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iShares Barclays 20 Year Treasury Bond Fund ETFFund

 

117.14

  • Change 1.16 (1.0%)
  • Volume 2.04 M

9:55 AM EDT Oct 1, 2014
U.S. Markets are open

  • Assets $2,411.7M
  • Expense Ratio 0.15%
  • Yield 2.78%
  • Vs 50 Day EMA %
  • Vs 200 Day EMA %

Fixed Income ETF

iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF is an exchange-traded fund incorporated in the USA. The ETF seeks to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. Treasury bonds with remaining maturities greater than twenty years.

Performance
TODAY 1 DAY 5 DAY 10 DAY 1 MO 3 MO 6 MO 1 YR 2 YR 5 YR
1.0% -0.6% 0.7% 2.8% -1.9% 3.5% 7.7% 12.5% -1.2% 0.0
Last Close Volume
AVG VOL (10 D) CHANGE
8,423,940 -23.7%
Trend on Last Close
  Price EMA EMA P DATE CROSSED
50 DAY 116.27 115.13 1.0% 09-25-2014
200 DAY 116.27 112.28 3.6% 04-04-2014
Technical
ALPHA BETA R2 STD DEV
0.0142 -0.664 0.423 0.041
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  • Low Inflation, European Rates Help Treasury ETFs Rebound

    09-21-2014 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Long-term Treasury bond exchange traded funds are finally turning around as the weaker outlook on inflation and global growth help bring investors back. The Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (NYSEArca: EDV) was up 7.8% Friday while the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF ...

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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 ...

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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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  • Treasury ETFs Post Best Monthly Gain Since January

    09-02-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury bonds and related exchange traded funds advanced on their largest monthly gain since January on greater European interest after investors pushed down yields in Eurozone debt securities. Over the past month, the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF), whic...

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  • Treasury ETFs Find Support As Investors Hedge Risk

    08-21-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite concerns about rising interest rates ahead and equities rallying to new highs, Treasury bond exchange traded funds are still experiencing strong demand for safety. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) has jumped 16.1% year-to-date, outperforming the e...

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  • Treasury ETFs Surge as Investors Hedge Ukraine Risks

    08-15-2014 01:29 PM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury bond exchange traded funds jumped on safe-haven demand Friday after lackluster economic data fueled bets that the Federal Reserve would hold off rate changes and on reports that Ukraine attacked the Russian armored convoy, raising fears of retaliation. The Vanguard Ex...

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  • Interest Rate Expectations Spook Short-Term Treasury ETFs

    07-17-2014 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    In anticipation of potential changes to the Federal Reserve's monetary policy, investors are shifting out of their short-term Treasury allocations and are moving over to longer-dated securities. "People are prepared for eventual tightening monetary policy from the Fed," Mary A...

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  • Alluring Bond ETFs

    06-10-2014 09:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Fixed income exchange traded funds are not the biggest slice of the exchange traded funds universe, but even with U.S. equities solid through much of 2014, bond funds have been prolific asset gatherers. "While fixed-income exchange-traded products make up just 15% of industry'...

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  • Treasury ETFs Keep Shining

    05-28-2014 01:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury bond exchange traded funds are rallying for the third day as benchmark yields hit a 10-month low and Treasuries head toward their fifth month of gains. The iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) rose 0.5% Wednesday while the later-dated iShares 20+ Year T...

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  • Most Searched ETFs: Big Boys Rule

    05-24-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    This week's collection of the most searched exchange traded funds on ETF Trends is decidedly biased toward some of the largest, most well-known ETFs on the market. Few of this week's most searched ETFs can accurately be described as obscure, overlooked or small. The few that c...

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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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  • Most Searched ETFs: Changes at the Top

    05-17-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    Our weekly looks at the most searched exchange traded funds are usually an entertaining, instructive exercise. Still, even we will admit that the dominance of Russia ETFs among the most searched international funds was getting a little too predictable. Seeing a Russia ETF, or ...

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  • Inverse Bond ETFs: 2014’s 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 Thursday's loss of nearly 2% at this writing and 10-year yields are lower by almost 17% in 2014. That has not been ...

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  • Treasury ETFs Strengthen on Growth Uncertainty, Short-Covering

    05-14-2014 03:51 PM by Max Chen

    With the Eurozone preparing its monetary repertoire to stave off a deflationary environment, the markets turned risk-off Wednesday on the economic uncertainty, pushing up Treasury bond exchange traded fund prices and pulling down benchmark 10-year yields to six-month lows. The...

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  • Sluggish Bond Auction Puts Pressure on Long-Term Treasury ETFs

    05-09-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With a tepid response to the latest U.S. Treasury auction on long-term debt, Treasuries exchange traded funds began to pullback late Thursday, foreshadowing the potentially changing sentiment in the fixed-income market. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) re...

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  • ETFs to Watch as Ukraine, Russia Tensions Escalate

    05-02-2014 03:40 PM by Max Chen

    Without a resolution to the escalating geopolitical tension between Ukraine and Russia, exchange traded fund investors should keep a close eye on a couple of asset classes to help minimize or even profit from the increased volatility. According to analysis on funds in a theore...

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  • Renewed Demand for Treasuries Props Up Bond ETFs

    04-28-2014 03:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. banks are hoarding Treasuries in response to new liquidity rules, bolstering Treasury bonds and related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the iShares 3-7 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEI) rose 1.0%, iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) gained 3.4% a...

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  • Multi-Asset Menagerie With These ETFs

    04-28-2014 07:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    What a difference a year makes. Last year's "tantrum" resulting from the specter of tapering of its quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve was a drag on multiple corners of the exchange traded products universe, including multi-asset ETFs. At the height of the Federal Rese...

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  • New iShares ETF Offers Income, Broad Bond Exposure

    04-25-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    In a low interest rate environment, bond investors often face some unattractive choices: Take on higher credit risk or deal with the lower yields on higher grade bonds. The new iShares Yield Optimized Bond ETF (NYSEArca: BYLD) aims to solve that conundrum. BYLD uses a fund of ...

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  • Global Tensions, Faltering U.S. Stocks Boost Safe-Haven Treasury ETFs

    04-15-2014 01:38 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the political tension in Ukraine intensifies and U.S. stocks decline, investors are jumping back to Treasury bonds and related exchange traded funds, pushing down 30-year Treasury yields to a 9-month low in the search for safety. The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSE...

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  • Changing Strategies with Equity and Fixed-Income ETFs

    04-01-2014 02:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded fund investors have to adapt to a dynamic market. Currently, we are seeing a shift in sector and style rotation within the equities market and vulnerability in short- and medium-term Treasuries. In the equities space, some of last year's outperformers are begin...

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  • Long-Term Bond ETFs Outperforming Stocks in 2014

    03-24-2014 02:01 PM by Max Chen

    Bond exchange traded funds are outperforming equities as risk-off sentiment permeates U.S. financial markets. The iShares Core Total U.S. Bond Market ETF (NYSEArca: AGG), which tracks the broad U.S. investment-grade bond market, including government, corporate and mortgage pas...

