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Investment-grade corporate bond exchange traded funds could maintain their momentum on improving fundamentals. Year-to-date, the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: LQD) gained 5.8%, Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: VCIT) rose 4.9% and SPDR Barclays Intermediate Term Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: ITR) advanced 3.5%. Related: 28 ETFs for Investment-Grade Corporate Bond […]

A speculative-grade, junk bond exchange traded fund has experienced extreme ebbs and flows in assets under management, reflecting banks and institutions’ reliance on a high-yield bond ETF to access the underlying debt market. Over the past month, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) experienced record-breaking daily withdrawals, despite its relatively […]

Investors looking into high-yield bonds to augment their fixed-income portfolio may consider a fallen angel speculative-grade debt-related exchange traded fund. On the recent webcast, Fine Tune Your High Yield Strategy, Francis Rodilosso, Portfolio Manager at VanEck, explained that recent and potential sector growth will contribute to support fallen angel bonds and related VanEck Fallen Angel High […]

Investors interested in the high-yields of junk bonds but are wary of potential credit risks can turn to a group of “fallen angels” bond-related exchange traded fund (ETF). On the upcoming complimentary webcast this Thursday, Fine Tune Your High Yield Strategy, Francis Rodilosso, Portfolio Manager at VanEck, will help explain the group of fallen angels […]

A rising interest rate environment will weigh on fixed-income portfolios. Bond traders do not need to sacrifice yield-generation to diminish rate risk. Instead, investors can look to rate-hedged or zero-duration bond exchange traded funds. A relatively new breed of interest rate-hedged, zero duration ETFs hold long-term bonds, but they will simultaneously short Treasuries or Treasury […]

In anticipation of a rising interest rate environment, fixed-income investors should consider exchange traded funds that track floating rate notes. Should expectations of higher interest rates gain momentum, it would not be surprising to see investors embrace floating rate exchange traded funds as additions to fixed income portfolios. Related: 41 Target Maturity Bond ETFs for […]

As the U.S. braces for a rising interest rate environment, exchange traded fund (ETF) investors may adopt a bond ladder strategy to hedge against the risks through maturity- or target-date ETF options. With the Fed intent on hiking rates ahead, investors can implement a bond laddering strategy through defined-maturity bond funds to hedge their fixed-income positions. […]

Investors seeking an easy way to fill out a fixed-income portfolio may start off with an aggregate or total bond market exchange traded fund that provides diversified exposure to U.S. government and corporate debt securities. For instance, the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index has been the go-to benchmark for many fixed-income investors. The benchmark tracks […]

Municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded funds have been used as a relatively stable fixed-income stream for many investment portfolios. Since muni bond interest is exempt from federal taxes, muni ETFs are a good way for investors seeking tax-exempt income, especially those in higher tax brackets. Due to its tax-exempt status, the asset category is […]

Global central banks have cut interest rates to near zero, with some pushing into negative territory. As yield-starved global investors seek alternative avenues of income, more may turn to relatively more attractive U.S. government debt, supporting U.S. Treasuries-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). For instance, after the Bank of Japan implemented negative interest rates, BlackRock’s fixed-income […]

Bond investors who are wary of dipping too far into junk bond territory but want better yield payouts than Treasuries may consider investment-grade corporate bond exchange traded funds. Currently, credit spreads are falling. Looking at corporate bonds, the diminish spread between government Treasury yields and corporate debt yields reflects investors’ lower perceived risks ahead. The […]

Bonds have regained their momentum this year, but after a multi-year run, many traditional fixed-income assets look pricey or overvalued. Alternatively, investors may consider opportunities in exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track emerging market debt. Investors may be attracted to the cheaper valuations and wider yield premiums that emerging market bonds offer over safe-haven government […]

Junk bond exchange traded funds may still have legs as underperforming active managers help support prices. Speculative-grade, junk bonds have rallied off the February lows as some saw default risks, notably those associated with the energy sector, dissipate in light of rising crude oil prices. Year-to-date,  the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK) […]

Speculative-grade, junk bonds have staged an impressive recovery from the February lows, but face mounting risks, notably from commodity producers. Investors, though, can diminish credit risks associated to more troubled areas through targeted high-yield bond exchange traded funds. The junk bond market faces heightened default risks ahead. According to Moody’s Investor Service, default rate for […]

