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  • Rising Inflation Expectations Lower Treasury Bond ETFs' Appeal

    12-01-2016 03:51 PM by Max Chen

    Treasury bond exchange traded funds continued to deteriorate, with yields on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes hitting a 17-month high Thursday, as crude oil prices continued to strengthen, fueling inflation expectations. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TL...

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  • How to Better Manage Rising Rate Risks with Alternative Bond ETFs

    12-01-2016 03:07 PM by Max Chen

    The debt market has been reeling as bond yields rose. However, fixed-income investors can hedge against rising rates through alternative bond exchange traded fund strategies. On the recent webcast, The Growing Risk of Normalizing Interest Rates, Simeon Hyman, Head of Inves...

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  • ETF Strategies for Growing Risk of Normalizing Interest Rates

    11-30-2016 03:25 PM by Max Chen

    With increased expectations of a rising interest rate environment ahead, fixed-income ETF investors should prepare their bond portfolios for the growing risks. On an upcoming webcast this Thursday, The Growing Risk of Normalizing Interest Rates, Simeon Hyman, Head of Investmen...

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  • Inverse Treasury ETFs Gain Traction on Mounting Rate Hike Bets

    11-22-2016 04:25 PM by Max Chen

    As the markets anticipates with almost complete certainty that the Federal Reserve will restart raising interest rates in December, bearish or inverse Treasury bond exchange traded funds have climbed. For example, the ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (NYSEArca: TBT),...

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  • ETFs to Hedge President-Elect Trump's Inflationary Proposals

    11-11-2016 02:30 PM by Max Chen

    President-elect Donald Trump has backed a number of measures that could fuel inflationary pressures ahead. Consequently, investors should consider exchange traded fund investments that may hedge portfolios against rising prices. During the campaign trail, Trump has called ...

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  • A Cautious Call on Long-Term Treasury ETFs

    09-27-2016 10:38 AM by Brenton Garen

    The Federal Reserve gave Treasurys and the corresponding exchange traded funds, such as the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT), a bit of a reprieve last week by not raising interest rates. However, the increasingly dividend Fed could still raise rates later this y...

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  • Charts Not Encouraging for Bond ETFs

    09-21-2016 11:05 AM by Tom Lydon

    Perhaps this will change if, as expected, the Federal Reserve declines to raise interest rates this week, but for the moment, it appears some popular fixed income exchange traded funds are facing technical hurdles. That group includes the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEA...

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  • A Bearish ETF Idea for a Trump Victory

    09-20-2016 10:45 AM by Brenton Garen

    With less than two months until election day, now is a good time to review some of the trades that could work under both possible presidential election scenarios. That includes fixed income ideas. Investors have flocked to U.S. Treasuries and bond-related exchange traded funds...

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  • ETFs to Hedge Rising Risks in Treasury Bonds

    07-25-2016 08:25 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors have flocked to U.S. Treasuries and bond-related exchange traded funds in a world of negative-yielding sovereign debt. However, with U.S. Treasury yields hovering around three-decade lows, government debt looks pricey and fixed-income investors are now exposed to greate...

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  • Treasury Bond ETFs Could Continue to Slide

    03-15-2016 05:54 PM by Max Chen

    Treasury bond-related ETFscould continue to weaken as rising inflation and Federal Reserve interest rate normalization send yields higher Investors have raised bets on the Fed moving rates in 2016 after a gauge of inflation expectations The probability of the Fed hiking ra...

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  • Massive ETF Bets Mount on December Rate Hike

    11-16-2015 01:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the Federal Reserve contemplates a December interest rate hike, investors can turn to inverse Treasury bond exchange traded funds to lower a fixed-income portfolio's overall duration and hedge against rising rates. For example, the popular ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Trea...

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  • Largest Leveraged ETF In World Comes To A Halt

    10-15-2015 03:04 PM by Tom Lydon

    In Japan, the world's largest leveraged exchange traded fund is growing too large to control. Nomura Asset Management Co. will halt subscription orders for its Next Funds Nikkei 225 Leveraged Index ETF, along with two other funds, from Friday, stating that underlying liquidity...