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  • Bond ETFs Help Investors Navigate Changing Market Tides

    03-03-2014 05:55 PM by Tom Lydon

    Fixed-income assets are making a comeback as investors turn to safer, more conservative plays in response to rising volatility in the equities market. Specifically, more people are turning to fixed-income exchange traded funds as their go-to investment vehicle. During times of...

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  • Safe-Haven ETFs for Times of Turmoil

    03-03-2014 01:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    As global equities reel on escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine, investors have dumped riskier securities, turning to safer assets and exchange traded funds to ride out the choppy waters. During times of global turmoil, investors seek out safe-haven assets like the J...

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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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  • Leveraged ETFs Gain Popularity in Trending Markets

    02-12-2014 02:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    Leveraged exchange traded funds are finding their way into long-term, strategic investment portfolios. Investors may enjoy augmented returns in the right conditions, but there are risks in holding these products when the stars don't align. ETFs with a leveraged component typic...

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  • This Week’s Most Searched ETFs: Commodities Reign

    02-08-2014 08:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    The S&P 500 closed the week in strong form, helping U.S. equities to the first weekly rise in four despite a less-than-impressive January jobs report. For the week, the three major U.S. indices all posted gains of at least 0.5%. Despite the gains for equities, commodities ...

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  • Hedging Risk with Safe-Haven, Treasury Bond ETFs

    02-07-2014 03:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury bond exchange traded funds have been some of the most popular investments over the past week as investors turn to safer assets to hedge against the current bout of volatility. Specifically, the iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: SHY) was the most popular ET...

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  • Multi-Asset ETFs Get Some Rate Relief

    02-05-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    At the height of the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing spectacle and when little thought was given to rising Treasury yields, income investors were smitten by multi-asset exchange traded funds. Under one wrapper, dividend seekers could almost have it all with multi-asset E...

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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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  • Bond ETFs See Best Start Since '08

    02-02-2014 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Shunned in 2013 as equities rallied, fixed-income assets and bond exchange traded funds have made a comeback so far this year, posting some of the best returns since the 2008 financial crisis. Investors dumped fixed-income in favor of equities over the past year as Fed taperin...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Bond Bash

    01-30-2014 11:30 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Even though bonds have staged an impressive rally throughout January of this year, with benchmark ETFs such as TLT (iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond, Expense Ratio 0.15%), which had a $101 handle in late 2013 trading as high as $108.15 yesterday, we continue to see evidenc...

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  • BlackRock: Conditional Love for Bonds

    01-29-2014 07:00 AM by iShares

    About a month ago, I wrote a post advising investors to rethink their approach to traditional bonds in 2014. With the New Year now underway, it's a good time to take a deeper dive into fixed income markets to consider where (and how) to find opportunities. As I've done for...

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  • Strengthening U.S. Treasury ETFs Wait on Fed

    01-28-2014 02:32 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. Treasury exchange traded funds have been strengthening over the past month on weakness in equities and a recent bout of global volatility, despite a $10 billion taper announced by the Federal Reserve in December. However, Treasuries are taking a break ahead of the next Fed m...

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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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  • Treasury ETF Bull Roars Back

    11-05-2013 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. Treasuries tumbled earlier this year after the market predicted an imminent change to Federal Reserve policy. However, investors are taking a second look at bond exchange traded funds as economic strength falters and Fed tapering is pushed to the back burner. "The idea th...

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  • Bond ETFs Breaking Out

    10-22-2013 03:12 PM by Tom Lydon

    Ten-year U.S. Treasury yields have surged over 39%, but a different tune has been sung over the past few days. Yields on ten-years have slid 8.2% as investors see a more sanguine outlook for bonds, predictably benefiting some of the largest bond ETFs in the process. The iShare...

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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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  • Active Junk Bond ETF Sports 8% Yield

    08-28-2013 01:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    An actively managed high-yield, speculative grade bond exchange traded fund has held up remarkably well as interest rates rise. Bond investors should keep in mind that in a rising interest rate environment, various fixed-income assets will react differently. The AdvisorShares ...

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  • Treasury Bond ETFs Take a Beating in Rising Rate Environment

    08-22-2013 12:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    I do the "ETF of the Week" for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe's MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments within the exchange traded fund market. This week, I focused on the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT). Bond prices and yi...

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  • Specialized Bond ETF Thriving as Rates Rise

    08-19-2013 03:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    Fixed-income ETFs are getting hammered across the board as interest rates rise and speculation heats up that the Federal Reserve will taper its purchases of Treasuries and mortgages. However, one specialized bond ETF is rallying as long-term interest rates rise faster than sho...

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  • How to Use Currency ETFs

    08-05-2013 05:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Trading currencies may seem like a complex dance around macroeconomic conditions and monetary policies, but currency exchange traded funds can help generate profits and hedge against global swings. Jim Lowell for MarketWatch believes that currencies provide investors with a gl...

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  • Broad Equities, Stock ETFs Experience Record Week

    08-02-2013 02:23 PM by Tom Lydon

    Broad market equities and stock exchange traded funds stumbled around in sideways trading at the start of the week but jumped as a combination of economic strength and accommodative central bank policies pushed the Dow and S&P 500 to all-time highs. The S&P 500 gained ...

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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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  • Bond ETFs: Measuring the Impact of Higher Interest Rates

    07-25-2013 02:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Many fixed-income ETFs have taken a hit on rising interest rates, especially funds tracking bonds with longer durations. However, many investors might not be aware of the damage in bond funds, and how much more they could lose if rates rise further. Allan Sloan for CNNMoney po...

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  • Treasury ETFs Rebound on Bernanke, Lower Yields

    07-12-2013 02:31 PM by Tom Lydon

    Fed chief Ben Bernanke helped take some of the pressure off Treasury bond ETFs this week with comments the central bank will keep interest rates near zero even if the job market improves. It remains to be seen, however, whether this is just a temporary break as yields cooled a bi...

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  • Investment-Grade Corporate ETFs Caught Up in Bond Sell-Off

    06-26-2013 02:27 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investment-grade bond exchange traded funds have experienced a pullback as investors anticipate Fed "tapering" and rising rising rates, but this may only be the beginning. "Interest rates simply rose too fast, and for now we think the rotation out of bond funds will contribute...

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  • Investors Selling Bond ETFs as Rates Rise

    06-24-2013 04:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury yields have been rising sharply since the end of April, and some of the ETFs with the heaviest redemptions are bond funds. In particular, investors are selling fixed-income ETFs tied to Treasury Inflation Protected Securities and corporate bonds, both investment grade an...

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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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  • Multi-Asset ETFs Yielding Over 5%

    06-11-2013 07:02 AM by Tom Lydon

    When it comes to income, traders can browse through fixed-income and equity assets. Exchange traded fund investors, though, can hold an all-encompassing, multi-asset that covers multiple income producing investments. The Guggenheim Multi-Asset Income ETF (NYSEArca: CVY) tracks...

