ETF Resumé

PFFTicker Symbol

iShares S&P US Preferred Stock Fund ETFFund


US Equity Income ETF

  • Yellen Cements Low Rate Theme, Off-Beat ETFs To Consider

    06-22-2016 08:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    With heightened global market uncertainties this year, the Federal Reserve has hinted the U.S.could be in for an extended low-rate environment. Consequently, yield-starved investors may consider alternative income-generating assets, like preferred stocks and related exchange trad...

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  • Mutual Funds Adopt ETFs to Create Tactical Investment Strategies

    06-06-2016 02:43 PM by Max Chen

    As we weigh market risks ahead, investors can look to some exchange traded fund strategies to capture opportunities that can help hedge against potential hurdles while participating in any upside. On the upcoming webcast, Tactical ETF Strategy in an Easy Mutual Fund Package, D...

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  • Preferred ETFs Still A Relevant Income Destination

    05-26-2016 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Federal Reserve appears to be on course to raise interest rates for the first time this year next month, but even if that happens, the shocks to higher-yielding, income-generating asset classes should be limited because U.S. rates will still reside near historical lows. In...

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  • Plucky Preferred ETFs for Portfolio Income

    05-23-2016 10:58 AM by Tom Lydon

    Count preferred stocks and the relevant exchange traded funds among the high-yielding, income-generating asset classes that are benefiting from the Federal Reserve's reluctance to raise interest rates to this point in 2016. Low inflation helps bond investors generate a higher ...

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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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  • The Fed is Really Helping 3 High-Yielding ETFs

    05-17-2016 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The weaker dollar, sliding Treasury yields and the Federal Reserve's inability to raise interest rates to this point this year are combining for a perfect storm for high-yielding asset classes, including preferred stocks. Last year, exchange traded funds such as the iShares U....

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  • 15 Most Read ETF Articles of the Week (May 2-6)

    05-06-2016 06:00 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 2-6, 2016. Click the headline to read the full...

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  • Low Rates Help Preferred ETFs Power Up

    05-02-2016 03:17 PM by Brenton Garen

    Count preferred stocks and exchange traded funds among the income-generating asset classes that are receiving renewed attention from income investors this year as the Federal Reserve balks at raising interest rates. Income investors may like preferred stock ETFs since the asse...

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  • Preferred Stock ETFs for a Low-Yield Environment

    03-01-2016 05:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETFinvestors may want to consider preferred stocks as government yields hover near record lows Low inflation helps bond investors generate a higher real yield, or yield after accounting for the inflation bite International government bond yields have been depressed to near...

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  • Bungling Banks Plague Preferred ETFs

    02-12-2016 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With Treasury yields declining, these should be go-go days for interest rate-sensitive preferred stocks and exchange traded funds. The iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF (NYSEArca: PFF) and the PowerShares Preferred Portfolio (NYSEArca: PGX), each with trailing 12-month dividend yi...

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  • ETFs to Cope with Volatile Conditions

    02-09-2016 04:38 PM by Tom Lydon

    The markets are likely in for a volatile year. Nevertheless, exchange traded fund investors have a few options to help diminish portfolio risks and help hedge against the swings. Russ Koesterich, Global Chief Investment Strategist and Head of the Model Portfolio & Solution...

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  • The Trickiness of ETF Diversification

    11-18-2015 01:30 PM by Gary Gordon

    According to Barry Ritholtz of Ritholtz Wealth Management, a frequent contributor to CNBC as well as Bloomberg, the beauty of diversification is that its about as close as you can get to a free lunch in investing. Since 2011, however, investors who diversified in stocks outside o...

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  • Preferred ETFs Face Interest Rate Challenges

    11-10-2015 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Through years of the Federal Reserve's near-zero interest rate policy, exchange traded funds holding preferred stocks gobbled up assets from income investors. However, with rates to set rise as soon as next month, rate-sensitive preferreds and the relevant ETFs could come under p...

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  • Preferred Stock ETFs for Attractive Yields

    05-28-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors who are focusing on income generation can take a look at preferred stock exchange traded funds to bolster yields. For example, the iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF (NYSEArca: PFF) has a 6.05% 12-month yield, PowerShares Preferred Portfolio (NYSEArca: PGX) has a 5.94%...

