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iShares S&P National Municipal Bond Fund ETFFund

 

112.29

  • Change -0.00 (0.0%)
  • Volume 0.09 M

11:18 AM EDT May 4, 2016
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  • Assets $5,329.8M
  • Expense Ratio 0.25%
  • Yield 2.35%
  • Vs 50 Day EMA %
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US Fixed Income ETF

iShares National Muni Bond ETF is an exchange-traded fund incorporated in the USA. The ETF seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of investment-grade U.S. municipal bonds.

Performance
TODAY 1 DAY 5 DAY 10 DAY 1 MO 3 MO 6 MO 1 YR 2 YR 5 YR
0.0% 0.3% 0.4% 0.2% 1.0% 1.3% 3.9% 5.4% 9.4% 26.5%
Last Close Volume
AVG VOL (10 D) CHANGE
406,806 11.4%
Trend on Last Close
  Price EMA EMA P DATE CROSSED
50 DAY 112.29 109.94 2.1% 04-20-2015
200 DAY 112.29 109.70 2.4% 04-29-2015
Technical
ALPHA BETA R2 STD DEV
0.0040 0.001 0.000 0.017
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  • Municipal Bond ETFs Could Continue to Outperform

    12-23-2015 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded funds have been outperforming Treasuries and could maintain their momentum ahead as more investors turn to the relatively stable and strong asset. "The audience for the asset class continues to expand with increasing interest fro...

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  • How to Pick ETFs as Fee War Heats Up

    11-24-2015 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    As exchange traded fund providers fuel an ongoing fee war in an attempt to one-up each other to attract assets, investors should look beyond expense ratios and consider other factors that make an ETF suitable for their investment horizon. Earlier this month, BlackRock (NYSE: B...

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  • Muni ETFs Could See a Flood of New Issuance

    11-13-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Though municipal bonds and the exchange traded funds that hold that debt are viewed as potentially vulnerable to potential changes in Federal Reserve interest rate policy, these funds have remained popular with conservative income investors. Now, municipal bond investors could...

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  • Bond ETF Strategy for a Rising Rate Environment

    11-12-2015 05:00 PM by Max Chen

    As the markets prepare for a rising interest rate environment, bond exchange traded fund investors may turn to more defensive strategies to prop up performance and mitigate rate risks. Charles Schwab strategists argue that fixed income will offer opportunities as the Federal R...

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  • How Much Can Muni Bond ETFs Grow?

    11-09-2015 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the billions that has flowed into exchange traded funds, the municipal bond ETF space still has plenty of room to grow. Through September 30, actively managed municipal-debt funds had $573 billion in assets under management, compared to just $20 billion for index funds...

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  • The Unlikely Bond ETFs Winning 2015

    11-05-2015 05:00 PM by Max Chen

    Municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded funds may not be glamorous, but local debt securities are outperforming corporate bonds and giving many other assets a run for their money. For instance, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB), which has a 4....

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  • ETFs To Play While Inflation Is Flat

    10-13-2015 04:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the U.S. is stuck with an anemic inflation rate, investors can ride out a deflationary environment through certain assets and exchange traded funds. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total national rate of inflation was 0.2% in August, reports Jeff Cox for...

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  • Muni Bond ETF's Big Yields Examined

    09-15-2015 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    After the recent bout of volatility, investors may find an opportunity in the municipal bond market and related exchange traded funds. On the upcoming webcast, Attractive Value Now Seen in Municipal Bond Closed-End Funds, James Colby, senior municipal strategist at Van Eck Glo...

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  • Areas That Fixed-Income ETF Investors Should Keep An Eye On

    09-10-2015 03:46 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the elevated volatility as a result of slowing economic growth and uncertainty over the Federal Reserve rate hike, investors may still find value in some fixed-income assets and related exchange traded funds. For instance, Russ Koesterich, global chief investment strat...

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  • Vanguard Launches Its First Muni Bond ETF

    08-25-2015 02:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Vanguard Group has filled out a glaring gap in its fixed-income exchange traded fund investment suite, adding its first municipal bond ETF. On Tuesday, Vanguard introduced the Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond Index Fund (NYSEArca: VTEB). "Vanguard is a pioneer in index investin...

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  • There’s Still Time To Lower Your Exposure To Riskier ETFs

    08-12-2015 03:30 PM by Gary Gordon

    A fair number of commenters, callers and perma-bulls were relatively tough on me in May when I suggested a strategic decision to raise cash levels. They were even tougher on me when I mentioned the possibility of picking up safer havens like intermediate treasuries via iShares 7-...

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  • Muni Bond ETF Risks and Considerations

    07-13-2015 02:57 PM by Max Chen

    Municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds have been used as a relatively stable fixed-income stream. Nevertheless, investors should also be aware of the risks associated with the investment category. For starters, one should know how a state, county or other local gove...