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  • If Fed Hikes Rates, These ETFs Could Help Reduce The Backlash

    09-11-2015 02:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    While many expect the Federal Reserve to push off on a rate hike, there is still a chance of a higher interest rate announcement next week. The change will have wide reaching effects and weigh on many markets and exchange traded funds. The markets currently predict a one in fo...

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  • Inverse, Leveraged ETF Assets Reach a Record $63 Billion

    07-08-2015 01:37 PM by Todd Shriber

    Bolstered bearish wagers on U.S. government bonds, combined assets under management for global inverse and leveraged exchange traded funds climbed to $63 billion as of the end of June, according to data from Boost, WisdomTree (NasdaqGM: WETF), the fifth-largest U.S. ETF issuer. ...

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  • A Bond Rotation Could Support Stock ETFs

    06-24-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With prospects of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike sometime this year, stock exchange traded funds could find support from a potential great rotation out of bonds. Asset management consultancy firm Create found that among 705 institutional investors, including pension fund...

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  • June Swoon for Bond ETFs

    06-19-2015 12:57 PM by Todd Shriber

    This weeks Federal Reserve meeting came and went without an interest rate hike, but that is not ebbing the flow of redemptions from fixed income exchange traded funds. Investors pulled $1.44 billion out of fixed-income funds since May 31, on course for the biggest monthly with...

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  • Mass Exodus From a Big Bond ETF

    06-10-2015 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    With 10-year Treasury yields up 6.2% over the past month, it is not surprising that investors would want to flee longer-dated bond exchange traded funds. They are doing just that. For the week ended June 8, investors pulled nearly $319 from the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond E...

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  • Inverse Bond ETFs to Hedge Growing Risk in Fixed-Income Market

    06-01-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    After years of piling into the fixed-income market, investors are now faced with significant risks of a rising rate environment. Consequently, bond traders can utilize short or inverse exchange traded funds to hedge their exposure. "Today, six and a half years after the collap...

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  • TLT Woes Stoke Interest in Leveraged Bond ETFs

    05-21-2015 12:30 PM by Todd Shriber

    With almost $5.2 billion in assets under management and average daily volume of nearly 8.7 million shares, the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) is considered one of the gold standards among fixed income exchange traded funds holding longer-dated U.S. government ...

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  • Bearish Bond ETFs Back in Style

    05-04-2015 11:25 AM by Todd Shriber

    Ten-year Treasury yields surged 9.8% last week to 2.11%, the highest levels since late February. Over the past month, 10-year yields are up 11.2%. Those rising yields and sagging bond prices are stoking returns by and inflows to exchange traded funds that rise when government ...

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  • Chart Problems for a big Bond ETF

    04-29-2015 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Ten-year Treasury yields have risen just half a percent over the past month, but a well-known exchange traded fund holding longer-dated Treasurys has been struggling. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) is off 2.4% over the past month and the chart on the $6...

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  • Rate Hike Jitters Have Investors Fleeing Bond ETFs

    03-17-2015 11:50 AM by Todd Shriber

    After posting a record year of inflows, fixed income exchange traded started 2015 on a similarly strong note. Amid falling yields, investors poured $7.9 billion into fixed income ETFs in January. That number jumped exponentially by the end of February. Bond ETFs took in $32 bi...

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  • Long-Term Treasury Bond ETF Suffers Record Outflows

    03-16-2015 02:02 PM by Tom Lydon

    As speculation of an imminent Federal Reserve rate hike mounts, the largest treasury bond-related exchange traded fund is bleeding assets at its fastest pace ever. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) experienced its worst three-week outflow since it began tr...

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  • ETFs To Hedge Treasuries As Traders Go Short

    12-29-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Bond investors are growing increasingly bearish on Trasuries futures. Exchange traded fund traders can also hedge against a fall in the Treasuries market through inverse products. For instance, the ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (NYSEArca: TBT) seeks to deliver twice t...