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  • Market Volatility Lifts Treasury Bond ETFs on Growth Concerns

    04-20-2013 07:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Sovereign debt markets rallied across the globe on new concerns over lowered prospects of future growth rates this past week. Long-term Treasury bond exchange traded funds such as the iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) are back in focus as investors take ...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: PIMCO Total Return

    04-18-2013 12:49 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Trading at a fresh all-time high since inception this morning is BOND (PIMCO Total Return ETF, Expense Ratio 0.55%), which has made a ton of noise in the ETF world in quickly raising $4.9 billion in assets under management since its March 2012 inception. The ETF follows an act...

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  • Some ETFs for Rising Interest Rates

    02-19-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors with exposure to traditional Treasuries will take a beating if bond prices begin to dip off their three decade long run and yields start to rise. Nevertheless, there are exchange traded fund options to help cope with the shifting tides. Jason Schenker, president of P...

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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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  • 2012 was the Year of the Bond ETF

    12-26-2012 09:20 AM by Tom Lydon

    Bond ETFs led all asset classes in terms of inflows this year but there are worries investors who have piled into fixed-income funds could get hurt if interest rates finally start rising in 2013. Taxable bond ETFs listed in the U.S. gathered $48 billion year to date through No...

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  • Defensive ETFs to Shield Against the Fiscal Cliff

    12-14-2012 04:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The economy and markets are humming along, but potential risks still loom, namely the so-called fiscal cliff. For the more pessimistic investors, it could be time to look over some defensive exchange traded fund options. While Mohamed El-Erian, chief executive officer at Pacif...

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  • Safe-Haven ETFs Ahead of the Fiscal Cliff

    11-14-2012 01:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. fiscal cliff is worrying investors as they try to best navigate the markets and exchange traded funds before hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases and spending cuts. If Capitol Hill does not come to a consensus on the fiscal cliff, over $600 billion in tax ...

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  • ETFs to Track Market Sentiment

    08-05-2012 06:29 AM by Tom Lydon

    In the current volatile market, investors can monitor certain ETFs to get a feel for market sentiment and appetite for risk. "The U.S. stock market continues to toy with investor's emotions, oscillating between rising, stalling, and falling on a seemingly weekly basis," Joel W...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Dividends

    07-27-2012 10:54 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    The past week in terms of net inflow/outflow activity in ETFs has been marked mostly with heavier redemption activity from broad based ETFs including SPDR S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY), iShares Russell 2000 (NYSEArca: IWM) and PowerShares QQQ (NasdaqGM: QQQ). Collectively, the thre...

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  • Safe-Haven Investments Lift Treasury ETFs

    07-23-2012 01:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    As another round of Eurozone contagion scared investors away from the equities market, U.S. Treasuries, along with related exchange traded funds, attracted heavy safe-haven interest, with benchmark yields hitting record lows. The iShares Barclays 7-10 Year Treasury Fund (NYSEA...

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  • Trend Following: S&P 500 ETFs Battle 50-Day Average

    07-09-2012 03:42 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    ETFs indexed to the S&P 500 are trading above the 50-day exponential moving average despite weakness in recent sessions. Also, the technical indicator is turning upward which is a potentially bullish sign for U.S. equities. Closing at 1354.68 last week, the SPX managed to ...

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  • Some ETF Picks and Pans

    06-27-2012 01:09 PM by John Spence

    This week I appeared on Chuck Jaffe's MoneyLife Show to discuss the ETF industry and some thoughts on individual funds. Click here to listen to the podcast. ETFs that I discussed with my former MarketWatch colleague included iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund ETF ...

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  • Are Treasury Bond ETFs Bubblicious?

    06-26-2012 03:31 PM by John Spence

    Talk of a bubble in U.S. Treasury bonds simply won't die. For example, a top story making the rounds online Tuesday was an article at The Street penned by Jeff Nielson wondering how Treasury bond prices can be so high when there is so much supply. His theory is that Federal Re...

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  • Multi-Asset ETFs For the Long Term

    06-20-2012 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Multi-asset exchange traded funds are a new way to play the income focused theme in this current low interest rate environment. These funds cover the gamut from select asset classes and high-yield bond investments, and can fill out a long term strategy. "These funds could be a...

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

    06-13-2012 05:00 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    One of the more interesting charts over the past week is that of iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TLT), as investors will note the product running to a new all-time high just eight trading sessions ago, only to reverse almost 4.5% to current levels. Trading v...

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  • Are Treasury ETFs Risk-Free?

    05-31-2012 03:44 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds indexed to U.S. Treasury bonds are among the top performers in May on the risk-off trade and Europe's debt woes. Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (NYSEArca: EDV) is up 14.7% for the month of May. Meanwhile, yields on the 10-year note have crater...

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  • Treasury ETFs Hit All-Time Highs in Stock Rout

    05-30-2012 09:57 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds indexed to U.S. Treasury bonds reached fresh all-time highs on Wednesday as the Dow shed more than 100 points on the worsening Eurozone debt crisis. Yields on the 10-year note dropped to 1.65%, a new record low. Bond prices and yields move in opposite dir...

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  • Treasury Bond ETFs: How Much Lower Can Rates Fall?

    05-29-2012 01:21 PM by John Spence

    The relentless slide in Treasury yields the past three months has been profitable for bond exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. government debt. Treasury ETFs have performed well on deflation fears and the safe-haven trade as global markets brace for the second Greek elec...

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  • Treasury ETF Rally Threatens Stocks

    05-22-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Recent strength in exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasuries doesn't bode well for stocks and shows investors worried about deflation are moving into safe havens. The U.S. government sold debt at a record-low yield last week, as buyers accepted a negative payment fo...

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  • Treasury ETFs: TLT Nears All-Time High as Yields Plunge

    05-18-2012 02:56 PM by John Spence

    The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: TLT) is on track for a gain of 4% this week as the U.S. government debt ETF surges close to its all-time high. Treasury yields fell sharply this week and bond prices rose as the European debt crisis returned again to ...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Inflation Protection

    05-18-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on IQ Real Return ETF (NYSEArca: CPI), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $28.6 million. Objective: The IQ Real Return ETF tries to reflect the performance of the IQ Real Return Index, which tries to provide a hedge against U.S. inflation rate by generating "r...

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  • Best ETFs for Dividends and Income

    05-15-2012 11:48 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are starved for income. Exchange traded funds tracking both stocks and bonds can offer diversified exposure to market sectors with decent yields in a low-rate environment. ETFs are an effective tool to capture yield in a portfolio, due to the lower expense ratios, wh...

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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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  • Sector Bond ETFs Provide Specialized Exposure

    05-10-2012 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    After the high volatility witnessed in the aftermath of the financial downturn and, again, in the summer last year, advisors and investors are looking for more ways to manage risk. Consequently, bond exchange traded funds have garnered a huge following, and now fund providers are...

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  • What to Make of Treasury ETF Strength

    05-02-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The S&P 500 is back over 1,400 but recent strength in U.S. Treasury bonds has some questioning the stock rally. For example, yields on the 10-year Treasury note declined to nearly 1.9% earlier this week. Treasury ETFs have rebounded despite growing calls the multi-decade r...

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  • How Rising Rates Could Impact Stock ETFs

    04-20-2012 07:00 AM by John Spence

    Investors are probably tired of hearing warnings that bond exchange traded funds could get dinged by rising interest rates. Higher bond yields will have a significant effect on stock ETFs as well. "While a disappointing employment report tempered fears of an imminent bond mark...

