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  • How Bond ETF Investors Should Position for Rising Rates Ahead How Bond ETF Investors Should Position for Rising Rates Ahead
    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 …
  • Control Rate Risk Exposure with Low-Duration Bond ETFs Control Rate Risk Exposure with Low-Duration Bond ETFs
    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 …
  • 33 Muni Bond ETFs to Augment Income Generation 33 Muni Bond ETFs to Augment Income Generation
    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 …
  • Short-Term Bond ETFs Time to Shine
    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 …
  • Some Bond ETFs Still Merit Attention
    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, …
  • Short-Term Muni ETFs to Diminish Rate Risk
    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 …
  • Diversify with a Cheap, Broad Munis Bond ETF
    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 …
  • Short-Duration Bond ETFs to Mitigate Potential Volatility
    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 …
  • Why an ETF May Make Sense for Munis Exposure
    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 …
  • Time to Look at Municipal Bond ETFs
    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 …
  • Muni ETFs Stand Out in Fixed-Income Space
    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 …
  • iShares to Roll Out New Muni Bond ETF Thursday
    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 …
  • It’s Not All Bad for Muni Bond ETFs
    It is easy to get wrapped up in the sensational headlines surrounding the municipal bond market these days. Namely those pertaining to Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, Illinois’ unfunded pension obligations and …
  • BlackRock: 3 Bond Strategies for the New Year
    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 …
  • Sell-Off in Municipal Bond ETFs May be Overdone
    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 …
  • Muni Bond ETFs as Alternative to Treasuries
    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 …
  • Uncertainty Over Tax Breaks May Hit Muni Bond ETFs
    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. …
  • Muni Bond ETFs on a Roll as Yields Hit Record Lows
    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 …
  • Muni Bond ETFs Enjoy Big Rally
    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 …
  • Municipal Bond ETFs Turn in Solid Year
    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 …
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