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  • Revisit High-Quality Muni Bond ETFs

    07-02-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fixed income investors can still find some yield generating opportunities and diversify with bond exchange traded funds. For instance, Rick Rieder, BlackRock's chief investment officer of fundamental fixed income, believes that investors should take a look at municipal bonds a...

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  • A Good Time to Look At Corporate, Muni Bond ETFs

    06-12-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the recent pullback in the fixed-income market, it may be a good time to dive back into investment-grade corporate and municipal bond-related exchange traded funds. Wells Fargo's fixed income strategist Jim Kochan argued that bonds look attractive when they are paying ov...

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  • Municipal Bond ETFs Attractive After Sell-Off

    06-10-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The recent selling in the fixed-income space may provide opportunities for investors to jump back into tax-exempt muncipal bond exchange traded funds. "The recent correction in rates and muni-to-Treasury ratios has re-introduced value in the market, and we expect both retail a...

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  • ETFs to Broaden Exposure Beyond the Aggregate Index

    05-15-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    The benchmark Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index provides a blueprint for many fixed-income portfolios, but it does not include many popular debt investments. Nevertheless, there are a number of exchange traded fund options to help fill in the gaps. The iShares Core U.S. Aggre...

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  • ETF Options to Generate Income for Retirement

    05-13-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As workers hang up their hats and plan for their golden years, retirees are browsing through exchange traded funds to meet their income needs, and there are a lot of yield-producing options to choose from. For instance, there are over 500 ETFs that offer better yields than 10-...

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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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  • Relaxed Bank Rules Could Lift Municipal Bond Securities, ETFs

    04-20-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Federal Reserve may soon allow U.S. banks to hold municipal bonds to meet liquidity rules, opening up more demand for municipal securities and potentially lifting munis-related exchange traded funds. After the fall off in March, munis have remained relatively flat for the ...

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  • Municipal Bond ETFs Post Best March Rally Since Financial Crisis

    03-30-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The municipal bond market and munis-related exchange traded funds are experiencing their best March rally in seven years as investors shifted into the tax-favorable asset ahead of the April filing deadline. Ever since the March 6 low, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ET...

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  • Use Municipal Bond ETFs to Diversify a Portfolio

    03-26-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the equities market seesawing again, investors may want to revisit fixed-income assets like municipal bond exchange traded funds for a more conservative play. Broad muni bond ETFs provide diverse exposure to a pool of municipal debt. For instance, the iShares National AMT...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Look Attractive After Pullback

    03-17-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    After posting their first monthly decline in over a year, municipal bond exchange traded funds may offer a decent buying opportunity. In February, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) fell 1.0%, SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TFI) dec...

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  • New Issues, Rate Concerns Cause Muni ETFs to Tumble

    03-10-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds are finally pulling back as a stronger U.S. economy pushed up interest rates and municipalities begin issuing more debt. Over the past month, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) fell 1.6%, SPDR Nuveen Barclays Munici...

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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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  • Fixed-Income Assets, ETFs Not As Stable As You Think

    02-27-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fixed-income assets and bond-related exchange traded funds have become the go-to investments for conservative investors seeking stable returns. However, with yields pushed down across the globe, fixed-income investments are highly susceptible to bouts of volatility. "The risk ...

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  • Muni ETFs Are a Good Alternative in Low-Yield Environment

    02-05-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After yields dipped lower this year, fixed-income investors may find better yield opportunities in municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield is hovering around 1.8% after touching its lowest since May 2013 in January. Meanwhile, in...

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  • Muni ETFs May Be More Attractive Than Treasuries

    01-18-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds have been on a tear, and the munis market still looks relatively cheap compared to U.S. Treasuries. The iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) has increased 8.8% over the past year. [Diversify with a Cheap, Broad Munis Bond...

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  • Diversify with a Cheap, Broad Munis Bond ETF

    01-15-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fixed-income investors may be paying more than necessary when purchasing individual municipal debt securities. On the other hand, people can use munis exchange traded funds for a cheap way to access the market. Three U.S. regulators have began scrutinizing municipal bond marku...

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  • ETFs for a Deflationary Period

    01-12-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As a closely watched gauge for inflation declined to a 14-year low, investors can adjust for a deflationary environment with certain assets and exchange traded funds. During deflationary periods, cash is king. If the U.S. dollar continues to strengthen against foreign currenci...

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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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  • Build America Bond ETFs Lead in Munis Market

    12-29-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bonds have surprised this year, rallying for 10 consecutive months through October, and Build America Bond exchange traded funds are putting the rest of the munis market to shame. Year-to-date, the PowerShares Build America Bond Portfolio (NYSEArca: BAB) rose 16.5% a...