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  • These Leveraged ETFs are Burning Investors

    10-15-2014 12:41 PM by Todd Shriber

    When properly used, leveraged exchange traded funds can be potent tools. The temptation of that potency must be accompanied by the reminder that these products are best suited for active, risk-tolerant traders, something that both ProShares and Direxion, the two largest issuers o...

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  • The Race to Treasury ETFs

    09-15-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Despite all the chatter about when the Federal Reserve will finally race interest rates, investors are living in the moment as a 12.4% year-to-date decline in 10-year Treasury yields has stoked massive inflows to Treasury exchange traded funds. "Government-bond ETFs have recor...

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  • Treasury ETF Volatility in Advance of Fed Tightening

    09-09-2014 03:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    Some exchange traded funds holding longer-dated U.S. Treasuries, not often an asset class associated with volatility, are experiencing an uptick in volatility as some traders prepare for interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve. Implied volatility on the iShares 20+ Year T...

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  • Bond ETFs Lead August Flows, Says SSgA

    09-04-2014 02:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S.-listed exchange traded funds added $14.8 billion in new assets last month, but despite August being the best month for U.S. stocks since February, fixed income ETFs led in terms of monthly inflows. Fixed income ETFs added $8.36 billion in new assets last month compared to...

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  • For the Daring, Short Treasury ETFs

    09-03-2014 02:00 PM by Todd Shriber

    The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) gained nearly 4% last month while the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) tacked on 1.3%. Since the start of the third quarter, only three ETFs have added more new assets than IEF and last month, IEF was th...

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  • Bond ETF Strategies to Shield Against Rising Rates

    07-06-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the markets largely expecting the Federal Reserve to hike benchmark interest rates next year, it is never too early to start thinking about exchange traded fund options that can help mitigate the negative effects of rising rates. Traders are boosting U.S. short-term inter...

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  • Inverse Bond Treasury ETF Nears Breakout

    06-24-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    One of this years most prominent themes has been declining Treasury yields and the subsequent (and substantial) spate of inflows to fixed income exchange traded funds. The iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF), Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (NYSEArca: BND) and t...

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  • As Stocks Rise, so do Bearish ETF Bets

    06-10-2014 09:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    Even with the S&P 500 hitting new record highs on an almost daily basis, short sellers are not deterred and continue to load up on bearish bets on some of the largest exchange traded funds. Nearly 11% of the shares outstanding in the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY), t...

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  • For the Adventurous, Leveraged Treasury ETFs

    05-18-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) and the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) are among the 10 best ETFs this year in terms of asset-gathering proficiency. Combined, IEF and TLT have brought in almost $4.6 billion, underscoring the difficu...

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  • Inverse Bond ETFs: 2014s Definition of Insanity

    05-15-2014 12:51 PM by Todd Shriber

    Much to the chagrin of market participants that previously clamored about 10-year Treasury yields rising above 3% this year, those yields have tumbled. Factor in Thursdays loss of nearly 2% at this writing and 10-year yields are lower by almost 17% in 2014. That has not been e...

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  • Attractive Alternative Treasury ETFs

    02-13-2014 01:59 PM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury yields are beginning to tick higher after the bout of volatility sent investors to safety. While rates haven't surged, Treasury bond exchange traded fund investors should prepare for a rising rate environment. "Bond investors and traders should consider preparing for ...

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  • Treasury ETFs: A Contrarian Play for 2014

    02-04-2014 02:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury exchange traded funds are making a comeback as benchmark yields experience the largest monthly drop since August 2011. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) has gained 7.6% year-to-date while iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) rose 3....

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  • Inverse Treasury ETFs Help Hedge Against Rising Rates

    12-05-2013 03:58 PM by Max Chen

    Speculation on Fed tapering has pushed benchmark Treasury yields to a 11-week high. Consequently, bond investors have begun shifting out of long-term debt as rates rise, but the more aggressive trader can capitalize on tumbling Treasuries with inverse exchange traded funds. Bo...

