Featured Articles

  • Why It’s Time to Disaggregate the Agg

    August 4th at 3:45pm by David Mazza -- State Street Global Advisors

    Given the unprecedented shifts impacting the bond markets, we have talked a lot about the need to rethink fixed income holdings, and in my last post, I discussed three potential strategies that investors could follow to prepare portfolios for an unconventional rising rate environment. In this...


  • Higher Yielding Emerging Market Bond ETFs Are Outperforming

    August 4th at 3:07pm by Tom Lydon

    Developing market equities may have fallen off this year. However, emerging market bonds and related exchange traded funds are outperforming U.S. debt, and they come with more attractive yields. Year-to-date, the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (NYSEArca: EMB), which has a 7.25...


  • Green ETFs Unfazed by Obama’s Stringent Clean Energy Plan

    August 4th at 2:10pm by Tom Lydon

    President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency have called for tougher rules on greenhouse gas emissions and a greater target for renewables. However, clean energy exchange traded funds continued their downward slide as cheap fossil fuels weigh on the industry's outlook. Since...


  • When theory met practice

    August 4th at 1:35pm by Vanguard Group

    I recently served as a guest lecturer for an undergraduate finance course at my alma mater. At the start of the class, I thought back to when I was a student and how interesting it was when a real-world practitioner visited the theory-based classroom. By the end of the class, I was reminded that...


  • ETF Chart of the Day: Apple ETFs Surprisingly Sturdy

    August 4th at 12:53pm by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    AAPL is simply getting pounded day after day, and quite frankly we are surprised the ripple effect has not hit the markets harder given the stock’s >14.2% weighting in QQQ (PowerShares QQQ, Expense Ratio 0.20%) and >3.9% weighting in SPY (SPDR S&P 500, Expense Ratio 0.09%), of course...


  • Income Opportunity With the BDC ETF

    August 4th at 9:30am by Tom Lydon

    Business development companies (BDCs) have increased in popularity among investors during years of the Federal Reserve's low interest rate policy because this asset class is known for its whopping yields. However, with Treasury yields on the rise, some high-yielding asset classes are proving...


  • More Pain Could be Awaiting the Greece ETF

    August 4th at 9:00am by Tom Lydon

    The Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (NYSEArca: GREK) lost almost 2.7% Monday after the Athens Stock Exchange reopened following a five-week hiatus. That performance almost looks good compared to the 16% lost by stocks in Athens and the 30% lost by a widely followed index of Greek banks. GREK, the...


  • A Staples ETF to Snack On

    August 4th at 8:20am by Tom Lydon

    In a sign of just how apprehensive some investors currently are about taking risk at the sector level, consumer staples have consistently been dotting the list of exchange traded funds hitting all-time highs. That was the case late last week and it was the case again Monday as four of the nine...