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  • Muni Bonds, ETFs Near Cheapest Level to Treasuries This Year

    12-16-2014 03:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    With volatility fueling demand for safe-haven assets, municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds are trading around their cheapest relative to Treasuries this year. For instance, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB), which has a 6.32 year duration...

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  • Muni ETFs Could Maintain Strength Going Into 2015

    12-03-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    The stubbornly low interest rate environment has helped bond exchange traded funds some of the most attractive investments this year. However, with most areas of the fixed-income market fully priced, ETF investors may seek out opportunities in municipal and junk-rated debt. Fo...

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  • Muni ETFs Look Cheap Compared to Treasuries

    11-17-2014 03:10 PM by Max Chen

    After its first monthly decline of the year, the municipal bonds market and related exchange traded funds are now trading at their cheapest relative to Treasuries in nine months. The iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) fell 0.9% over the past month. Neverth...

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  • Why an ETF May Make Sense for Munis Exposure

    11-17-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    When looking into the municipal bond market, fixed-income investors may be better off with a muni bond exchange traded fund, instead of trading individual debt securities. Brokers typically mark up the price of municipal bonds they sell to individual investors, writes Aaron Ku...

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  • Ratings Upgrade Makes California Muni ETFs a Safer Play

    11-14-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Standard & Poor's recently upgraded California's credit rating to A+, the state's fourth upgrade in the past two years, bolstering the state-specific municipal bond exchange traded funds' status as a stable and reliable source of income. Muni investors interested in Califo...

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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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  • Muni Bond ETFs: Considerations & Factors to Watch

    11-05-2014 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds have been among the best performing fixed-income assets this year. For those who are thinking about a shift over to munis now, there are some factors to considers. The iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) has increased 8....

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  • Elections Season Could Shake Up Muni ETFs

    10-28-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    The municipal bond market, along with related exchange traded funds, have been steadily strengthening as austerity across local governments keeps supply low, but midterm elections could affect the munis market ahead. For instance, in Illinois, the state income tax is a key fac...

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  • Rising Supply Could Pressure Muni Bond ETF Gains

    10-21-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fixed-income investors should moderate their municipal bond exchange traded fund outlook after an unprecedented nine consecutive months of gains pushed benchmark yields below two percent and states begin to increase financing on the cheap. Year-to-date, the iShares National AM...

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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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  • Skittish Investors Turn to Safe-Haven Government Bonds, ETFs

    10-15-2014 03:17 PM by Tom Lydon

    Government bond exchange traded funds jumped Wednesday as benchmark 10-year yields on U.S. Treasuries and municipal debt securities dipped below 2% for the first time in over a year. The iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF), which has a 7.63 year effective durat...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Maintain Strong Fundamentals

    10-13-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Tax incentives and a shrinking supply of new debt issuance help municipal bond exchange traded funds march higher, with muni yields falling to a 16-month low. The iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) has increased 8.5% year-to-dated. The muni market is se...

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  • Rising State Spending Could Hinder Muni ETF Rally

    09-18-2014 02:24 PM by Max Chen

    Slowing down the rally in municipal bond exchange traded funds, the muni market expanded last quarter for the first time in over a year, with issuers from California to New York set to sell billions in debt offerings over the next month, the largest wave of supply since December....

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  • Strong Finances Boost Appeal of California Muni ETFs

    09-11-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    California municipal bond exchange traded funds look like a stable and reliable source of income as fiscally responsible policies keep the most-indebted state on a path toward further ratings upgrades. California has limited its borrowing, and state taxes on income and corpora...

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  • Frugal Communities Keep Debt Low, Rally in Muni ETFs Going

    09-08-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Many cities, burned by poor spending habits in the financial crisis, have hunkered down and only finance essential services, fueling a tight supply in the municipal bonds market and supporting muni-related exchange traded funds. Municipal debt has been among the best performin...

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  • Muni ETFs: New Regulation Could Sap Bank Demand

    08-27-2014 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    As regulators are set to approve a new rule to exclude municipal debt from a group of easily liquidated assets that banks can use in a credit crunch, muni bonds, along with related exchange traded funds, may find less support from large financial institutions. The Federal Rese...

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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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  • New York Muni ETFs Look Even Safer

    07-23-2014 02:43 PM by Max Chen

    Standard & Poor's ratings agency upgraded New York's credit rating to the second-highest investment grade level, the state's highest rating since 1972. Investors interested in gaining exposure to the state's debt offerings may browse New York municipal bond exchange traded fu...

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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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  • Low Supply to Support Municipal Bonds Market, ETFs

    05-23-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    As long as investment demand for municipal bonds hold steady, munis-related exchange traded funds could maintain their momentum, with supply of new issuance expected to decline into 2017. According to Janney Montgomery Scott LLC., new U.S. muni bond issuance will fall every ye...