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  • Big Bond ETF Faces Critical Test

    11-22-2013 12:24 PM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT), home to over $2.76 billion in assets under management, has lost almost 14% this year amid fears of rising interest rates. TLT is now facing a critical technical test that could have a major impact on its near-term fortunes. ...

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  • Two Ways Treasury Bond ETFs Will React If U.S. Defaults

    10-08-2013 02:56 PM by Tom Lydon

    The government shutdown has the markets scrambling, and a looming U.S. default on debt has left many Treasury bond exchange traded fund investors scratching their heads. According to a recent J.P. Morgan survey, investors are still divided on how long-term U.S. Treasuries will...

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  • Treasury ETFs Soften on Lower Jobless Claims, Stock Rally

    08-01-2013 02:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the Fed's determination to stick with its easing program, Treasury bond exchange traded funds weakened as rates spiked and investors turned to the "risk-on" trade. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) fell 2.0% Thursday. TLT has declined 9.9%...

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  • Inverse Treasury ETFs Capitalize on Rising Interest Rates

    07-30-2013 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In a rising interest rate environment, Treasury bond prices have been taking a beating. More aggressive investors, though, can take advantage of the unfortunate turn with inverse exchange traded funds. For instance, while the iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEAr...

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  • Using Inverse ETFs to Hedge Interest Rate Risk

    06-12-2013 05:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    With interest rates rising, more aggressive traders are using short or inverse exchange traded funds to capitalize on weakening Treasuries and fixed-income assets, but the instruments do not come without risks. Timothy Strauts, ETF analyst at Morningstar, points out that funds...

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  • Inverse Treasury ETFs Rally as Bonds Off to Worst Start in Years

    01-08-2013 09:09 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETFs designed to short Treasuries are rallying to open the year as U.S. government debt is off to its worst start to a year since 2009. Treasury bonds are down nearly 1% so far in 2013. "It was the biggest decline for a first week since the Treasury was preparing to ramp up...

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  • Five ETFs to Protect Against Rising Interest Rates

    10-13-2012 06:09 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the multi-decade long rally in the Treasuries market, yields are now hovering around historic low rates. If you are wary of a potential rising rate environment, short duration and inverse Treasury exchange traded funds could help mitigate the risks in a fixed-income portfol...

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  • Bond Index ETFs for Rising Interest Rates

    09-19-2012 08:09 AM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury yields have ticked higher from the summer low as central bank stimulus has improved sentiment and nudged investors into riskier assets. Bond ETF investors can protect themselves from rising interest rates by moving into funds with shorter durations, while ETFs that short...

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  • Treasury ETFs Rally as 10-Year Yield Dips Below 1.8%

    05-14-2012 08:52 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Treasury yields fell Monday and bond ETFs rallied as fears Greece will leave the euro continued to rattle global markets. Most European indices were down more than 2% while yields on the 10-year Treasury note traded under 1.8% with investors preferring the safety of U.S. governme...

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  • Short ETFs: Treasury Bears Mauled by Bond Rally

    04-09-2012 11:51 AM by John Spence

    When a trade gets too crowded, its usually time to expect the unexpected. Traders who loaded up on bearish bets against U.S. Treasuries using inverse ETFs are getting burned by rising bond prices and falling yields in April. Treasury yields fell to a one-month low on Monday fo...

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  • Treasury ETF Bears Reload as Yields Fall

    04-05-2012 01:18 PM by John Spence

    Options traders continue to step up their bearish bets against Treasury exchange traded funds despite the move lower in yields the past two days, which has pushed bond prices higher. Traders have been using Treasury ETFs for weeks to position for falling bond prices. For examp...

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  • ProShares Adds Leveraged ETF That Shorts Treasuries

    04-03-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    ProShares, an alternative exchange traded fund provider known for its inverse and leveraged products, launched a new geared long-term Treasury ETF, extending its current line of inverse Treasury funds as the investments attract greater attention on the heels of rising interest ra...