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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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  • High-Yield Preferred Stock ETFs for a Low-Rate Environment

    04-29-2015 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the economy essentially stalling out over the first quarter, diminishing the likelihood of an interest rate hike any time soon, investors may be tempted to steer toward attractive yield-generating assets, such as preferred stock exchange traded funds. Income investors may...

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  • Evaluating Preferred ETFs Ahead of a Rate Hike

    03-30-2015 12:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    Amid historically low interest rates and no threat that the Federal Reserve would deviate from that course, exchange traded funds holding preferred stocks became favored destinations for yield-hunting income investors. With the interest rate outlook appearing far less sanguine...

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  • Preferred ETFs: High-Yields, But Monitor Rate Risks

    10-06-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Income seekers who are cashing in on the high yields offered by preferred stock exchange traded funds should start to look over their positions as a rising interest rate environment will significantly impact these hybrid assets. So far this year, the preferred stock ETFs have ...

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  • Alternative ETF Investments with Monthly Dividends

    10-03-2014 05:54 PM by Max Chen

    Investors still crave income, and savers who have come to rely on a steady cash stream may enjoy the monthly distributions offered by some alternative exchange traded fund strategies. Most fixed-income and stocks issue quarterly distributions. However, investors who want more ...

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  • Getting Tactical With U.S. Sector ETFs

    07-15-2014 01:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    Among equity-based exchange traded funds, broad market funds, such as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) and the PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ), are popular destinations for investors of all stripes. That should not diminish the tactical advantages offered by sector fun...

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  • Fill Out Your Investment Portfolio With ETFs

    07-01-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds offer investors the opportunity to quickly and easily diversify their portfolios with broad market plays or focus on niche sectors picks. To start off, investors can gain broad market exposure through cheap "total" ETFs that cover thousands of stocks, wri...

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  • Not Just Treasuries: Preferred ETFs Benefit as Rates Fall

    05-19-2014 02:19 PM by Todd Shriber

    This years toast of the town among bond exchange traded funds has been Treasury ETFs, particularly of the longer-dated variety. As 10-year Treasury yields have plunged 15.6%, investors have raced back to Treasury ETFs, helping the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca:...

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  • Preferred Stock ETFs Offer High Yields But Mind The Rate Risk

    03-11-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track preferred stocks provide investors with an attractive source of yields. However, as witnessed last year, preferred shares are vulnerable to rising interest rate environments. As benchmark 10-year Treasury yields stay below 3%, Investors have fo...

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  • Not Out With the Old for Preferred ETFs

    12-31-2013 12:40 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares U.S. Preferred Stock ETF (NYSEArca: PFF), PowerShares Preferred Portfolio (NYSEArca: PGX) and other ETFs holding preferred stocks were stung by rising Treasury yields in 2013. While not as bad as long-duration bond funds, PFF and PGX have an average 2013 loss of 1....

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: The Power of Preferreds

    12-06-2013 12:25 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Preferred Stock ETFs have mostly traded sideways in the past couple months, with the largest fund in the category PFF (iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock, Expense Ratio 0.48%) losing a hefty amount of overall assets year to date via redemption flows ($-1.4 billion). This do...

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  • Two ETF Plays for Your Retirement Income Portfolio

    10-16-2013 02:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retirees who are managing their portfolios should not chase after returns. Instead, most exchange traded fund investors saving for retirement should include strategic allocations and find opportunities in alternative income investments. For instance, Michael Fabian, a managing...

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  • Dividend ETFs for the Long Term

    09-08-2013 02:08 PM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to dividend exchange traded funds, regular income payouts are an attractive feature, but the investments also provide portfolios with diversified, long-term market exposure. Investors can utilize dividend ETFs to access a diverse range of dividend-paying stocks w...

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  • ETFs for High-Yield Seekers

    07-14-2013 09:48 AM by Tom Lydon

    Some ETF sectors that investors have favored for yield in recent years have taken a hit lately on rising interest rates. But the recent damage doesn't necessarily mean investors should give up on these asset classes. The last three months of soaring interest rates have thrown ...

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  • Preferred Stock ETFs and Rising Rates

    07-12-2013 04:43 PM by Tom Lydon

    Preferred stock ETFs could suffer more losses if interest rates start ticking higher again after this week's breather. "Preferred stock faces various headwinds, particularly rising interest rates," according to Morningstar analyst Abby Woodham. "When rates rise, preferred stoc...

