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US Fixed Income ETF

  • Nuveen Files Plans for Aggregate Bond ETF

    06-16-2016 10:34 AM by Tom Lydon

    Nuveen Investments, which has been angling to get back into the exchange traded funds business after a lengthy absence, filed plans with the Securities and Exchange Commission to possibly launch an aggregate bond ETF, the NuShares Enhanced Yield U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF. That E...

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  • As Fed Delays Hike, Muni Bond ETFs Hit Highs

    06-15-2016 05:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the Federal Reserve delaying its interest rate hike, municipal bond exchange traded funds maintained their momentum, with benchmark yields dipping to new lows. The iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) was slightly higher Wednesday, ending in the black f...

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  • A New Fixed-Income Momentum ETF Strategy

    06-03-2016 02:31 PM by Max Chen

    State Street Global Advisors has partnered up with Dorsey, Wright & Associates, a Nasdaq company, to launch a fixed-income exchange traded fund that implements a relative strength indexing methodology to focus on debt securities with strong forward momentum. To commemorate...

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  • Manage Volatility, Generate Income with Muni Bond ETFs

    06-01-2016 05:00 PM by Max Chen

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds may not be the most exciting investment, but they have been maintained their momentum in 2016, providing investors with steady and stable returns. Fixed-income investors should take a second look at municipal bonds as they begin to fall beh...

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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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  • Low Yields Haven't Deterred Muni Bond ETF Investors

    03-29-2016 03:47 PM by Max Chen

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds could continue to strengthen in the month ahead as supply falls off with muni debt sales set to decline and the amount of redemptions and maturing debt on the rise. Year-to-date, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) g...

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  • State Street to Reverse Split Two ETFs

    03-14-2016 10:22 AM by Jonathan Jones

    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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  • 50-Year Low Yields Aren't Scaring Off Muni ETF Investors

    02-17-2016 02:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal debt yields are back to a half-century low, but muni bond exchange traded fund investors have not been dissuaded by the prospect of ultra-low payouts. Yields for muni debt securities are back to their lowest level since 1965 as a rally in safe-haven assets bolstered ...

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  • Muni ETFs Time to Shine

    01-05-2016 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As people digest the changing Federal Reserve outlook, fixed-income investors may want to hold onto their municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded fund positions. "One area of the U.S. bond market that does merit attention is the municipal market," according to Russ Koe...

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  • Municipal Bond ETFs Could Continue to Outperform

    12-23-2015 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded funds have been outperforming Treasuries and could maintain their momentum ahead as more investors turn to the relatively stable and strong asset. "The audience for the asset class continues to expand with increasing interest fro...

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  • The Trickiness of ETF Diversification

    11-18-2015 01:30 PM by Gary Gordon

    According to Barry Ritholtz of Ritholtz Wealth Management, a frequent contributor to CNBC as well as Bloomberg, the beauty of diversification is that its about as close as you can get to a free lunch in investing. Since 2011, however, investors who diversified in stocks outside o...

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  • Bond ETF Strategy for a Rising Rate Environment

    11-12-2015 05:00 PM by Max Chen

    As the markets prepare for a rising interest rate environment, bond exchange traded fund investors may turn to more defensive strategies to prop up performance and mitigate rate risks. Charles Schwab strategists argue that fixed income will offer opportunities as the Federal R...

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  • The Unlikely Bond ETFs Winning 2015

    11-05-2015 05:00 PM by Max Chen

    Municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded funds may not be glamorous, but local debt securities are outperforming corporate bonds and giving many other assets a run for their money. For instance, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB), which has a 4....

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  • ETFs To Play While Inflation Is Flat

    10-13-2015 04:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the U.S. is stuck with an anemic inflation rate, investors can ride out a deflationary environment through certain assets and exchange traded funds. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total national rate of inflation was 0.2% in August, reports Jeff Cox for...

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  • Areas That Fixed-Income ETF Investors Should Keep An Eye On

    09-10-2015 03:46 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the elevated volatility as a result of slowing economic growth and uncertainty over the Federal Reserve rate hike, investors may still find value in some fixed-income assets and related exchange traded funds. For instance, Russ Koesterich, global chief investment strat...

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  • Muni Bond ETF Risks and Considerations

    07-13-2015 02:57 PM by Max Chen

    Municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds have been used as a relatively stable fixed-income stream. Nevertheless, investors should also be aware of the risks associated with the investment category. For starters, one should know how a state, county or other local gove...