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  • ETF Data: Outflows on Market Weakness

    04-18-2012 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    After another Eurozone and global slowdown scare last week, equities markets and stock exchange traded funds experienced outflows as investors turned to less risky assets. In the week ended April 13, the markets recorded their third negative week in the last four weeks, accord...

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  • ETF Providers Compete for Assets with New Funds

    04-18-2012 11:42 AM by Tom Lydon

    As investors trickle back into the stock market this year, the race is on for exchange traded fund providers to attract assets. Many providers are launching new ETFs that track the hot spots of today's market. A provider that is taking the lead in the current race for investor...

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  • ETF Spotlight: High-Yield Bonds

    04-11-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Mirroring the slump in the equities market, high-yield or "junk" bond exchange traded funds have been dipping into what some call oversold territory on the latest round of risk-off sentiment. The iShares iBoxx High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) and the SPDR Barclays...

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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, it's 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 f...

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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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  • Treasury ETFs Suffer Worst Loss Since 2010

    04-03-2012 09:34 AM by John Spence

    Treasury ETFs during the first three months of the year absorbed their biggest loss since the fourth quarter of 2010, but most traders are predicting a rebound for the rest of 2012. "After rising to as high as 2.4% last month from 1.88%at the end of 2011, the yield on the benc...

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  • Special Report: Navigating Higher Rates with Bond ETFs

    03-30-2012 02:02 PM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury yields have been steadily declining over the past 30 years. Over the next 12 to 24 months, however, yields could begin to rise and investors are about to experience an investment environment that their parents and grandparents can only relate to. After dropping to his...

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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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  • The Contrarian: Treasury Bond ETFs

    03-22-2012 06:00 AM by John Spence

    Many investors are talking about the recent jump in bond yields and how U.S. Treasury ETFs are set to be toasted by an improving economy and rising inflation. However, one technical analyst spies an opportunity for short-term traders to go against the crowd with a long positio...

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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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  • Rising Yields Punish Treasury ETFs

    03-14-2012 12:08 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking long-term U.S. Treasury bonds are down more than 3% so far this week amid a short-term spike in yields. Yields on the 30-year bond are shooting higher in the wake of the Federal Reserve statement Tuesday. Analysts have blamed the move on risin...

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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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  • What Rising Treasury Yields Mean for Bond ETF Investors

    02-09-2012 09:46 AM by John Spence

    Rising U.S. Treasury yields have pushed government bond exchange traded funds lower so far in February on hopes Greek will seal a second financial bailout and ease tensions over the Eurozone debt crisis. A spike in yields would punish nervous investors who have piled into the ...

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  • Stock, Treasury ETFs Send Mixed Messages on Economy

    01-31-2012 09:27 AM by John Spence

    U.S. Treasury exchange traded funds are rallying on European debt fears as five-year yields drop to record lows. Stock ETFs, however, are broadcasting a more optimistic outlook. So who is telling the truth -- equity or Treasury ETFs? The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury (TLT...

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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 Obama's State of the Union address. For example, iShares Ba...

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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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  • Treasury ETFs Stumble Into 2012

    01-03-2012 02:51 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. Treasury exchange traded funds, last year's hottest ETF investment, tumbled on the first trading session of 2012 as bond prices pulled back and yields on the 10-year note climbed toward 2%. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: TLT) dropped nearly 2%...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Leveraged U.S. Treasury Funds

    12-30-2011 09:51 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Heading into the final trading day of 2011, we embrace a simple theme today for the ETF Chart of The Day, that being the best performer from an absolute return standpoint for the year. We have included all ETFs and ETNs, including leveraged and inverse investments, and LBND (P...

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  • Treasury ETF Rally Points to Safety Trade, Deflation Worries

    12-19-2011 08:45 AM by John Spence

    The recent advance in exchange traded funds indexed to long-term U.S. Treasury bonds is a bad sign for equity investors looking for a Santa Claus rally to end 2011. The $3.4 billion iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: TLT) gained nearly 5% last week. Yields...

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  • The Technical Picture in Stock, Treasury ETFs

    12-08-2011 05:08 PM by John Spence

    The 200-day simple moving average is turning out to be a tough hurdle for exchange traded funds indexed to the S&P 500. The iShares S&P 500 (NYSEArca: IVV) slammed into resistance again Thursday at the key technical level in a volatile market driven by reports out of E...

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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 Monday's stock rally, there was "reasonably heavy call volume" in options on ProShares UltraShort Barclays 20+ Year Treasu...

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  • Deficit Gridlock, Europe Woes Push Treasury ETFs Higher

    11-21-2011 08:35 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. Treasury bond exchange traded funds rose Monday while stocks weakened on reports the congressional "supercommittee" has been unable to put a deal together on reducing the U.S. deficit before a key deadline. Europe's lingering debt crisis is also pushing Treasury ETFs high...

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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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  • Treasury ETFs and the Supercommittee Deadline

    11-14-2011 11:54 AM by Tom Lydon

    The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TLT) was up 1.3% on Monday after the Federal Reserve bought Treasuries and on lingering worries surrounding Eurozone debt. Treasury 30-year bonds rose for the first time in three days after the Fed purchased about $2.54 bi...

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  • Treasury ETFs Lower on Improved Risk Appetite

    11-11-2011 03:32 PM by Tom Lydon

    Investors often watch exchange traded funds following the U.S. dollar and CBOE Volatility Index futures to get a sense for whether markets are in a risk-on or risk-off mood. U.S. Treasury bond ETFs can also provide clues on the market's level of risk aversion and Europe-relate...

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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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  • ETFs Start Week in Risk-Off Mood

    10-31-2011 09:20 AM by John Spence

    Stock exchange traded funds were down to open the week lower on lingering worries over the Eurozone debt crisis and how exactly an expansion of the European Financial Stability Facility will be funded. Italian and Spanish bonds were lower, while China indicated it can't be exp...

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  • Risk-On Rally Sends Treasury ETFs Into Tailspin

    10-27-2011 04:34 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasuries fell sharply in Thursday's "risk-on" rally as equities and yields soared on relief over the Eurozone debt deal. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TLT) lost a hefty 3.4% on Thursday, a huge move for an ET...

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  • What are ETFs? -- Diversified Bond Funds

    10-20-2011 11:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors looking for safety from volatile equity markets have piled into bond exchange traded funds. Taxable-bond ETFs have seen net inflows of nearly $28 billion year to date, according to Morningstar data through September. This is the biggest ETF intake for any asset class...

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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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  • Long-Term Treasury ETF Rises After 7-Day Losing Streak

    10-13-2011 12:03 PM by John Spence

    A closely watched exchange traded fund indexed to long-term U.S. Treasury bonds rose 1% on Thursday as the ETF tried to reverse a string of seven consecutive down days. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TLT) was trading around $115.50 a share on Thursday a...

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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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  • Treasury ETFs Tumble While Bond Market Closed

    10-10-2011 11:43 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasuries were sharply lower Monday even though the bond markets were closed due to the Columbus Day holiday. The dramatic move to the downside in Treasury funds was a reminder that ETFs often trade while their underlying markets are ...