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  • Options Traders Bet on Higher Bond Yields with Short ETFs

    03-28-2012 09:27 AM by John Spence

    Options traders continue to position for higher yields and lower bond prices with ETFs that follow U.S. Treasuries. Treasury bears have surfaced again this week to snap up calls in ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TBT), says Paul Weisbruch, head of ETF/op...

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  • Is It Finally Time to Short Treasuries with ETFs?

    03-21-2012 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors who bought U.S. Treasury ETFs for safety have been jarred by their steep pullback this month as yields move higher. Some aggressive traders are wondering if it's finally time to short Treasuries with inverse ETFs. Bond exchange traded funds have been popular as inves...

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  • Short ETFs for Rising Interest Rates

    03-20-2012 12:24 PM by John Spence

    Inverse exchange traded funds designed to short U.S. Treasuries have been getting more attention lately as yields rise and bond prices pull back. These bearish ETFs, some of which use leverage, include ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (NYSEArca: TBT), ProShares UltraShor...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: U.S. Treasury Bonds

    03-15-2012 03:00 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    The last several days have been absolute carnage for many fixed income segments of the market, and their corresponding ETFs. We have highlighted options trading with bearish motivations toward longer dated treasuries for months now, involving call buying in ProShares UltraShor...

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  • Shorting Treasury Bonds with ETFs

    03-13-2012 01:38 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking long-term Treasuries are testing a key support level that if broken could lead to a move higher in yields. Inverse Treasury ETFs are one tool that institutional investors are using to hedge against a potential spike in long-term rates. There are ...

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  • Chart of the Day: Short ETFs for Treasuries

    02-14-2012 11:29 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Recently in the options markets, we have seen renewed interest in call buying in ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TBT), which is essentially a bearish bet against prices of longer dated Treasury bonds (and simultaneously a play on rising yields). Similarl...

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  • Treasury ETFs on the Precipice

    01-24-2012 01:18 PM by John Spence

    Are Treasury exchange traded funds on the verge of a major technical breakdown? U.S. government bond ETFs are giving off weak technical signals as markets await the Federal Reserve announcement and President Barack Obamas State of the Union address. For example, iShares Bar...

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  • ETFs That Short U.S. Treasury Bonds

    01-23-2012 03:36 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds indexed to long-term U.S. Treasury bonds are on a losing streak due to investor preference for riskier assets such as stocks, and hints of progress on Europes debt crisis. Now Goldman Sachs (GS) and some other Wall Street firms are recommending clients...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Treasury Bonds

    01-11-2012 01:23 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Yields on the 10-year Treasury note touched 1.9% on Wednesday following a solid auction as investors continue to scramble for safety from the Eurozone debt crisis. The Treasury Department sold $21 billion in 10-year notes on Wednesday at a yield of 1.9%, the lowest level ever ...

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  • Investors Bet Against Treasuries with ETFs

    11-29-2011 10:04 AM by John Spence

    Some traders continue to position for lower U.S. Treasury bond prices with options on inverse exchange traded funds, according to the latest flow data. In Mondays stock rally, there was reasonably heavy call volume in options on ProShares UltraShort Barclays 20+ Year Treasury ...

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  • Traders Tap ETFs to Profit from Higher Treasury Yields

    11-15-2011 01:27 PM by John Spence

    Recent activity in bond exchange traded funds shows some investors are positioning to profit if U.S. Treasury yields rise and bond prices decline. ProShares UltraShort Barclays 20+ Year Treasury (NYSEArca: TBT) has seen net inflows of $1.2 billion so far in 2011 through the en...

