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  • 33 Muni Bond ETFs to Augment Income Generation

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

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

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  • PowerShares Reveals Muni Bond ETF Changes

    07-08-2014 01:08 PM by Tom Lydon

    Invescos (NYSE: IVZ) PowerShares, the fourth-largest U.S. exchange traded funds issuer, today announced name, index and investment objective changes for three of its municipal bond ETFs. Effective July 8, 2014, the PowerShares Insured National Municipal Bond Portfolio (NYSEArc...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Financial Advisors Ditch Stock-Picking, Embrace ETFs

    08-23-2012 02:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    More financial advisors are abandoning stock-picking in favor of index-tracking ETFs that let them build diversified portfolios for clients with low fees and transparency. As witnessed in the mutual fund industry, individual stock picking is falling on hard times, with a growi...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs For Liquidity and Yield

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

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

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  • 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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  • 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

    Californias 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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  • 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 administrations 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 ind...

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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Muni Bond ETFs: A Crisis in the Making?

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

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

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  • 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 related...

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  • 8 ETFs That Can Add Income to Your Portfolio

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

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

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  • 4 Reasons Bond ETFs Still Have Appeal

    03-10-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Last year was one long coming-out party for bond exchange traded funds (ETFs), which managed to attract a cool $104.1 billion, according to Morningstar data. But if you're expecting a repeat in 2010, that might be premature thinking. The bond ETF market heated up in 2009, but ...

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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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  • 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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  • Where You Can Go If Treasury Bond ETFs Peter Out

    08-06-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As more and more economic reports signal a recovery process, however tentative, investors are gradually regaining their risk appetites. If the trend continues, it could put treasury bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) on the losing end of things. Last year, investors turned to T...

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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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  • 4 ETF Strategies for Retirees in 2009

    02-11-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    2008 was a devastating and demoralizing year for just about all securities and exchange traded funds (ETFs) except for the U.S. Treasury Bond market.The reason behind this surge in bonds was that investors responded to turbulent times in a fight-or-flight manner, and fled to the ...

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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 alsoappears 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 st...

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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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  • How Obama's Win Could Lift Muni Bond ETFs

    11-06-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The election of Barack Obama to be the next president of the United States will help out certain exchange traded fund (ETF) sectors more than others. The municipal bond market could be one beneficiary, based on an analysis of their economic recovery proposals and interviews with ...

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  • Obama, McCain Will Impact Market, ETFs in Different Ways

    10-29-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Only one thing is this election is for certain: the outcome will have an effect on the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) in one way or another. This is the first time in 76 years that an election is taking place during a financial meltdown/crisis. Ben Steverman for Busi...

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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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