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  • A Good Time to Look At Corporate, Muni Bond ETFs

    06-12-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the recent pullback in the fixed-income market, it may be a good time to dive back into investment-grade corporate and municipal bond-related exchange traded funds. Wells Fargos fixed income strategist Jim Kochan argued that bonds look attractive when they are paying ove...

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  • Municipal Bond ETFs Attractive After Sell-Off

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

    The recent selling in the fixed-income space may provide opportunities for investors to jump back into tax-exempt muncipal bond exchange traded funds. "The recent correction in rates and muni-to-Treasury ratios has re-introduced value in the market, and we expect both retail a...

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  • ETFs to Broaden Exposure Beyond the Aggregate Index

    05-15-2015 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    The benchmark Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index provides a blueprint for many fixed-income portfolios, but it does not include many popular debt investments. Nevertheless, there are a number of exchange traded fund options to help fill in the gaps. The iShares Core U.S. Aggre...

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  • Relaxed Bank Rules Could Lift Municipal Bond Securities, ETFs

    04-20-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Federal Reserve may soon allow U.S. banks to hold municipal bonds to meet liquidity rules, opening up more demand for municipal securities and potentially lifting munis-related exchange traded funds. After the fall off in March, munis have remained relatively flat for the ...

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  • Municipal Bond ETFs Post Best March Rally Since Financial Crisis

    03-30-2015 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The municipal bond market and munis-related exchange traded funds are experiencing their best March rally in seven years as investors shifted into the tax-favorable asset ahead of the April filing deadline. Ever since the March 6 low, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ET...

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  • Potential ETF Plays After The Fed Hikes Rates

    03-18-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With a lot of uncertainty over interest rates still shadowing the markets, exchange traded fund investors should prepare for multiple outcomes. Investors can plan for the three most probable outcomes of a Federal Reserve tightening, along with the possible ETF plays. For st...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs Look Attractive After Pullback

    03-17-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    After posting their first monthly decline in over a year, municipal bond exchange traded funds may offer a decent buying opportunity. In February, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) fell 1.0%, SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TFI) dec...

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  • New Issues, Rate Concerns Cause Muni ETFs to Tumble

    03-10-2015 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds are finally pulling back as a stronger U.S. economy pushed up interest rates and municipalities begin issuing more debt. Over the past month, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) fell 1.6%, SPDR Nuveen Barclays Munici...

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  • A High-Quality Muni Bond ETF

    02-13-2015 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fixed-income investors can utilize exchange traded funds to gain exposure to high-quality municipal bonds with relatively handsome tax-equivalent yields. For instance, the SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TFI), which has a 7.68 year duration, comes with a 1.7...

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  • Muni ETFs Are a Good Alternative in Low-Yield Environment

    02-05-2015 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After yields dipped lower this year, fixed-income investors may find better yield opportunities in municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield is hovering around 1.8% after touching its lowest since May 2013 in January. Meanwhile, in...

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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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  • ETFs for a Deflationary Period

    01-12-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As a closely watched gauge for inflation declined to a 14-year low, investors can adjust for a deflationary environment with certain assets and exchange traded funds. During deflationary periods, cash is king. If the U.S. dollar continues to strengthen against foreign currenci...

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  • Increased State Debt Issuance Could Pressure Muni ETFs

    01-06-2015 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The shrinking municipal bonds market helped munis-related exchange traded funds outperform in the fixed-income space in 2014. However, the favorable supply and demand dynamics may be about to change and begin holding back the munis market. Over the past year, the iShares Natio...

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  • Muni Bonds, ETFs Near Cheapest Level to Treasuries This Year

    12-16-2014 03:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    With volatility fueling demand for safe-haven assets, municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds are trading around their cheapest relative to Treasuries this year. For instance, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB), which has a 6.32 year duration...

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  • Muni ETFs Could Maintain Strength Going Into 2015

    12-03-2014 08:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    The stubbornly low interest rate environment has helped bond exchange traded funds some of the most attractive investments this year. However, with most areas of the fixed-income market fully priced, ETF investors may seek out opportunities in municipal and junk-rated debt. Fo...

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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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  • Rising Supply Could Pressure Muni Bond ETF Gains

    10-21-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fixed-income investors should moderate their municipal bond exchange traded fund outlook after an unprecedented nine consecutive months of gains pushed benchmark yields below two percent and states begin to increase financing on the cheap. Year-to-date, the iShares National AM...

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  • A Muni ETF That Targets High-Quality Debt

    08-07-2014 11:53 AM by Tom Lydon

    I do the ETF of the Week for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffes MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I highlighted the SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TFI). Municipal bonds are shakin...

