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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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  • 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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  • iShares to Roll Out New Muni Bond ETF Thursday

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

    BlackRocks (NYSE: BLK) iShares unit, the worlds 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 maturing ...

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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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  • 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 progra...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Barclays' New ETFs Focus On Fixed Income

    11-10-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The volatility in the market has placed a new focus on fixed-income products such as exchange traded funds (ETFs) offering access to municipal and agency markets. Barclays Global Investors launched two new ETFs that respond to the latest market demand. According to David Ho...

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