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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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  • Monitor Your Muni ETF's State, Credit Risk Exposure

    05-20-2014 02:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    As more people pick up municipal bond exchange traded funds gain fresh assets, investors should monitor their exposure to credit risk among states. For instance, Moody's Investors Service recently sounded its concern over New Jersey's burgeoning budget gap. The Moody's ratings...

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  • Despite Detroit Scare, Municipal Bond ETF Credit Risk Remains Muted

    05-13-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Some investors remain wary about municipal bond exchange traded funds after the Detroit bankruptcy fiasco and weakness in Puerto Rico's finances. While defaults rates have picked up, they remain extremely infrequent, according to Moody's Investors Service. "Municipal bond defa...

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  • Low Supply Supporting Munis ETFs With Yields at 11-Month Lows

    05-08-2014 02:56 PM by Max Chen

    Despite concerns of a rising rate environment, municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds continue to rally, with yields at their lowest in 11 months on a dearth in new local and state debt issuance. The iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) has gained...

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  • Bond ETF Strategies for a Rising Rate Environment

    04-30-2014 03:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    In anticipation of rising interest rates, bond exchange traded fund investors can consider a branching out across fixed-income classes to help diversify their portfolios. While rising rates are a negative for fixed-income assets, investors should not move entirely out of bonds...

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  • Time to Look at Municipal Bond ETFs

    04-29-2014 03:56 PM by Max Chen

    As investors adapt their fixed-income portfolios for the possibility of rising interest rates, select municipal bond exchange traded funds are worth evaluating. The huge sell-off in municipal debt last year has created a great opportunity in the munis market, writes Andrew B.J...

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  • Municipal Bond ETF Rally Still Has Legs

    04-11-2014 04:25 PM by Max Chen

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds are moving in their best rally in five years, with yields near the lowest since June, and there may be more room to run. The largest municipal bond related ETF, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB), has gained 4.4% ye...

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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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  • California Muni ETFs Plays as State Plans $1.6 Bond Sale

    03-06-2014 03:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    California is set to offer the largest general-obligation municipal bond sale since October. Investors interested in gaining targeted exposure to Californian muni debt can take a look at a couple exchange traded fund options. California plans to sell $1.6 billion of general ob...

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  • iShares to Roll Out New Muni Bond ETF Thursday

    02-05-2014 03:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    BlackRock's (NYSE: BLK) iShares unit, the world's largest ETF issuer, will introduce the iShares 2019 AMT-Free Muni Term ETF (NYSEArca: MUAH) Thursday. The new ETF will track the S&P AMT-Free Municipal Series 2019 Index, which holds investment-grade municipal bonds maturin...

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  • BlackRock: 3 Bond Strategies for the New Year

    01-03-2014 07:00 AM by Matt Tucker -- iShares Head of Fixed Income Strategy

    In my last post, I took a look back at the fixed income strategies that I proposed at the beginning of 2013 to see how my ideas fared.  In some ways, the year shaped up much the way I expected with modest economic growth and the Fed maintaining their quantitative easing progr...

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  • Tax-Exempt Muni ETFs Dodge Changes in Election Year

    12-31-2013 02:40 PM by Max Chen

    Political stalemate on Capitol Hill has frustrated the markets, but for municipal bond exchange traded funds, the bickering weakens any chance of a tax-code overhaul in tax-exempt munis. Morgan Stanley Wealth Management's John Dillon and Matt Posner, who follows federal policy...

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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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  • BlackRock: Looking at Munis in 2014

    12-14-2013 07:32 AM by iShares

    'Tis the Season … for (what else?) lists. There are shopping lists, wish lists, nice lists and, for those of you shopping for investment ideas, BlackRock's recently released list of five things to know and five things to do in 2014. (My colleagues, Russ Koesterich and Jeff Ro...

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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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  • Cash Rushes out of Treasury ETFs

    12-11-2013 04:26 PM by Tom Lydon

    Government bond mutual funds are seeing record outflows after speculation on Fed tapering sent investors running, while alternative fixed-income exchange traded funds have been thrown into the limelight. According to TrimTabs Investment Research, investors pulled $70.7 billion...

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  • Muni Bonds, ETFs Experience Heavy Outflows

    12-10-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds have experienced high redemptions this year, with the $3.7 trillion muni market set to shrink for a fourth straight year. The iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB), the largest muni ETF with a little over $3 billion in ass...

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  • Detroit Bankruptcy Casts Shadow Over Muni Bond ETFs

    12-09-2013 02:57 PM by Max Chen

    Last week, a judge declared bankrupt Detroit is eligible for protection from creditors, potentially leaving municipal bond holders in a lurch. However, muni exchange traded fund investors have another option available. On December third, Judge Steven Rhodes ruled that Detroit ...

