Pullback in Muni ETFs: Just a Blip?

    11-18-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have taken a beating of late, but should you let that scare you off? The iShares S&P National Municipal Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) dropped 5.5% through the first two weeks of November, remarks Matthew D. McCall for IndexUniverse. ...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs: The Diversified Option

    10-05-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As more states and localities seek income, municipal bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have becoming increasingly popular. Recent information, however, underscores the need for more due diligence when it comes to investing in the bonds. Disclosure is often substandard and info...

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  • The Benefits of Muni Bond ETFs in a Tough Economy

    09-20-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Muni bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) are at the low end of the risk spectrum, but ongoing state and locality woes have investors fearing defaults. Is there that much cause for concern, though? Many investors fear a tsunami of municipal defaults amid falling tax revenues, whi...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs: A Crisis in the Making?

    07-15-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Rising yields on certain U.S. municipal infrastructure bonds reveal growing concerns among investors that some local governments are facing a greater risk of default, which might give municipal bond exchange traded fund (ETF) investors some pause. A relative increase in some b...

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  • 8 ETFs That Can Add Income to Your Portfolio

    03-11-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Trying to interpret what the markets are doing can be just as crazy-making as attempting to predict what's happening. That's why it might be necessary to add in some income-producing exchange traded funds (ETFs) along with the risky funds. The always insightful Gary Gordon at ...

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  • 3 High-Yield ETFs You May Be Missing

    08-03-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Are you craving more risk and the potential for higher yields in your investments? There are several overlooked high-yield exchange traded funds (ETFs) that are gaining as investors become more risk-tolerant. Investors can use ETFs for a number of reasons, including to capture...

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  • Should Investors Be Cautious with New Muni Bond ETFs?

    02-17-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have given investors a new approach to a sought-after segment of the market, but are they the best tools for this opaque area of the industry? There are a total of 16 muni-bond ETFs to choose from right now, as two new ETFs were laun...

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