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  • Rising Rate Concerns Weigh on Preferred Stock ETFs

    06-13-2013 07:17 AM by Tom Lydon

    Preferred stock exchange traded funds have helped income-oriented investors cash in on robust yields, but rising interest rates are beginning to dampen the investment's appeal. The iShares S&P US Preferred Stock Index Fund (NYSEArca: PFF) has gained 0.8% year-to-date, but ...

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  • Dividend ETFs, Yield-Producing Equities Back in Focus

    06-09-2013 10:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    The slight pullback in the stock market is creating the chance for income focused investors to get back into dividend-paying equities at a reasonable cost. Dividend exchange traded funds are back in focus as some yield-producing investments have pulled back to their 50 day-moving...

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  • An Active ETF for High-Yield Preferred Shares

    05-20-2013 09:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    Preferred stock ETFs have been popular with investors seeking above-average yields and a steady ride. Most of the category's assets reside in passive index-linked funds but an actively managed ETF has posted solid performance. The First Trust Preferred Securities and Income ET...

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  • Preferred Stock ETFs Generate Robust Yields

    03-27-2013 06:19 AM by Tom Lydon

    Preferred stock exchange traded funds held up during the Cyrpus brouhaha, but most investors are more interested in the investments' ability to generate robust yields. The iShares S&P US Preferred Stock Index Fund (NYSEArca: PFF), which comes with a 5.52% 30-day SEC yield ...

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  • Preferred Stock ETFs: An Alternative Source of Yield

    03-13-2013 11:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    Preferred stock exchange traded funds are known for their income-boosting characteristics but they offer a portfolio other benefits. The low correlation that a preferred stock has to other asset classes is another huge plus. A preferred stock is essentially a blended security ...

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  • Here are the Most-Searched ETFs

    03-03-2013 07:08 AM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to exchange traded funds, different types of investors have different goals. For instance, institutional investors have been looking at broad equities while individual investors and advisors leaned toward income and mitigating risk. According to a list of the mos...

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  • Preferred Stock ETF with 6% Yield Eyes Post-Crisis High

    01-11-2013 06:34 AM by Tom Lydon

    The largest ETF for preferred stocks, known for their above-average yields, is trying to break out to the highest level since 2008. The iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Index Fund (NYSArca: PFF) posted a total return of 18.2% in 2012 to outpace the 16% gain for the S&P...

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  • Preferred Stock ETFs for Fiscal Cliff Defense

    11-29-2012 06:10 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors who are looking for an alternative to dividend exchange traded funds have been looking into preferred stocks. Fears of the fiscal cliff have prompted investors to bail out on some dividend plays such a telecom and utilities, due to the anticipated higher taxation rate. ...

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  • ETF Flows Show Investors Hungry For Dividend and Bond ETFs

    11-28-2012 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The exchange traded fund industry offers individuals a wide range of investment choices and ideas, but ETF buying patterns so far this year indicate investors are favoring yield and dividend strategies. Dodd Kittsley, an investment strategist at iShares, pointed out that ETF f...

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  • Yield-Producing ETFs for a Retirement Portfolio

    11-20-2012 06:14 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors nearing retirement need to find ways to boost income and capital for their portfolios. The following income and high-yield exchange traded funds have a payout worthy of most retirement portfolios. "So, where do you hide out when the markets are plagued with uncertain...

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  • Preferred Stock ETFs Yielding Over 5%

    09-12-2012 05:52 AM by Tom Lydon

    The current low interest rate environment has led many investors to specialized areas of the market in search of income and appreciation. Preferred stock exchange traded funds are one of those, but the sector has unique risks investors need to consider. "Preferred shares not o...

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  • Preferred Stock ETFs with High Yields

    09-06-2012 06:04 AM by Tom Lydon

    With yields over 6% in some cases, preferred stock exchange traded funds have attracted the attention of income-starved investors. Most have honed in on the iShares S&P US Preferred Stock Index Fund (NYSEArca: PFF), but investors are doing themselves a disservice if they don'...

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  • What is an ETF? -- Part 21: Preferred Stocks

    08-03-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds continue to increase in number and popularity, growing to one of the most commonly traded securities on the stock exchange as both institutional and the average retail investor gain greater access to broad or specialized market exposure. Yet many individuals...