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  • California Muni ETFs for a Potential Rating Upgrade

    11-06-2013 03:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    Standard & Poor's ratings agency is contemplating an upgrade on California as the state gradually pays down debt, revenue picks up and spending is tempered. Municipal bond investors can gain targeted exposure to California debt through exchange traded funds. The S&P up...

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  • Advisors Like the New Spin on Muni Bond ETFs

    11-01-2013 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    There are more than 20 exchange traded funds offering investors exposure to municipal bonds, which at the end of the first quarter represented over $3.7 trillion, or 9.6%, of the total U.S. bond market. Many of the largest muni bond ETFs, such as the iShares S&P National A...

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  • Muni ETFs Look More Attractive As An Income Play

    10-30-2013 03:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    Following the pullback in municipal bonds, muni exchange traded funds could regain traction among income-oriented investors as the Fed extends its accommodative policies. Muni bond ETFs are beginning to see their first inflows since May, reports Eric Balchunas for Bloomberg. ...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Look Attractive Compared to Treasuries

    10-24-2013 02:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    After the U.S. shutdown scare, municipal bonds fell behind the rally in Treasuries. As a result, the widening yield ratio could now signal a buying opportunity for muni bond exchange traded funds. Municipalities saw an increase in borrowing, which drove local bonds to the chea...

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  • Four ETF Strategies to Ride the Fourth Quarter

    09-28-2013 06:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    As we round out the third quarter, exchange traded fund investors can consider diversifying a portfolio to include munis, alternative energy, European equities and a market hedging strategy for the quarter ahead. Municipal bonds have been hit after the fallout on the Detroit b...

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  • iShares: How Detroit’s Bankruptcy Affects Bond ETFs

    08-02-2013 03:25 PM by Matt Tucker -- iShares Head of Fixed Income Strategy

    Following Detroit's record-breaking municipal bankruptcy filing, we've been fielding a lot of questions from investors. For the broader municipal bond market, we do not anticipate a widespread systemic effect and investors should expect little market impact as Motown's problems h...

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  • Bond ETFs Could Shock Pundits In The Months Ahead

    07-31-2013 04:00 PM by Gary Gordon

    Who are these folks who keep insisting that the Federal Reserve will slow its bond purchases in September? Unless I've missed something, the press releases concerning Fed policy have explicitly stated that the central bank will maintain its zero percent interest rate policy for a...

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  • Sell-Off in Municipal Bond ETFs May be Overdone

    06-18-2013 05:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors, concerned over a cutback in Fed quantitative easing and higher rates, have been shifting away from municipal bond exchange traded funds, but the move may have been premature. The triple-A rated 10-year muni benchmark was hovering around 2.27% last Thursday, or up 46...

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  • Municipal Bond ETFs Shift Gears in 2013

    02-28-2013 08:36 AM by Tom Lydon

    The municipal bond exchange traded fund market had a profitable year in 2012 due to low interest rates. However, circumstances are expected to change this year as automatic Federal spending cuts could start to trickle down after March 1. "The 'Fiscal Cliff' compromise answered...

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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 ETFs Rebound; Income to Stay Tax-Free in Budget Compromise

    01-04-2013 06:13 AM by Tom Lydon

    Now that the fiscal cliff appears to be behind us, municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds emerged from Congressional scrutiny unscathed and the debt securities could even begin to gain value again, some Wall Street analysts say. In a recent note, Wells Fargo analyst...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Skid on Risk of Tax Increase

    12-30-2012 06:25 AM by Tom Lydon

    Ongoing talks over the so-called fiscal cliff and speculation of removing the tax-exempt status on municipal bonds has pressured muni bonds and exchange traded funds, although they recovered somewhat last week. ETFs such iShares S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond ETF (NY...

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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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  • 2012 was the Year of the Bond ETF

    12-26-2012 09:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Bond ETFs led all asset classes in terms of inflows this year but there are worries investors who have piled into fixed-income funds could get hurt if interest rates finally start rising in 2013. Taxable bond ETFs listed in the U.S. gathered $48 billion year to date through No...

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  • Seven ETFs to Watch in 2013

    12-25-2012 06:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the economic outlook gets murkier heading into the so-called fiscal cliff, investors should stick to high-quality stocks and exchange traded funds. Moreover, investors shouldn't overlook opportunities in the emerging markets and fixed-income space. Steven Goldberg for Kipli...

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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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  • PIMCO ETF Manager Bill Gross Buying Munis on Looming Taxes

    12-01-2012 06:38 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the fiscal cliff looming over America and potential tax hikes across the board, Bill Gross, the manager behind the PIMCO Total Return Fund, believes tax-free municipal bonds are an attractive option. Investors can gain access to the muni bond securities through the exchange ...