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  • Investors Shift to Large-Cap from Small-Cap ETFs

    11-14-2011 08:02 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Buying patterns in exchange traded funds suggest some investors are moving assets to large-cap ETFs from small-cap funds. The S&P 500 closed the week on a high note and again seems poised to challenge its 200 day moving average (currently 1272.27), which has provided resis...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Inverse Treasury Funds

    11-11-2011 09:34 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    About a month ago we noted significant asset inflows in leveraged inverse Treasury-based exchange traded funds, notably Direxion Daily 20 Year Plus Treasury Bear 3X (NYSEArca: TMV) and ProShares UltraShort Barclays 20+ Year Treasury (NYSEArca: TBT). [ETF Chart of the Day] Thes...

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  • Treasury ETFs Catch Bid on Safety Trade

    10-31-2011 04:42 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasury bonds rallied Monday on worries over Europe's debt bailout. Still, Treasury ETFs have posted losses for October as investors turned more upbeat on the global economy. Conservative investors have thrown billions into Treasury b...

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  • A Look at Recent Trends in ETF Options Trading

    10-13-2011 04:00 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Many of the gaps higher in recent trading sessions have been fueled by short covering as well as buy stops in the S&P 500 Index futures and related derivatives. For example, on Wednesday we saw a large S&P E-Mini futures buy stop order at the 1210 level in the SPX take...

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  • Treasury ETF Sell-Off Picks Up Speed as Yields Leap

    10-12-2011 01:50 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that follow U.S. Treasury bonds continued their steep slide Wednesday on talk European leaders will get a handle on the debt crisis. U.S. 30-year Treasury bonds were down for a six consecutive day, their longest losing streak since 2007, Bloomberg reporte...

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  • Traders Step Up Bearish Bets Against Treasury ETFs

    10-11-2011 02:39 PM by Tom Lydon

    Activity in bond exchange traded funds suggests traders have increased their wagers against U.S. government debt. As reported earlier this week, ETFs that bet against Treasuries have seen inflows recently as yields rise. Bond prices and yields move in opposite directions. In o...

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  • Aggressive Call Buying in Financial ETFs; Bond Fund Outflows

    10-10-2011 08:12 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    With broad based equity exchange traded funds such as SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) and iShares Russell 2000 (NYSEArca: IWM) finishing well off the intraday lows touched on Tuesday of last week, we did see some signs of a rotation away from Treasury ETFs and back into equities...

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  • Treasury ETFs Fall as Investors Regain Risk Appetite

    10-07-2011 02:49 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasury bonds pulled back this week as stocks and commodities benefited from investors regaining some of their appetite for riskier assets. Yields on the 10-year note climbed back above 2% on Friday and Treasury ETFs were in the red. ...

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  • Inverse Treasury ETFs in Focus on Renewed Bond Bubble Talk

    08-31-2011 11:26 AM by Tom Lydon

    Worries over the economy and global debt levels have caused investors to rush to safe havens such as U.S. Treasury bonds amid the volatility in stocks. Yields on the 10-year Treasury note recently dipped below 2% even though Standard & Poor's downgraded its triple-A rating...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Shorting U.S. Treasuries

    08-04-2011 01:35 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Fixed income exchange traded fund options have been active this week and so are the underlying ETFs from a volume standpoint. Bond prices continue to soar (with yields falling) amidst recent equity markets weakness. From a price standpoint, corporate bonds as well as Treasu...

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  • ETF Spotlight: ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (TBT)

    06-30-2011 07:58 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (NYSEArca: TBT), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $6.1 billion Objective: The ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury fund tries to reflect the daily performance that corresponds with twice (200%) the inverse (opposit...

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  • Long Treasury ETF Moves Lower After 2011 Peak

    06-06-2011 03:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    An exchange traded fund tracking long-dated Treasury bonds has pulled back somewhat after hitting its high for the year last week with investors scaling back risk in their portfolios. Despite all the chatter about the debt ceiling and inflation, iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treas...

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  • ETFs Close Mixed in Response to Greece Deal, U.S. Debt Warning

    06-02-2011 05:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds (ETFs) ended a volatile trading day mostly flat on reports of a Greece funding deal, while Moody issues a warning about U.S. Debt. The S&P 500 rebounded from earlier losses on Thursday following news of a fresh funding plan to help Greece pay of...

