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SPDR S&P High Yield Municipal BdFund

  • 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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  • Rethinking Bond ETFs: Unbundle and Rebuild

    07-26-2016 08:00 AM by Corey Hoffstein, Newfound Research

    By Corey Hoffstein With the benefit of hindsight, there have been few investments as attractive as core U.S. fixed income over the last 30 years. Capital preservation, income, diversification, and even hedging volatility: was there anything fixed income did not provide? Wit...

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  • Nuveen Files Plans for Aggregate Bond ETF

    06-16-2016 10:34 AM by Tom Lydon

    Nuveen Investments, which has been angling to get back into the exchange traded funds business after a lengthy absence, filed plans with the Securities and Exchange Commission to possibly launch an aggregate bond ETF, the NuShares Enhanced Yield U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF. That E...

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • SPDR University: Winners, Losers, and Everything in Between

    09-15-2014 03:53 PM by David Mazza -- State Street Global Advisors

    In July, investors added north of $17 billion to US-listed ETFs, helping to maintain the ETF industrys $1.8 trillion in assets under management. Equities drove a disproportionate share of Julys inflows with close to $16.1 billion added. With $59.7 billion of inflows, equity flows...

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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • State Street Global Advisors: Fixed Income Ideas for the Next Cycle

    01-30-2014 03:18 PM by David Mazza -- State Street Global Advisors

    If the traditional fixed income indices like the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index or the IBoxx US Dollar Investment Grade Corporate Bond Index are no longer the ideal fixed income investments for the next cycle, then what exposures should investors consider as alternatives? Inves...

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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 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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  • 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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