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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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  • Major Asset Class ETFs See Big Moves as Volatility Persists

    09-27-2011 11:28 AM by Tom Lydon

    Buckle up, exchange traded fund investors. ETFs following various asset classes were seeing huge moves Tuesday as global stocks rallied on hopes Eurozone leaders will take additional steps to deal with the debt crisis. U.S. equities were rising after the Senate reached a deal ...

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  • Treasury Bond ETFs Slip on Speculation of G-20 Action in Europe

    09-23-2011 02:57 PM by Tom Lydon

    Speculation that the Group of 20 will step in to stop the European debt crisis from deteriorating caused Treasury bond exchange traded funds to lose momentum on Friday as cautiously optimistic investors returned to riskier assets. iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEA...

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  • Investors Find Refuge In U.S. Dollar, Treasury ETFs

    09-22-2011 01:37 PM by Tom Lydon

    The uncertain global outlook and the heavy blow to global stocks on Thursday pushed investors to the relative safety of U.S. dollar and Treasury exchange traded funds (ETFs). Powershares DB US Dollar Bullish Fund (NYSEArca: UUP) was up 1.00% at last check; the fund has recentl...

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  • Long-Term Treasury ETFs Jump On Fed's $400 Billion Move

    09-21-2011 03:54 PM by Tom Lydon

    Long-term U.S. Treasury exchange traded funds (ETFs) vaulted higher, following the Federal Reserves' decision to focus on Treasuries with longer-dated maturities. iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TLT) was up 3.26% in afternoon trading. The fund has a 12-month...

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  • ETFs Primed for Big Moves as Fed Meets

    09-19-2011 02:11 PM by John Spence

    Stock exchange traded funds were deep in the red Monday and could see more big swings this week as the Federal Reserve meets and investors look for further easing from the central bank. Expectations of some type of policy announcement on Wednesday have been running high since ...

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  • Stock ETFs Tumble on Greek Debt Fears

    09-12-2011 08:10 AM by John Spence

    European stock exchange traded funds were set for an ugly open in the U.S. on Monday as single-country indexes in the region were suffering declines of 3%. Worries over Greece's financial condition and the Eurozone debt crisis rippled through global markets. France's CAC 40 de...

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  • ETFs in ‘Risk-Off’ Mode After Labor Day Weekend

    09-06-2011 08:21 AM by John Spence

    U.S. stock exchange traded funds were primed for steep losses Tuesday as traders returned from the long holiday weekend to find global markets in a "risk-off" mindset. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was down 2.4% in premarket trading. Dow futures were off more than 200 p...

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  • Weekly Wrap: S&P 500 ETF Sees Inflows, Investors Exit Bonds

    09-03-2011 12:08 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Overall volumes in exchange traded funds this week were slightly below average, which the bears would point to as an indicator that the early week run-up would eventually run out of steam and revert lower. In fact, this did occur after an early morning rise on Thursday and we fin...

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  • Safe-Haven ETFs Jump as 10-Year Yield Hits 2%

    09-02-2011 04:41 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in safe havens such as U.S. Treasury bonds rallied Friday after the dismal August nonfarm payrolls report that showed job growth stalled last month. Yields on the 10-year note briefly fell below 2% as investors flocked to U.S. government bonds...

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  • Global Stock ETFs Knocked Lower by Weak Employment Report

    09-02-2011 09:21 AM by John Spence

    Stock exchange traded funds were set for a sharply lower open in the U.S. on Friday after the government said the economy didn't create any net job growth in August. SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) fell nearly 2% in premarket action Friday while Dow futur...

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

    08-29-2011 10:54 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Last week we saw increased trading volume and subsequent redemption activity in two notable fixed-income exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasury bonds. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TLT) and iShares Barclays TIPS Bond (NYSEArca: TIP), which ...

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  • Treasury ETFs Fall After Durable Goods Orders

    08-24-2011 02:11 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasury bonds were under pressure Wednesday as yields rose after a surprisingly upbeat report on July durable goods orders. The iShares Barclays 20+ Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TLT) was down 2% after the Commerce Department said durable ...

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  • Will Bernanke's Jackson Hole Speech Save Stock ETFs?

    08-19-2011 04:49 PM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds have suffered four straight losing weeks in the current tailspin. Markets are shaky again this year as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke prepares to deliver his speech at the Kansas City Fed Symposium at Jackson Hole. Last year, stocks embarked ...

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  • Treasury ETFs Jump as 10-Year Yields Fall Below 2%

    08-18-2011 11:12 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasuries rallied Thursday amid the global flight to safety that briefly pushed 10-year note yields below 2% for the first time ever. Investors were buying U.S. government bonds as markets were roiled by fears the global economy is in...

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  • Stock ETFs Rattled by Global Growth Concerns, European Debt

    08-18-2011 08:20 AM by John Spence

    Stock exchange traded funds were set to open sharply lower in the U.S. on Thursday as investors fretted over weakness in the global economy and European banks' exposure to the region's debt crisis. SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) slipped about 2% in prema...

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  • Stocks Bounce, Treasury ETFs Plunge After 30-Year Auction

    08-11-2011 01:50 PM by John Spence

    Stock exchange traded funds bounced on Thursday along with European markets amid talk of a ban on short sales of stocks as officials appear willing to take new steps to ease the credit crisis. SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEArca: DIA) jumped almost 4% as the Dow wa...

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  • Investors Seek Shelter in Treasury ETFs

    08-10-2011 04:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. Treasury exchange traded funds posted big gains Wednesday as yields declined and investors looking for safety moved into the bond ETFs despite the recent Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. debt. Treasuries also got a boost after an auction of 10-year notes saw strong...

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  • Ratings Cut Doesn't Dent Treasury ETFs

    08-08-2011 05:09 PM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury exchange traded funds jumped Monday even though Standard & Poor's downgraded its credit rating on U.S. government bonds. The S&P downgrade and lingering worries over Europe's debt quagmire had investors running into the perceived safe havens of Treasuries and ...

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  • What Now for U.S. Treasury ETFs After Debt Downgrade?

    08-08-2011 08:28 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasuries were actually set to rally on Monday after Standard & Poor's downgraded its rating on government debt as investors sold riskier assets such as stocks and commodities and moved into gold and bonds. Despite the S&P rat...

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  • Summer Crash of 2011?

    08-04-2011 11:16 AM by Michael A. Gayed CFA

    Looking at inter-market relationships, and trying to see if there is a consistent message across and within asset classes is extremely important for investors. Since early June I've published several articles discussing the possibility of a Summer Crash of 2011 (aka the Great Re...

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  • Treasury ETFs Storm Higher in Risk-Off Trade

    08-03-2011 10:56 AM by John Spence

    The huge rally in Treasury exchange traded funds this week is screaming deflation and a desire for safety. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TLT) was up about 1% following its 3% rally the previous session. "The real story here was always the impact of ...

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  • Stock ETFs Tumble; S&P 500 Takes Out 200-Day

    08-02-2011 04:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. equities staggered into Tuesday's closing bell as exchange traded funds indexed to the S&P 500 lost 2.6% and fell below a key technical level. Broad-based stock ETFs such as SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) and iShares S&P 500 (NYSEArca: IVV) sliced through th...