Speculative-grade debt exchange traded fund (ETF) investors may be calling it quits after a three-month rally in junk bonds. The iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) experienced 27.8 million share redemptions, or about $2.6 billion in outflows, over the past four days, the longest losing streak since oil bottomed out on […]

Puerto Rico was set to default on payments Monday, but fixed-income investors continue to pile into municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds, driving the market higher. The commonwealth was expected to default on $422 million in Government Development Bank debt, but investors kept pouring more money into tax-exempt muni funds last week, reports Brian […]

As more take a second look at the developing world, fixed-income investors can also tap the emerging markets through local currency debt-related exchange traded funds. BlackRock Inc. believes that central bank cuts across the emerging markets will extended the largest surge in debt in at least 13 years, Bloomberg reports. “We are in a sweet […]

Jerome M. Schneider, Head of Short-Term Portfolio Management at PIMCO, joined ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon to discuss short-term bond ETF options that investors and financial advisors can use for capital preservation. For instance, PIMCO offers the PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ETF (NYSEArca: MINT) and the PIMCO Low Duration Active ETF, (NYSEArca: LDUR). While […]

As the European Central Bank embarks on a bond purchasing binge, the quantitative easing event has depressed yields across the Eurozone and pushed many toward riskier assets in search of higher payouts. Fixed-income investors may capitalize on the shift with high-yield international bond exchange traded funds that include European debt exposure. The ECB has enacted […]

Riskier speculative-grade debt and bond-related exchange traded funds have retreated over the past year and are trading at relatively attractive valuations. However, rising corporate default rates could bar the asset category from a full recovery. Junk bonds have rebounded alongside the equities market from the February lows. Year-to-date, the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF […]

While the Federal Reserve has revealed its intent to hike interest rates some time this year, fixed-income yields may remain depressed and bond related exchange traded funds could more room to run. On the upcoming webcast, Dynamic Fixed Income Strategies for 2016, David Mazza, Managing Director and Head of ETF & Mutual Fund Research at […]

While the Federal Reserve has pushed off interest rate hikes, exchange traded fund investors should begin thinking about ways to position their fixed-income portfolios to navigate more turbulent conditions. On the upcoming webcast, Dynamic Fixed Income Strategies for 2016, David Mazza, Managing Director and Head of ETF & Mutual Fund Research at State Street Global […]

Each week ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon sits down for “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where he highlights big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, he looked at the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (NYSEArca: EMB). As the emerging markets rebound, fixed-income investors may look to this emerging […]

Fixed-income investors seeking to diversify their holdings can look to municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds for their attractive yields, especially in a taxable investment portfolio. On the recent webcast, Goundhog Day: Will the Muni Market See Its Shadow in 2016?, Ashton P. Goodfield, Co-Head of the Municipal Bond Department and Portfolio Manager for Municipal […]

Municipal bond exchange traded funds could continue to strengthen in the month ahead as supply falls off with muni debt sales set to decline and the amount of redemptions and maturing debt on the rise. Year-to-date, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) gained 0.6%, SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TFI) […]

Municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded funds have been standout performers over the past couple of years. But what can muni bond investors expect for the year ahead? On the upcoming webcast, Goundhog Day: Will the Muni Market See Its Shadow in 2016?, Lisa Poniewaz, ETF Regional Vice President at Deutsche Asset Management, Ashton P. Goodfield, […]

After an extended period of underperformance, emerging market debt and bond-related exchange traded funds could provide great value for fixed-income investors. “Given where prices are now, the apocalypse could be priced in, and unless you believe that we are about to live through another period like the late 90s (the Asian crisis, a devaluation in […]

As the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan implement aggressive quantitative easing measures, income-starved investors overseas are eyeing the relatively attractive yields in the U.S., potentially supporting U.S. corporate bonds and related exchange traded funds. Almost $8 trillion in global bonds have negative yields, which has pushed fund managers from around the world to […]

Investors can use leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds to hedge a long position against sudden turns or capture short-term trends in more volatile market conditions. On the recent webcast, Tactical Strategies to Combat Market Volatility, Sylvia Jablonski, Managing Director and Co-Head of the Capital Markets & Institutional Strategy Team at Direxion, points out that […]