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  • How Bond ETF Investors Should Position for Rising Rates Ahead

    11-28-2016 03:42 PM by Max Chen

    As the markets face a steepening yield curve ahead, fixed-income exchange traded fund investors should begin to position their portfolios accordingly and shift toward shorter-dated assets. Many market observers anticipate the Federal Reserve will begin hiking interest rate...

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  • Marveling at Muni ETFs

    06-13-2016 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Rising supply is not always coupled with increasing demand, but both dynamics are currently at play for municipal bonds and that is providing a boost to municipal bond exchange traded funds, such as the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB), the largest muni-rel...

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  • Control Rate Risk Exposure with Low-Duration Bond ETFs

    05-23-2016 08:25 AM by Max Chen

    Rising interest rates will weigh on fixed-income portfolios, but investors can diminish the risks by moving down the yield curve to low-duration bond exchange traded funds (ETFs). With the an interest rate hike back on the table, fixed-income investors may want to think about ...

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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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  • State Street to Reverse Split Two ETFs

    03-14-2016 10:22 AM by Brenton Garen

    State Street toreverse split two of its municipal bond ETFs TFI and SHM will be reserve split 1-for-2 on March 15 As a result of the reverse splits, shareholders of SHM and TFI could potentially hold fractional shares State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), the third-large...

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  • Short-Term Bond ETFs Time to Shine

    12-10-2015 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Federal Reserve could announce an interest rate hike next week. Consequently, fixed-income investors may want to think about ways to limit the negative impact of rising rates, such as moving down the yield curve to short-term bond exchange traded funds. When interest rates...

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  • Some Bond ETFs Still Merit Attention

    06-22-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    While many anticipate a rising rate environment ahead, investors should not forgo fixed-income assets and bond exchange traded funds in a diversified portfolio. "We are in a potential rising-interest-rate environment, and initially this will have a negative impact on bond and ...

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  • Short-Term Muni ETFs to Diminish Rate Risk

    05-17-2015 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond investors who are worried about the negative effects of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike could switch into short-term munis exchange traded funds to mitigate the risks. Sticking to intermediate and short-term funds of all flavors is generally a good idea, Sc...

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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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  • Short-Duration Bond ETFs to Mitigate Potential Volatility

    01-06-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Due to ongoing uncertainty over the Federal Reserve's interest rate outlook, fixed-income investors should stick to short-term bond exchange traded funds. Because of the potential volatility, "investors should be flexible and consider more liquid securities. Fixed income with ...

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

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

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

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  • Its Not All Bad for Muni Bond ETFs

    01-22-2014 01:19 PM by Todd Shriber

    It is easy to get wrapped up in the sensational headlines surrounding the municipal bond market these days. Namely those pertaining to Detroits bankruptcy filing, Illinois unfunded pension obligations and Puerto Rico distress. That headlines and others prompted investors to pu...

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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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  • Forbes Flags Favorite ETFs

    06-10-2013 03:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds are known for low fees, especially for long term, buy-and-hold investors. Forbes recently compiled a list of ETFs aimed at helping investors preserve wealth through lower investing costs. Good news for savers: Theres a price war in exchange traded funds. ...

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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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  • Muni Bond ETFs Stay the Course

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

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

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  • Risks of Muni Bond ETFs

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

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

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  • Muni Bond ETFs as Alternative to Treasuries

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

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

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  • 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 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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  • 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 bond...

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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 an...

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  • Some Relief In ETFs As Bailout Plan Nears Approval

    10-02-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After a failure that rocked Wall Street and exchange traded funds (ETFs) earlier this week, the $700 billion bailout package seems closer to reality. The Senate approved the bill, and now it's off to the House, report Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Charles Babington for the Associ...

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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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