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  • The Contrarian: U.S. Treasury ETFs

    07-28-2011 11:55 AM by ETF Trends

    Even with the gridlock on the debt ceiling, exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasuries have been relatively subdued. Despite worries over the U.S. deficit and debt-limit debate, some analysts say Treasuries could benefit from another potential flight to safety simila...

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  • Treasury ETFs Fall on U.S. Debt Deal Worries

    07-25-2011 08:55 AM by John Spence

    The long end of the Treasury bond curve was under pressure Monday after U.S. political leaders were unable to hammer out a deal on boosting the debt limit over the weekend. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TLT) was down more than 1% in premarket action. E...

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  • Treasury Bond ETFs Gyrate on Debt Deal Speculation

    07-20-2011 11:42 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that target U.S. Treasury bonds, which many investors use to steady their portfolios, have seen volatility ratchet higher this week with swings of more than 1% the past two days as markets look for resolution on the debt ceiling. The long end of the Treas...

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  • Gold ETFs Fall, Treasuries Rise on Debt Plan Hopes

    07-19-2011 02:19 PM by John Spence

    Gold exchange traded funds fell Tuesday after President Barack Obama said he supports a plan that would reduce the deficit by nearly $4 trillion as the deadline on the U.S. debt ceiling looms. Obama at a surprise White House press conference Tuesday said the proposal by a grou...

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  • Treasury ETFs Volatile on ‘QE3’ Talk

    07-13-2011 02:26 PM by John Spence

    Stocks advanced Wednesday but Treasury exchange traded funds were all over the map as investors debated the likelihood of further "quantitative easing" from the Federal Reserve due to a slowdown in the U.S. economy and discouraging data recently on unemployment. The minutes of...

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  • Stock ETFs Fall, Treasuries Rally After Dismal Jobs Report

    07-08-2011 09:43 AM by John Spence

    SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) dropped more than 1% in opening trades Friday as U.S. stocks tanked after miserable June nonfarm payrolls report. The economy added only 18,000 jobs last month, while economists had predicted nonfarm payrolls would rise by more than 100,000...

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  • BlackRock Analyst Prefers Muni Bonds Over Treasury ETFs

    07-05-2011 03:43 PM by John Spence

    Minnesota shutting down over the holiday weekend and New Jersey requiring a loan to cover a cash shortfall are recent and painful reminders of states' fiscal woes. However, an exchange traded fund strategist is recommending investors overweight municipal bond ETFs in their por...

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  • Treasury ETFs Look for Bounce After Rout

    07-05-2011 10:29 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in U.S. Treasury bonds rose Tuesday morning on renewed European debt jitters following last week's sell-off. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: TLT) was up 0.4% in recent action. The ETF entered Tuesday's trading on a ...

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  • S&P 500 ETFs Lift Off; Head and Shoulders Pattern Developing?

    07-01-2011 03:39 PM by John Spence

    Investors got an early fireworks show in the stock market on Friday as the indexes kept chugging higher with the S&P 500 up nearly 20 points in the final hour of trading before the long holiday weekend. A better-than-expected ISM manufacturing survey for June lit a fire un...

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  • Treasury, Stock ETFs Diverge as ‘QE2’ Winds Down

    06-30-2011 01:02 PM by John Spence

    Stock exchange traded funds are on a roll this week as the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) tacked on another 1% in Thursday's rally. Conversely, Treasury ETFs have fallen sharply as traders position for the end of so-called QE2, the second round of the Federal Reserve's q...

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  • Treasury ETFs Down for Third Straight Day

    06-28-2011 03:32 PM by John Spence

    Although stocks have rallied to start the week, the bigger story may be in bond exchange traded funds, which sold off again Tuesday following the previous session's steep decline. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: TLT) was down 0.8% in the final hour ...

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  • Bank of America, Microsoft Fuel Stock Rally; Treasury ETFs Fall

    06-27-2011 03:28 PM by John Spence

    Gains of more than 3% in market bellwethers Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) and Microsoft (NasdaqGS: MSFT) helped drive stock exchange traded funds higher Monday, while Treasury ETFs fell sharply as investors sold U.S. government debt. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was up m...

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  • ETFs Point to More Risk-Off Trade

    06-16-2011 09:01 AM by John Spence

    The premarket action in exchange traded funds on Thursday showed investors remain rattled by the Eurozone debt crisis and weaker economic data. ETFs indexed to the dollar, Treasury bonds and VIX futures all rose before the opening bell. In stocks, Dow futures pulled back about...

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  • VIX, Treasury, Dollar ETFs Among Few Winners in Rout

    06-15-2011 01:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds linked to volatility, Treasury bonds and the U.S. dollar were among the few categories posting gains Wednesday as the Dow dropped nearly 200 points in afternoon dealings. The flight to safety was evident in bond ETFs as a Treasury fund rallied to wipe awa...

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  • Treasury ETFs, Big Banks Feel Losses as Bernanke Speaks

    06-14-2011 04:44 PM by John Spence

    Treasury exchange traded funds plunged Tuesday while key bank stocks Citigroup (NYSE: C) and Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) capped gains in financial ETFs despite the rally in stocks. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TLT) dropped 1.5% on Tuesday. Fed chief B...

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  • Grim U.S. Credit Outlook Puts Strain On U.S. Dollar, Treasury ETFs

    06-03-2011 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Congress has been given ample time to increase the government's debt limit, but a lethargic response has forced Moody's Investors Service to consider downgrading the government's credit rating, putting pressure on U.S. Treasuries and dollar related exchange traded funds (ETFs). ...

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  • May ETF Performance Report

    05-31-2011 05:52 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. markets ended the month of May on a higher note, but still in the red as exchange traded fund (ETF) investors followed the old adage "sell in May and go away." However, some areas came out ahead, including bonds, consumer staples and healthcare. The Dow Jones Industrial A...

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  • Stock ETFs Move Higher on Greek Debt Deal

    05-31-2011 05:20 PM by Tom Lydon

    The bulls took over on Tuesday as the major stock exchange traded funds (ETFs) moved higher based on hopes for a new plan to deal with Greece's debt crisis addressed some investor worry, but more grim economic data suggested there were more hurdles ahead. Greece appears to hav...

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  • Treasury ETFs Caught Between Debt Worries, Safety Trade

    05-24-2011 01:56 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in Treasury bonds are caught between two powerful crosscurrents in the markets. Although investors hear a lot about the debt ceiling and the U.S. budget deficit, Treasury yields have actually been falling recently, meaning bond prices are risi...

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  • Stock, Euro ETFs Start Week in Red

    05-23-2011 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking U.S. stocks and the euro were set to open sharply lower Monday as worries over the debt problems in Europe's periphery sapped sentiment. SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was down more than 1% in premarket trading as Dow futures dropped more t...

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  • Treasury ETFs Fall Sharply After Nonfarm Payrolls

    05-06-2011 08:56 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds that invest in Treasury bonds reversed some of their recent gains Friday while stocks rallied as investors cheered the April nonfarm payrolls report. Payrolls jumped 244,000 last month, a better number than economists had expected and the largest rise in ...