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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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  • ETFs for the Fiscal Cliff: Dividends, Consumer Staples and Munis

    11-24-2012 06:08 AM by Tom Lydon

    The fiscal cliff is about one month from materializing and investors are setting up defense for their portfolios. Should the tax increases and spending cuts come to fruition, the best way to save capital is to have it parked where it will be safe. Certain sector exchange traded f...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs and the Election

    11-06-2012 05:58 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded fund investors could be impacted by the outcome of the presidential election, so they are watching for any potential changes to the federal income-tax exemption status on munis as the government tries to tackle the growing deficit problem. In out...

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  • Tax Debate Puts Dividend, Muni Bond ETFs in Focus

    10-28-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Taxes are a sticking point going into the Presidential election, and the tax debate will put income generating stocks and municipal bond exchange traded funds into focus. With the Bush-era 15% dividend tax rate slated to expire at the end of the year, many investors are concer...

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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 ...

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  • Tax Break Makes Muni Bond ETF Yields More Attractive

    08-14-2012 06:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are using ETFs to buy a basket of municipal bonds and reduce the risk of an individual local government defaulting on its obligations. Also, the tax break on income from muni bonds makes the yield attractive to some investors. "Municipal-bond funds in general are ...

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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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  • Tom Lydon, Chuck Jaffe Talk ETF of the Week: Municipal Bonds

    06-07-2012 11:17 AM by Tom Lydon

    Click here to listen. I do the "ETF of the Week" for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe's MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. This week, I highlighted the iShares S&P National Municipal Bond Fu...

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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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  • Muni Bond ETFs Rise on State Fiscal Outlook, Europe Woes

    05-14-2012 09:45 AM by John Spence

    California's higher-than-expected budget deficit of $16 billion is a reminder of the fiscal difficulties many states are facing after the 2008 financial meltdown. Governor Jerry Brown said the shortfall grew from $9.2 billion in January in part because tax collections have not...

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  • A Bearish Signal in Muni Bond ETFs?

    03-19-2012 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The largest U.S.-listed municipal bond exchange traded fund has started trading at a discount to its net asset value for the first time in five months. The iShares S&P National AMT-Free Muni Bonds Fund (NYSEArca: MUB) first started trading at a discount to its NAV Thursday...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Attract Inflows

    03-09-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds have been drawing unusually high inflows as the fixed-income asset hovers around a supporting level. For instance, the iShares S&P National AMT-Free Muni Bonds Fund (NYSEArca: MUB) is experiencing volume around 300,000 shares daily, whe...

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  • Why a Muni Bond ETF Tumbled This Week

    02-24-2012 01:09 PM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund tracking municipal bonds is down nearly 3% the past two days after analysts pointed out the ETF was trading at a significant premium to its net asset value. The $2.8 billion iShares S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Fund (NYSEArca: MUB) ...

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  • Uncertainty Over Tax Breaks May Hit Muni Bond ETFs

    02-14-2012 01:02 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in municipal bonds have been steady so far this week following the Obama administration's proposals to limit tax breaks on muni bonds for wealthy investors. In the proposed 2013 budget, the administration is seeking to limit tax breaks some in...

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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 inflows of $6 billion in January. A combinati...

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  • Could ‘Super Downgrades’ Hit Muni Bond ETFs?

    01-31-2012 08:46 AM by John Spence

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds racked up impressive returns in 2011 but there are worries the fixed-income funds could take a hit this year on downgrades as rating agencies revamp their methodologies. Muni bonds may see "super downgrades" of two or more notches that coul...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs on a Roll as Yields Hit Record Lows

    01-27-2012 08:11 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds are spiking as rates drop to record lows, prompting worries this corner of the fixed-income market is getting ahead of itself. "The municipal bond market has been on a seven-week march to all-time low rates (yields)," says James Colby, an ...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Enjoy Big Rally

    01-10-2012 10:00 AM by John Spence

    An exchange traded fund that invests in municipal bonds is on a five-day winning streak amid reports that supply is tight in this area of the fixed income market. The iShares S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Fund (NYSEArca: MUB) has rallied nearly 3% over the past week...

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  • Municipal Bond ETFs Turn in Solid Year

    12-20-2011 07:03 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bonds were one of the best-performing categories in fixed-income exchange traded funds in 2011 despite talk of widespread defaults earlier in the year. One of the largest muni bond ETFs is up about 12% year to date. "Muni performance in 2011 was primarily the functio...

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  • U.S. News Names 'Best Fit' ETF Rankings

    12-04-2011 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund industry has over 1,300 products with over $1 trillion in assets. It is no wonder that the average long-term investor may have a hard time picking out which ETFs would suit his or her investment portfolio, but more services are popping up to make the task...

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  • Muni Bond ETF Up 10% This Year Despite Default Warning

    11-29-2011 12:06 PM by John Spence

    The largest municipal bond exchange traded fund has gained about 10% this year despite a prominent analyst warning in late 2010 that muni bond investors were facing huge defaults from state and local governments. The $2.3 billion iShares S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bon...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Shake Off Harrisburg Bankruptcy Filing

    10-12-2011 03:36 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds gained ground Wednesday after Harrisburg, Pa., filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy as experts said the debt represents a tiny portion of the $3 trillion muni bond market, according to reports. The iShares S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond...