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  • Why Preferred Stock ETFs are Hot

    07-23-2012 08:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    Recent exchange traded fund launches have focused in on the theme of yield. New ETFs from providers Van Eck and Global Xplay on investor interest in yield with preferred shares, each with characteristics that can help build a custom portfolio. TheGlobal X SuperIncome Preferred...

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  • Van Eck Launches Non-Financial Preferred Stock ETF

    07-18-2012 10:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    In the ongoing search for yield, investors have touched upon preferred stocks, but most preferred stock exchange traded funds are highly exposed to the financial sector. Van Eck's ETF unit Market Vectors is trying to fill the need, launching a fund that specifically excludes fina...

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  • Global X Adds New U.S. Preferred Stock ETF

    07-17-2012 01:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Expanding on its preferred stock exchange traded fund line up, Global X is launching another fund that tracks preferred shares but will focus on the U.S. markets. On July 17, the Global X SuperIncome Preferred ETF (NYSEArca: SPFF) will begin trading. SPFF will try to reflect t...

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  • Some ETF Picks and Pans

    06-27-2012 01:09 PM by John Spence

    This week I appeared on Chuck Jaffes MoneyLife Show to discuss the ETF industry and some thoughts on individual funds. Click here to listen to the podcast. ETFs that I discussed with my former MarketWatch colleague included iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund ETF (...

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  • Some Preferred Stock ETFs Yield More Than 6%

    06-14-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Preferred stock exchange traded funds have become another way for investors to play the yield theme in the uncertain market. As investors search for ways to earn capital on their investments, preferred stocks have become a counterpart for dividend strategies. However, as Europ...

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  • Preferred ETFs Yielding Over 6% But Come with Risks

    05-22-2012 01:56 PM by John Spence

    Preferred stock ETFs are offering yields of more than 6% but their recent price volatility illustrates their risk and dependence on the financial sector after JP Morgan (NYSE: JPM) disclosed unexpected trading losses. Some of the largest ETFs in the category include SPDR Wells...

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  • Investors Chase Yield with Preferred Stock ETFs

    05-09-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Preferred stocks and focused exchange traded funds are high-yielding hybrid investments, so with the payoff comes risk. The risk factor makes it even more important for investors to select companies that have a good credit rating and a solid track record. The investor who buys...

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  • Waiting Out the Stock Market with Preferred, High-Yield ETFs

    05-02-2012 11:26 AM by John Spence

    Stock investors have been frustrated with the choppy action in markets the past several weeks as they wait for the next major trend to develop. Analysts are wondering if a run at the all-time highs from 2007 is in the cards, or if the S&P 500 will succumb to worries over t...

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  • Preferred Stock ETFs: High Yield, Financial Sector Risks

    04-26-2012 08:52 AM by Tom Lydon

    Preferred stock ETFs have been trading flat the past couple months along with the major equity indices, but their high dividend yields compensate investors while they wait for the next big move. Still, preferred ETFs come with unique risks, including concentration in the global f...

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  • Three Dividend ETFs for Investors Aiming High

    04-13-2012 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors seeking an income stream appreciate dividend exchange traded funds as alternative to low-yielding bonds. There are particular funds that provide a higher-than-usual yield with the added benefit of one-shot diversification. "If youre an income investor, your primary...

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  • ETF Spotlight: U.S. Preferred Stock

    01-31-2012 03:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF spotlight on iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock (NYSEArca: PFF), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $7.7 billion. Objective: The iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Fund tries to reflect the performance of the S&P Preferred Stock Index, which includes a selected ...

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  • Preferred Stock ETFs Enjoy Fat Yields, Capital Appreciation

    01-31-2012 02:47 PM by Tom Lydon

    Preferred stock exchange traded funds have offered investors the best of both worlds so far in 2012 -- higher prices and a nice dividend stream to boot. Preferred shares and ETFs that hold them could get see a further spike in popularity as investors search for yield. Prefe...

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  • Bank Rally Lifts Preferred Stock ETFs

    01-06-2012 07:17 AM by John Spence

    The financial sectors rally to start the year has provided a boost to exchange traded funds tracking preferred stock, which already pay hefty yields. The $7.2 billion iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock (NYSEArca: PFF) has jumped nearly 4% over the past week. The ETF is yield...