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  • Treasury ETFs Rise in Safety Trade

    05-04-2011 04:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds that invest in Treasuries rose Wednesday as investors looked for safety in bonds while stocks weakened along with commodities. Yet Treasury bonds and related ETFs could be slowly losing value as U.S. debt levels surge to new heights and inflation eats awa...

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  • Dollar, Treasury ETFs to Key on Bernanke

    04-27-2011 05:09 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors will be watching the action in exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking the dollar and U.S. Treasury bonds Wednesday as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke faces off against a room of reporters. An ETF investing in long-term bonds, iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury B...

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  • Treasury ETFs in Holding Pattern as Bill Gross Resists Bonds

    04-25-2011 01:36 PM by John Spence

    Treasury exchange traded funds (ETFs) are searching for direction after recovering from a sell-off earlier this month, but PIMCO's Bill Gross is reportedly holding firm on his call that Treasury bonds hold little value. Gross made waves recently when news broke that his PIMCO ...

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  • Gold, Silver ETFs Rally on U.S. Debt Outlook; Treasuries Fall

    04-18-2011 06:54 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in gold and silver jumped Monday morning after Standard & Poor's cut its outlook on U.S. debt to negative, while Treasury ETFs fell in the wake of the downgrade. The iShares Silver Trust (NYSEArca: SLV) rose more than 1% in early tr...

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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 didn't rise as much as some analysts had expected in March. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund  (NYSEArca: TLT) ...

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  • Treasury ETFs Rise as Obama Unveils Deficit Plan

    04-13-2011 02:02 PM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in Treasury bonds logged a second day of solid gains Wednesday after President Barack Obama announced a plan to cut the U.S. budget deficit by $4 trillion within 12 years. Bond ETFs finished higher after the Treasury held an auction of ...

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  • Treasury ETFs Bounce

    04-12-2011 08:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in Treasury bonds finally caught a bid Tuesday as investors moved into bonds and sold riskier assets such as stocks and commodities. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond (NYSEArca: TLT) was up more than 1% in late-afternoon tradi...

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  • Treasury ETFs Rise as Traders Seek Safety

    04-12-2011 09:05 AM by John Spence

    U.S. Treasury exchange traded funds (ETFs) jumped Tuesday as bond yields declined along with stocks on worries over the global economy and Japan's nuclear disaster. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: TLT) was up more than 1%, climbing over $91 a share....

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  • Treasury ETFs Caught in Downdraft

    04-08-2011 06:29 AM by John Spence

    Things aren't looking good for exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in U.S. government debt as the iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: TLT) threatens to fall back below $90 a share. The $3 billion ETF "refuses to recover and is now firmly reasserting th...

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  • Treasury ETFs Fall Sharply As Yields Move Higher

    04-07-2011 05:28 AM by John Spence

    The spike in Treasury yields since the middle of March has put a dent in bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) as investors worry about inflation and the budget gridlock in Washington. Yields on the 10-year note have jumped to about 3.6% after dropping below 3.2% last month. Bond ...

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  • Stock ETFs Finish Higher As Cotton, Base Metals Rise

    04-06-2011 01:19 PM by John Spence

    U.S. stock exchange traded funds (ETFs) closed Wednesday higher as investors awaited corporate earnings season. Equities shrugged off news that Portugal will require assistance from the European Union as its borrowing costs jump. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) was up...

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  • Treasury ETFs Pressured As Budget Deadline Looms

    04-06-2011 10:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury exchange traded funds (ETFs) were lower Wednesday afternoon as investors worried about a potential government shutdown with lawmakers in Washington facing off before a Friday deadline. As the country's deficit grows to staggering proportions, the legal limit on the am...

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  • Global Concerns Help Treasury ETFs

    03-16-2011 12:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. Treasury bonds are reaping the benefit of being a safe-haven investment.  With volatile markets and escalating crisis' overseas, the treasury-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are moving forward. Treasury prices jumped sharply in trading this morning after an announcem...

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  • Why Current Environment Is Affecting Treasury Yields and ETFs

    03-14-2011 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Signs of rising inflation, subdued volatility in the Middle East, moves by Japanese traders, and PIMCOs retreat from Treasuries have all contributed to Treasury prices and their related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Last Friday, Treasury prices dropped lower with yields rising...

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  • Build America Bond ETFs May Get a Second Chance

    02-14-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The popular Build America Bonds program may get a second chance at life if President Obama's budget passes in its current incarnation. The budget not only calls for the program to be revived, but it wants to make the program permanent. Last year, however, Republicans blocked e...

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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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  • 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 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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  • ETFs, Markets Back Off Two-Year Highs

    11-08-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are backing off a bit from two-year highs as the U.S. dollar gains against the euro and other major currencies. There are no economic reports scheduled to start the week, and traders appear to be viewing signs of strength in the greenback as a reas...

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  • ETFs Pause and Wait for Fed Announcement

    11-03-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The day the markets have anticipated is finally here: the Federal Reserve will wrap up a two-day policy meeting and announce whether there will be any quantitative easing steps taken. Ahead of the announcement, exchange traded funds (ETFs) paused for breath. The markets seem a...

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  • Citi's Profit Leads Financial ETFs Higher

    10-18-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    In early morning trading shares of financial stocks appear to be recovering from the slide that began last week based on worries that the mortgage foreclosure debacle might lead to higher cost, lawsuits, congressional inquiries and other problems for lenders. According to the ...

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  • The Top 5 ETFs of August

    09-01-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Volatility and uncertainty in the markets have driven investors to safer bets in exchange traded funds (ETFs). Take a look at the top five ETFs for August and you'll see a trend emerge... Treasury Bonds. Yields on Treasury bonds are sinking faster than a lead balloon. The yie...

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  • The Renewed Rush for Bond ETFs

    08-18-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The global economy is not doing so well, and people who have been hurt by the recent volatility in the stock market and exchange traded funds (ETFs) opted to invest in the relative safety of government bonds. Further fueling the demand for Treasuries, the Fed is now buying in bul...

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  • Treasury Bond ETFs Hang Onto Appeal

    08-09-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite record low yields, Treasuries are still in high demand. Future uncertainty, lackluster economic data and weakness in the equity markets is pushing investors to the safety of bonds and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Recently, the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bern...

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  • The Ins and Outs of Quant ETFs

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

    With more than 1,000 products on the market, you'll find all sorts of exchange traded funds (ETFs) to mimic different investment strategies. One of the newer types is quantitative index based ETFs that promise high-octane returns. Two primary characteristics of ETFs are that t...

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  • The Appeal of Treasury Bond ETFs

    07-16-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury exchange traded funds (ETFs) have become a favorite safe-haven as investors look to protect their assets, but it's been pushing already paltry yields down to almost nothing. On the five-year Treasury, there's a 1.76% return, while today the yield on the 10-year declin...

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  • Treasury ETFs: A Stellar First Half

    07-01-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Only a couple of months ago, investors were putting their faith in stocks. But now, the bears are rearing their heads once more, as evidenced by the surge in Treasury bonds and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). It has led to some of the best performance in Treasuries in years...