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  • BlackRock Likes Muni Bonds, Investment-Grade Credit

    08-30-2011 03:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund manager BlackRock says municipal bonds are an attractive area of the fixed-income markets due to overblown default fears. "In particular, we see opportunities in many areas of the municipal bond market," says BlackRock, which oversees the iShares ETFs. "Th...

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  • High-Yield ETFs Hit as Investors Flock to Treasuries

    08-09-2011 01:59 PM by John Spence

    Investors have been selling high-yield corporate bonds and running to the perceived safety of Treasury bonds amid the recent blast of risk aversion in markets. "Junk" bond exchange traded funds such as SPDR Barclays Capital High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK) and iShares iBoxx...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Shrug Off Moody’s Warning on States

    07-19-2011 05:16 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that hold municipal bonds rose Tuesday as the fixed-income ETFs shook off a warning from Moody's that it may downgrade its triple-A credit ratings on five states. The $2.2 billion iShares S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Fund (NYSEArca: MUB) gaine...

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  • BlackRock Analyst Prefers Muni Bonds Over Treasury ETFs

    07-05-2011 03:43 PM by John Spence

    Minnesota shutting down over the holiday weekend and New Jersey requiring a loan to cover a cash shortfall are recent and painful reminders of states' fiscal woes. However, an exchange traded fund strategist is recommending investors overweight municipal bond ETFs in their por...

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  • State Deficits May Rattle Muni Bond ETFs

    07-05-2011 07:12 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in municipal bonds have bounced back somewhat after stumbling badly in late 2010 when a noted analyst predicted hundreds of billions of dollars of defaults. Yet muni bond ETFs fell last week as investors mulled news that Minnesota was forced t...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Rise as Meredith Whitney Sticks to Her Guns

    06-08-2011 02:23 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in municipal bonds have regained their footing in 2011 after a nasty plunge late last year. Noted analyst Meredith Whitney touched off a firestorm last year when she told "60 Minutes" that she foresaw hundreds of billions of dollars of default...

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  • Muni Bond ETF Sideways as Fund Investors Keep Pulling Cash

    04-07-2011 10:59 AM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund (ETF) for U.S. municipal bonds has traded sideways lately even though nervous mutual-fund investors have yanked money from the category for 21 weeks running. The $2 billion iShares S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Fund (NYSEArca: MUB) h...

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  • Build America Bond ETFs May Get a Second Chance

    02-14-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The popular Build America Bonds program may get a second chance at life if President Obama's budget passes in its current incarnation. The budget not only calls for the program to be revived, but it wants to make the program permanent. Last year, however, Republicans blocked e...

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  • Muni Market Collapsing – How Do Active Muni ETFs Compare?

    11-29-2010 12:00 PM by Shishir Nigam

    This is a guest post contributed by Shishir Nigam, editor of Active ETFs in Focus. The US municipal bond market started a massive leg down on November 8th which has now turned into what looks like an all-out collapse. In the space of a week and a half, the iShares S&P Nati...

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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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  • Bond ETFs: 7 Ways to Pick the Right One

    04-29-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) are alive and well. Proof? Billions of dollars have poured into them so far this year. With the many bond options available, an investor may have a hard time deciding which to choose. But if you take the time, there is bound to be something that ...

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  • States In Fiscal Distress; Muni Bond ETFs Scrutinized

    04-16-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bonds have been long used as a tax shelter for high-net worth investors, but the backers of these bonds have fallen on hard times. States and cities that issue municipal bonds are in fiscal distress, and investors are taking a closer look at these  securities and relate...

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  • How to Protect Yourself from the Big Deficit With ETFs

    02-09-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. government is incurring an ever higher budget deficit and it will be up to American citizens to carry the burden. With taxes increasing, inflation rising and the dollar falling, investors may want to change their exchange traded fund (ETF) portfolio strategies in order t...

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  • Bond ETFs: Beware of a Bubble

    01-28-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Shaken by the financial debacle of 2008, jumpy investors turned to bonds and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) to safeguard what was left of their wealth. The problem with this scenario is that investors aren't letting go of bonds, despite the changing investment atmosphere. ...

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  • Bond ETFs: Good Times Coming to an End?

    01-21-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The bond and bond-related exchange traded fund (ETF) markets have experienced quite a year, but the good times may soon come to an end. The specter of inflation and likely hikes in interest rates may cut away at hefty returns seen in  recent months. A bond is a loan that a bon...