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  • Muni ETFs Supported by Lowest New Issuance Since 2001

    08-01-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the Puerto Rico debt restructuring concerns, municipal bond exchange traded funds could still advance as new issuance falls to a 13 year low. Over the past month, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) and SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (N...

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  • Muni ETFs Look Cheap After Puerto Rico Induced Sell Off

    07-11-2014 01:49 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bonds, along with related exchange traded funds, are trading at their deepest discount to U.S. Treasuries in four months after another round of debt concerns over Puerto Rico's finances sparked a sell-off in muni funds. High-yield muni ETFs suffered the brunt of the ...

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  • Target Goldilocks Muni Duration with ETFs

    06-11-2014 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Fixed-income exchange traded fund investors have been hearing about the rate risk in long-term bonds, but now some are sounding the alarm on short-duration debt. "Last year, we were concerned primarily with reducing interest-rate risk by selling high grade (largely AAA and AA-...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs' Moment in the Limelight

    06-02-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the Detroit's bankruptcy hindered demand, municipal bonds, along with related exchange traded funds, are posting robust gains on huge inflows. Year-to-date, the iShares S&P National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) is up 6.3%, SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bon...

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  • Despite Detroit Scare, Municipal Bond ETF Credit Risk Remains Muted

    05-13-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Some investors remain wary about municipal bond exchange traded funds after the Detroit bankruptcy fiasco and weakness in Puerto Rico's finances. While defaults rates have picked up, they remain extremely infrequent, according to Moody's Investors Service. "Municipal bond defa...

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  • Bond ETF Strategies for a Rising Rate Environment

    04-30-2014 03:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    In anticipation of rising interest rates, bond exchange traded fund investors can consider a branching out across fixed-income classes to help diversify their portfolios. While rising rates are a negative for fixed-income assets, investors should not move entirely out of bonds...

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  • Tax-Exempt Muni ETFs Dodge Changes in Election Year

    12-31-2013 02:40 PM by Max Chen

    Political stalemate on Capitol Hill has frustrated the markets, but for municipal bond exchange traded funds, the bickering weakens any chance of a tax-code overhaul in tax-exempt munis. Morgan Stanley Wealth Managements John Dillon and Matt Posner, who follows federal policy ...

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  • Pension Reform Could Lift Muni ETFs

    12-12-2013 02:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds, once a favored destination for conservative, income-seeking investors, have come under pressure this year. Rising interest rates, which have adversely affected muni ETFs, are only part of the reason. The specter of massively under-funded p...

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  • Muni Bonds, ETFs Experience Heavy Outflows

    12-10-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds have experienced high redemptions this year, with the $3.7 trillion muni market set to shrink for a fourth straight year. The iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB), the largest muni ETF with a little over $3 billion in ass...

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  • Detroit Bankruptcy Casts Shadow Over Muni Bond ETFs

    12-09-2013 02:57 PM by Max Chen

    Last week, a judge declared bankrupt Detroit is eligible for protection from creditors, potentially leaving municipal bond holders in a lurch. However, muni exchange traded fund investors have another option available. On December third, Judge Steven Rhodes ruled that Detroit ...

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  • Advisors Like the New Spin on Muni Bond ETFs

    11-01-2013 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    There are more than 20 exchange traded funds offering investors exposure to municipal bonds, which at the end of the first quarter represented over $3.7 trillion, or 9.6%, of the total U.S. bond market. Many of the largest muni bond ETFs, such as the iShares S&P National A...

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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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  • Muni Bond ETFs Look Attractive Compared to Treasuries

    10-24-2013 02:35 PM by Tom Lydon

    After the U.S. shutdown scare, municipal bonds fell behind the rally in Treasuries. As a result, the widening yield ratio could now signal a buying opportunity for muni bond exchange traded funds. Municipalities saw an increase in borrowing, which drove local bonds to the chea...

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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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  • Municipal Bond ETFs Shift Gears in 2013

    02-28-2013 08:36 AM by Tom Lydon

    The municipal bond exchange traded fund market had a profitable year in 2012 due to low interest rates. However, circumstances are expected to change this year as automatic Federal spending cuts could start to trickle down after March 1. "The 'Fiscal Cliff' compromise answered...

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  • BlackRock Cautious on Muni Bond ETFs

    02-07-2013 07:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds have been performing quite well over the past few years as investors sought yield options beyond Treasuries. However, muni bond investors should expect lower returns in 2013, according to BlackRock (NYSE: BLK). Peter Hayes, BlackRock's head...

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  • Muni Bond ETF Outlook for 2013

    12-28-2012 03:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    The government is reportedly scrutinizing the tax-exempt status on municipal bonds as it heads into the "fiscal cliff." However, disregarding the favorable tax treatment, muni bonds and exchange traded funds are still attractive investments. Municipal bonds typically have high...