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  • Volatile Markets Renew Bond ETF Bubble Concerns

    06-16-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    A record number of assets is expected to continue flowing into bonds and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) this summer, renewing fears that there's a bubble in this market. A projected $380 billion will pour into bond funds this year, more than went into domestic stock fun...

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  • Europe's Industrial Numbers Give ETFs a Lift

    06-14-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Strong industrial numbers coming from Europe gave investors the comfort they needed to come out and invest, giving stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) an early-morning boost. Industrial companies that have strong overseas exposure are getting a lift this morning on reports th...

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  • European Debt Woes Create ETF Winners and Losers

    05-26-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This week, Spain decided to bail out a small savings bank called CajaSur for around $750 million. The head of the European Commission knocked Germany's proposals for the debt crisis as naive. There have been winning and losing exchange traded funds (ETFs) as a result. First of...

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  • Market Concerns Push Treasury Bond ETFs Upward

    05-25-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Many exchange traded funds (ETFs) are feeling some pain stemming from concerns about Europe and Korea, but there's one area that's reaping the benefits of save-haven dollars: Treasury bond ETFs. Low-risk government debt is back in style as Europe's banking woes, mixed in with ...

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  • Europe's Crisis Makes Treasury Bond ETFs Winners

    05-20-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In market turmoil, there are several areas that tend to see greater investor interest. You can count Treasury bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) among them - especially in the last few days, which have seen down markets. The eurozone crisis has pushed Treasury prices higher as ...

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  • 8 Ways to Safeguard Your Money With ETFs in Turbulent Markets

    05-18-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    While the situation is Greece is approaching some semblance of a resolution, the global economy is far from out of the woods. We may continue to see bumps on the road back, but with these exchange traded funds (ETFs), you can help protect your assets. First things first. Don't...

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  • Tom Lydon Tells CNBC Why He's Still Bullish

    05-07-2010 09:13 AM by Tom Lydon

    Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC this morning to explain why, despite the market's performance this week, he's still bullish on the U.S. stock market and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Find out where he's looking and what he's avoiding by watching the video!

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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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  • Why Stocks, Treasuries and Gold ETFs Are Moving In Tandem

    09-14-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As money is shifted around in the markets, asset classes of varying types are being pushed to new heights. This has created an unusual situation in which stocks, Treasuries and gold-related exchanged traded funds (ETFs) are moving higher in tandem. During the credit collapse, ...

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  • What the Biggest ETF Movers Say About Investors

    08-20-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Sings of a recovery are looming on the global horizon, and the numbers are evident in exchange traded funds (ETFs) from domestic and foreign markets, bonds, currencies and commodities. Many ETFs have been trending higher in recent weeks, says Gary Gordon for ETF Expert. The ...

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  • Stocks vs. Bond ETFs: Will History Repeat Itself?

    07-09-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Historically, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have outperformed Treasuries, but will history continue to repeat itself or will it be broken? In this corner, we have bonds. In the other, equities. Advocates of both are squaring off: Equities have the ability to ou...

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  • How Fed's Decision Could Affect Treasury Bond ETFs

    06-24-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The recent atmosphere in the U.S. economy  as the stock markets seemingly pause for breath has created a bond-hungry atmosphere, potentially impacting related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Federal Reserve is meeting this week, setting off a buying spree in the Treasury mar...

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  • Bond ETFs Boring? Hardly

    05-15-2009 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) tracking the various bond types available were on a roller coaster ride in the past few months but this hasn't discouraged investors from looking into these fixed income markets. Since September, fixed-income ETFs have been experiencing a wild ride...

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  • Why Junk Bond ETFs Are Outshining Treasuries

    05-06-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In the month of April, the U.S. Treasury market and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) both flourished and got slammed. With the announcement of bankruptcy by Chrysler LLC and the a surge in corporate defaults in April, junk bonds had their best performance in more than two de...

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  • 5 Areas That Could Help Balance An ETF Portfolio

    04-08-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Well-rounded portfolios should have some variety. So what are some ways exchange traded funds (ETFs) can help? While investors should always meticulously research a stock, ETFs do allow an individual to hedge his or her market position and give some balance to a portfolio, rem...

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  • 2008's ETF Dogs Could Be 2009's Opportunities

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

    While most sectors of the market meandered off the upward climb with a steep plunge in 2008, there were a few exchange traded funds (ETFs) that persevered and rose to new heights. Investors are always on the lookout for that new money-making deal that would help fill their lo...

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  • Best-Performing ETFs for 2008

    12-31-2008 02:53 PM by Tom Lydon

    2008 was the worst year for the stock market since 1931, and the worst year ever in the fifteen-year history of exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 2008 with a two-day winning streak, but was still down for the year by 33.8%. It was the Dow's w...

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  • The Pros and Cons of Bond ETFs

    12-22-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In uncertain times, investors are seeking the relative safety of more the stable bonds and their related exchange traded funds (ETFs). But choosing the right bonds within the helter-skelter will be the challenge. Bonds usually receive lower returns compared to stocks because o...

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  • Stock and Bond ETFs Talk - What Are They Saying?

    12-15-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The bond markets have been doing some really interesting things lately, and it's had an impact on exchange traded funds (ETFs). Low yields on treasuries are saying that investors are still very much scared and looking for safe havens with such fervor that they're willing to accep...

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  • Treasury ETFs Overdone?

    12-02-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Treasuries, and the bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) that represent them, are trotting into "overvalued territory," and the danger lies in falling yields. The investor demand for Treasuries may be near the "bubble" phase, as witnessed by tech in 2000 and  housing in 2006, rep...

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  • Stock, ETF Slump Drives China to U.S. Treasuries

    11-19-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs) and other securities plummeted in September, the Chinese turned to the safe haven of government debt and became the largest foreign holder of U.S. Treasuries. It appears that most foreign investors have been attracted to U.S. assets. The...

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  • Bond ETFs React to Credit Crisis

    10-13-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Fixed income exchange traded funds (ETFs) are of interest in these uncertain times as investors make a flight to quality in treasuries. Murray Coleman of Index Universe talks to bond executive Matthew Tucker for Barclays' fixed income arena. Tucker says the steepening of th...

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  • Asset Managers, Like Investors, Turn to Safe Haven ETFs

    10-01-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Asset managers that deal heavily in exchange traded funds (ETFs) are taking defensive stances on the current market and buying hard, tangible assets like gold and commodities. Gold is, and has always has been the most traditional safe haven. As lawmakers are working out a plan...

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  • Looking for ETF Opportunities Today and Tomorrow

    09-29-2008 04:06 PM by Tom Lydon

    Smart exchange traded fund (ETF) investors not only look for opportunities in areas that are currently moving up, but they also look for opportunities that may develop in the future, long before they're actually here. The credit crisis and the housing bust will both eventually...

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  • Dow Jones Loses Nearly 800 Points In Volatile Session

    09-29-2008 02:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its largest one-day loss ever, leaving few bright spots in the world of exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Dow today plunged 777 points, by far surpassing the previous record of 684.81, set in the first trading day after the Sept. 11, 200...

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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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Long Term 99%
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