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  • Why Muni Bond ETFs Are Appealing Now

    11-08-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After suffering through steep losses last year, municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been riding the wave of investment interest in the bonds sector. Municipal bond mutual funds increased 14.4% on average through Oct. 29 and yields have not experienced...

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  • Bond ETFs Are Attractive; Where Are the Hot Spots?

    10-01-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Over the past year, bonds and their exchange traded funds (ETFs) have drawn much attention which have sent the yields on these fixed income investment tools down. According to Randall W. Forsyth of Barron's, the rally has been specifically seen in the credit markets, in part...

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  • ETF Spotlight: iShares S&P National Municipal Bond

    09-30-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on iShares S&P National Municipal Bond (NYSEArca: MUB), part of a weekly series. Assets: $1.3 billion Holdings: The fund holds investment-grade municipal bonds, rated at least BBB- by Standard & Poor's, Baa3 by Moody's or BBB- by Fitch. Each bond must...

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  • Why Muni Bond and ETF Demand Should Remain Strong For Now

    04-22-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bonds and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track them are in a healthy position, as demand is strong and is predicted to remain so for the upcoming year. Although there is a large debt hanging over state and local economies, the demand for debt investments shou...

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  • How to Use Bond ETFs

    04-15-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The bond market has been getting a lot of attention. Are you aware of the multiple ways you can use these exchange traded funds (ETFs) in your portfolio? If you are searching for a bond-focused ETF to help round out your portfolio or keep assets in safety, the good news is th...

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  • The Benefits of Muni Bond ETFs

    04-07-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

     Municipal bonds are proving to be a winning asset class in the past year, as yields are decent and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) gave well-rounded, low cost exposure. Retirees and income-oriented investors alike enjoyed gains averaging 4.6% in the six national, short a...

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  • The Benefits of Muni Bond ETFs

    04-02-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    For financial advisors, municipal bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been a boon and a burden at the same time. The plus side is that the new muni ETFs provide a safer, lower cost way of investing in municipal bonds than either municipal bond mutual funds or direct invest...

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  • How to Play Bond ETFs

    02-05-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In volatile market times, many investors have turned to cash, but cash may not be the only king. It appears that bonds, with higher yields, and their exchange traded funds (ETFs) may be a way to fine tune ones exposure. The beauty of the bond market is that there is a pletho...

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  • 4 Reasons to Look at Muni Bond ETFs In 2009

    01-22-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been around long enough to prove their merit through performance. It also appears that muni bond ETFs are better for long-term investors seeking expsure to fixed income. Jo Eqcome for Seeking Alpha points out that 41 out of 50 s...

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  • Reasons Municipal Bond ETFs May Be Attractive

    01-09-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After several sessions of declines, municipal bonds and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track the sector seem to be attractive and might be a great bargain. Yields on AAA-rated general obligation muni bonds are about 1.5% higher than those of Treasuries and these t...

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  • Searching for Higher Yields in Bond ETFs?

    12-26-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The recent rate cut by the Federal Reserve has had the intended effect in some areas, by setting off a buying spree for investors, sending them in search of bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) with higher yields. This has been evidenced in heavy buying of exchange traded corpor...

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  • Five Places for Your Cash Right Now

    11-25-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In this market, putting your cash under a mattress may appear more promising than an investment, but bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) and a few other places, are offering a safe place and a decent yield. Katy Marquardt for US News & Workd Report has five ideas on where to...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Have Trials in Their First Year

    11-22-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Low-fee mechanisms in tax-exempt municipal debt, liquidity and transparency. What more could one ask for in an exchange traded fund (ETF)? In the first year of their existence, ETFs with the primary goal of coupling price with the underlying muni index experienced the illiquid...

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  • Muni-Bonds Rally Giving Appeal to ETFs

    10-28-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Cities around the United States need some cash, sparking a municipal bond rally that could be good news for exchange traded fund (ETF) investors. States and cities are selling off around $6 billion worth of debt this week. For example, Houston is selling $423 million and New Y...

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  • Municipal Bond ETFs Offer Attractive Rates

    09-10-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    One beneficiary of the Treasury's takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is Treasury bond exchange traded funds (ETFs). Treasuries advanced on Tuesday, pushing yields down, as concerns about the health of the banking system here pulled investors back to the safety of governmen...

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  • Timing Could Be Right To Add Muni-Bond ETFs To Your Portfolio

    09-03-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Do municipal bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have a place within your portfolio? Fund companies have been churning out these new types of ETFs over the past year, and if you believe tax rates are going to go up, then these ETFs may look even more attractive, says Eleanor Lai...

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  • Five ETF Sectors To Recession-Proof Your Portfolio

    02-14-2008 02:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    The signs are all there that we're in a recession: many exchange traded fund (ETF) sectors have taken a hit, Congress is calling hearings, the Federal Reserve is talking about more rate cuts, housing, retail and unemployment numbers are unimpressive at best. When will the gov...

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