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  • Can Muni Bond ETFs Extend Streak in 2013?

    12-11-2012 07:01 AM by Tom Lydon

    The $3.7 trillion municipal bond market has been on a solid two year run with a 20% gain, according to Bof A Merrill Lynch data. Analysts at Morgan Stanley now predict that investors need to brace themselves for the first year of losses within this sector, including focused muni-...

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  • Is the Tax-Exempt Status of Muni Bond ETFs in Jeopardy?

    12-05-2012 06:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds have enticed investors with their tax-exempt status on the income they provide. Now with the so-called fiscal cliff threatening broad tax hikes, some speculate that munis could lose their favorable tax treatment. However, it's unl...

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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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  • Will New SEC Chief Walter Derail Muni Bond ETF Rally?

    11-27-2012 02:42 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds have enjoyed a solid uptrend since the beginning of 2011 despite a brief hiccup due to Meredith Whitney's doomsday default prediction that didn't play out. Now muni ETFs are at multiyear highs with expectations taxes will rise next year pro...

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  • Best Muni Bond ETFs for Yield

    11-25-2012 06:13 AM by Tom Lydon

    In the ongoing search for yield, some have branched out to high-yield municipal bond exchange traded funds, but investors will need to consider specific risks associated with the muni market. Investors funneled $43 billion into muni bond funds, with $10 billion going into high...

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  • ETFs for the Fiscal Cliff: Dividends, Consumer Staples and Munis

    11-24-2012 06:08 AM by Tom Lydon

    The fiscal cliff is about one month from materializing and investors are setting up defense for their portfolios. Should the tax increases and spending cuts come to fruition, the best way to save capital is to have it parked where it will be safe. Certain sector exchange traded f...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Why a Muni Bond ETF Tumbled This Week

    02-24-2012 01:09 PM by John Spence

    The largest exchange traded fund tracking municipal bonds is down nearly 3% the past two days after analysts pointed out the ETF was trading at a significant premium to its net asset value. The $2.8 billion iShares S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond Fund (NYSEArca: MUB) ...

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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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  • Could Super Downgrades Hit Muni Bond ETFs?

    01-31-2012 08:46 AM by John Spence

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds racked up impressive returns in 2011 but there are worries the fixed-income funds could take a hit this year on downgrades as rating agencies revamp their methodologies. Muni bonds may see super downgrades of two or more notches that could ...

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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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  • 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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  • Muni Bond ETFs Shake Off Harrisburg Bankruptcy Filing

    10-12-2011 03:36 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds gained ground Wednesday after Harrisburg, Pa., filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy as experts said the debt represents a tiny portion of the $3 trillion muni bond market, according to reports. The iShares S&P National AMT-Free Municipal Bond...

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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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  • Muni Bond ETFs Trading In Choppy Water

    01-28-2011 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The municipal bond exchange traded fund (ETF) market experienced a fair amount of turbulence on the heels of the Fed's quantitative easing. Still, ratings firms believe that most municipalities will pull through. Municipal bond-related investments have experienced high volatil...

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  • Despite Meltdown, Some Still Bullish on Muni ETFs

    12-30-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Municipal bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been whacked hard in a sell-off that sent them tumbling below their 200-day averages. Despite all that, some say now is the time to buy. Investors are scared right now, and those who are the most frightened are selling their mun...

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  • Muni Bond ETFs: The Diversified Option

    10-05-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As more states and localities seek income, municipal bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have becoming increasingly popular. Recent information, however, underscores the need for more due diligence when it comes to investing in the bonds. Disclosure is often substandard and info...

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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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  • 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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  • What You Need to Know About Bonds and ETFs

    07-29-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Diversification is one element of a sound portfolio. While stocks are an important component, bonds and their related exchange traded funds (ETFs) offer their own set of benefits, as well. AXA Equitable defines a bond as an IOU for money loaned by an investor to the bond's is...

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  • Which Sectors, ETFs Do Investment Gurus Favor?

    02-06-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    While many amateurs try to find their lucrative shares of the market, they may be left pondering which sectors and exchange traded funds (ETFs) the experts are putting their money into. In a capricious market, investment gurus usually provide sage advice and tell the investor ...

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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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  • Muni Bond ETFs Have Trials in Their First Year

    11-22-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Low-fee mechanisms in tax-exempt municipal debt, liquidity and transparency. What more could one ask for in an exchange traded fund (ETF)? In the first year of their existence, ETFs with the primary goal of coupling price with the underlying muni index experienced the illiquid...

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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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