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  • Treasury ETFs Still Waiting for Higher Rates

    05-16-2011 03:55 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in Treasury bonds have been strong over the past month as yields decline, but many investors remain worried about the U.S. debt ceiling and higher interest rates. Eric Jacobson, Morningstars director of fixed-income research, mentions the key ...

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  • Treasury ETFs Rise but Jim Rogers Says Short Bonds

    04-21-2011 06:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    Another high-profile investor is readying a short bet against U.S. Treasury bonds if prices continue to rise. Noted investor Jim Rogers on Thursday said he plans to sell short Treasury bonds if their prices keep climbing. An investor who shorts bonds profits when their prices ...

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  • Treasury ETFs Rise Following CPI Report

    04-15-2011 09:07 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in U.S. Treasury bonds rallied Friday after the government reported consumer-price data that showed inflation didnt rise as much as some analysts had expected in March. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: TLT) wa...

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  • These ETFs Short Treasurys Like Bill Gross

    04-11-2011 05:59 AM by John Spence

    Bill Gross has reportedly initiated a short position in U.S. government debt in PIMCOs Total Return Fund after scaling back the funds investments in Treasury bonds. Gross, who runs the worlds biggest bond fund, is betting on further weakness in Treasurys, accoroding to reports...

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  • PIMCOs Gross Exits Treasuries - What About ETFs?

    03-10-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    History is filled with economic cycles, and the Treasury exchange traded fund (ETF) bonds market may soon come under pressure. The world's largest bond fund, PIMCO Total Return Fund (PTTRX), reduced its exposure to U.S. government debt to zero last month, reports Joe Morris o...

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  • Confidence Comes at a Cost for Treasury ETFs

    01-12-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Economic sentiment is improving. That's a positive for the markets, but it's been bad news for Treasury exchange traded funds (ETFs) today. Portugal stepped forward with a big bond sale to prove that it can still raise money in international markets. The downside to that is th...

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  • Jobs Data Has Short Treasury ETF Hopping

    01-05-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Today's better-than-expected jobs data is a mixed blessing for Treasury bond exchange traded funds (ETFs). In response to job growth that was triple what economists forecast, Treasuries have been tanking today as investors move out of them and into riskier and better-yielding ...

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  • Two ETF Types to Battle Inflation

    01-05-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Inflation or deflation, that is the question. If it's inflation, here are a few exchange traded funds (ETFs) that may help ease your pain. Kevin Depew for Minyanville says there are some things you should know about our current economic climate, because we're in confusing time...

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  • Should We Be Worried About Treasury ETFs?

    12-23-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury bonds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold them can be some of the safest investments any investor can hope to hold. However, high government debt and an unwillingness to address current problems are putting bondholders on edge. Former Federal Reserve Chairman A...

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  • Treasury ETFs Up As Worries Mount...But Will It Last?

    12-17-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After struggling to find their footing in the last month, Treasury bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) are once again seeing their prices increase today. But does this mean that they've turned over a new leaf? The recent rise in yields has surprised many investors in bond ETFs. ...

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  • Treasury ETF Holders Need a Wake-Up Call

    12-15-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    If you're holding long-term Treasury bond exchange traded funds (ETFs), look out below. That's because Treasuries have gotten hammered lately. For confirmation, check out ProShares UltraShort 20+ Year Treasury (NYSEArca: TBT), which we've been writing about since it crossed th...

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  • What to Do About a Treasury ETF Bubble?

    12-08-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    For months, the markets have been buzzing about what looks like a bubble in Treasury bonds and bond exchange traded funds (ETFs). As market volatility spiked in the first half of the year, investors took shelter in Treasury bonds, the safest type of debt around. Investors also...

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  • Deficit Fears Hold Back ETFs Early

    12-08-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are moderately flat in early trading on Wednesday as Treasury notes fell and the dollar gained on thinking the tax-cut deal would strengthen the economy. Bond traders are still concerned about how the European debt crisis will be resolved and Asian st...