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  • Sell-Off Inflicts Technical Damage on Stock, High-Yield ETFs

    11-21-2011 12:39 PM by John Spence

    Mondays stock-sell off on fears over Eurozone debt and the U.S. supercommittee failure drove S&P 500 exchange traded funds below their 50-day simple moving average. [Stock ETFs Fall] However, recent market weakness has also pushed ETFs indexed to high-yield bonds and prefe...

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  • BlackRock Lists International Preferred Stock ETF

    11-18-2011 11:13 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded fund providers continue to roll out new products designed to satisfy investors craving for yield. BlackRocks iShares has launched the iShares S&P International Preferred Stock Index Fund (NYSEArca: IPFF). It has an expense ratio of 0.55%. The fund is the...

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  • High Five: Dividend ETFs with Juicy Yields

    11-09-2011 08:55 AM by Tom Lydon

    Dividend exchange traded funds have been big sellers in 2011 as investors seek a conservative approach to stocks and extra income as 10-year Treasury yields again dip below 2%. ETFs have been a good tool for dividend seekers to hunt for yield because they can invest in a baske...

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  • Preferred Stock ETFs Fall Along with Market

    06-13-2011 07:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that track preferred shares have been popular in recent years with income-starved investors, but the ETFs have pulled back over the past month along with the stock market. Preferred shares and ETFs that invest in them had been performing well before June'...

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  • Preferred Stock ETF 101

    09-06-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Preferred stock carrying exchange traded funds (ETFs) may attract investors' attention, especially as the bond markets cool off. Preferred stocks usually have a fixed dividend and carry no voting rights, among other things. Even though preferred stocks are listed as equity on ...

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  • ETFs That Yield More Than Your Savings Account

    08-26-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Commercial banks stay operational by lending at higher rates and letting customers save at dirt cheap rates. But have you seen those rates on savings accounts? They make Treasury bonds look like they're giving cash away. There are many exchange traded funds (ETFs) that may be a b...

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  • ETFs to Look At In a Low-Yield World

    08-17-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    I you're looking for high yields, don't count on finding it in Treasuries. Don't fret - there are plenty of other places you can get it. Analysts weigh in on what asset classes and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are going to give the best yields in this climate. David Bogoslaw f...

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  • SSgA Launches New Preferred Share ETF

    09-18-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors will soon have another preferred share exchange traded funds (ETFs) to consider now that State Street Global Advisors has launched its new specialty ETF. This week, State Street launched its latest ETF, SPDR Wells Fargo Preferred Stock ETF (NYSEArca: PSK), that inves...

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  • Are Preferred Share ETFs Right for You?

    08-24-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    For an investor who seeks income streams, there are a variety of avenues when it comes to exchange traded funds (ETFs). One such way is through preferred shares, or better yet, preferred share ETFs. Why would preferred shares being appealing? Right now, several preferred s...

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  • What the Biggest ETF Movers Say About Investors

    08-20-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Sings of a recovery are looming on the global horizon, and the numbers are evident in exchange traded funds (ETFs) from domestic and foreign markets, bonds, currencies and commodities. Many ETFs have been trending higher in recent weeks, says Gary Gordon for ETF Expert. The ...

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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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  • Why Preferred Stock ETFs Are Shining

    06-29-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    When the term "preferred stock" comes up, does it conjure images of exclusive shares that only sophisticated investors can purchase? The fact is, anyone can buy preferred stock now - through exchange traded funds (ETFs). Don Dion for TheStreet says that the preferred ETFs off...

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  • What If Dividend ETFs Are Losing More Than They Yield?

    02-18-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    During this crazy bear market and market meltdown, optimistic investors have been turning to dividend-rich exchange traded funds (ETFs) to answer their prayers. But what if the funds have lost more than what they yield? What's the point of them then? One reader of ours wonders: ...

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  • Balancing Risk, Reward With ETFs In Down Markets

    10-18-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investing in exchange traded funds (ETFs) or anything else in times of recession might demand incremental purchasing. Gary Gordon for ETF Expert says that the strongest risk-reward relationship rests with the return of capital plus the opportunistic yields/interest/coupons/div...

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