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  • How to Manage Interest Rate Risk With ETFs

    12-07-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Interest rate risk doesn't seem like much of a risk at all these days, given how low they've been for the last year-plus. Soon, though, rates will rise and you won't want to get caught holding the bag. The total value of a simple investment can be affected by rising or falling...

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  • Retired? How to Cope with a Bond ETF Bubble

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

    All this talk of a bond bubble has some investors close to retirement wondering if this means they should unload bond exchange traded funds (ETFs). Funny thing that investors usually invest in bonds in order to curtail risk and avoid speculative bubbles. That makes bonds espec...

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  • Tom Lydon Makes His ETF Picks on CNBC

    09-22-2010 09:31 AM by Heather Hayes

    Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC this morning to talk about some hot trends he's noticing in the exchange traded funds (ETFs) space. Watch the video now to find out what he likes!

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  • Short ETFs: An Option for a Bursting Bond Bubble

    08-30-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    There's been a lot of talk about the so-called "bond bubble," spurred by the rush of investor cash into Treasury bond exchange traded funds (ETFs). Bubble or no bubble, here's one way to cope. Interest rates have been at record lows for more than a year, and as long as the eco...

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  • How to Use ETFs to Hedge 3 Inflationary Risks

    04-28-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    All the government spending and record-low interest rates have certainly helped right our listing economy. But as the stimulus winds down and interest rates go back up, you'll want to have some exchange traded funds (ETFs) at the ready to protect your portfolio. The bulls are...

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  • Bond ETFs Were Hot in Q1, But Watch Out

    04-15-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The economy is looking better, but debt has skyrocketed and fears of eventual inflation haven't subsided. That's where the Federal Reserve comes in to kick up interest rates. Bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) - beloved in the first quarter - may get socked if you're not looking. ...

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  • Bond ETF Alternatives After Interest Rates Rise

    03-28-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Sooner or later, interest rates are going to go back up, and when they do, government bonds won't be worth as much as they used to. A selection of bond related exchange traded funds (ETFs) now offer investors exposure to bonds that try to sidestep the capital depreciation that co...

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  • Interest Rate Hikes Are Coming; How to Get Your ETFs Ready

    03-08-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Sometime in the next 12 to 20 months (or even sooner), we're looking at the very real possibility of interest rate hikes. If you're caught off guard and holding the wrong exchange traded funds (ETFs), it could wind up being costly. What goes down must eventually come back up,...

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  • Why Investors Are Watching Short Teasury ETFs

    02-25-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Today's moves aside, leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs) that seek to profit when Treasury prices decline have done well this month as investors continue to worry about big deficits, further rate hikes, inflation and rampant spending. Rising interest rates and the threat o...

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  • ProShares Launches Two Long Bond ETFs

    01-23-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    ProShares added two new exchange traded funds (ETFs) to their lineup, and both offer 200% leverage to the daily performance of their underlying long-term and intermediate-term Treasury bond indexes. The new ETFs are the ProShares Ultra 20+ Year Treasury (NYSEArca: UBT) and th...

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  • ProShares Files to Add to Treasury ETF Choices

    10-18-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ProShares is preparing to expand its lineup of Treasury bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) by filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for two new long funds. ProShares has filed for two new long Treasury bond ETFs.The ETFs are: ProShares Ultra 7-10 Year Tr...

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  • Leveraged ETFs: So Misunderstood

    08-04-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the controversy over leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs), many have fled the market and it is difficult to tell exactly how many retailer investors hold them. Leveraged ETFs have been designed for short-term traders who want to maximize the movements of certain marke...

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  • Is It Time To Short Treasury ETFs?

    06-01-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    During the financial crisis, we sought the warmth and safety of Treasury bonds. But now that Treasury prices are starting to fall, is it time to short Treasuries and related exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Some investors seemed to think so last week. Leveraged ETFs that short U....

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