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Short interest in the largest investment-grade corporate bond exchange traded fund has reached record levels, reflecting increased bearish short-term bets on the credit market. The bearish signal in the corporate debt category is a measure of investor sales of shares that they do not hold in the believe that bond prices will fall and they […]

First Trust has rolled out two new actively managed exchange traded funds that target closed-end funds focused on income generation. First Trust recently launched the First Trust CEF Income Opportunity ETF (NasdaqGM: FCEF) and First Trust Municipal CEF Income Opportunity ETF (NasdaqGM: MCEF). FCEF has a 2.5% total expense ratio and MCEF has a 1.91% […]

Emerging market bond exchange traded funds will continue to strengthen as yield-hungry investors eschew the low and even negative-rates in developed markets. Bonds issued by developing countries have arguably benefited from the aggressive central bank policies from developed economies that depressed global yields, the Financial Times reports. “The only countries in the world that are […]

A fallen angel, speculative-grade junk bond exchange traded fund will be implementing a rule change to increase exposure to more liquid debt securities. According to VanEck, the VanEck Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: ANGL), which tracks the BofA Merrill Lynch US Fallen Angel High Yield Index, will execute a rule change on September 30 […]

The growing popularity of bond exchange traded funds has been accompanied by increased liquidity concerns that some argue could threaten the balance of the markets. However, one of the main U.S. exchanges argues that bond ETFs actually make fixed-income markets more stable. Bats Global Markets contends that ETFs could be the “release valve” if bond […]

Steadily improving growth and an ongoing low-yield environment could support risk appetite for corporate bonds and related exchange traded funds. While some may be concerned with a slowdown in the global economy, we are still experiencing growth, albeit at a slower pace. In a research note, BlackRock strategists, led by Richard Turnill, argued that the […]

With recent talks of a Federal Reserve rate hike and bond yields ticking higher, some are concerned of another taper-tantrum event that could pressure developing market debt. Nevertheless, emerging market bond exchange traded funds may still find support as one of the few areas that investors can generate decent yields. “The search for yield is […]

Given the heightened risks we have experienced this year, investors may consider leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds to manage the challenges presented by volatile markets. On the upcoming webcast, Smarter Beta: Tricks of the Trade for Leveraged ETFs, Sylvia Jablonski, Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets & Institutional Strategy Team at Direxion, and […]

In a bid to help investors better manage their municipal bond market exposure, VanEck listed two new exchange traded funds to provide a more diversified exposure to intermediate-term muni debt. On Tuesday, VanEck launched the VanEck Vectors AMT-Free 12-17 Year Intermediate Municipal Index ETF (BATS: ITML) and VanEck Vectors AMT-Free 6-8 Year Intermediate Municipal Index […]

As markets brace for a rising interest rate environment, bond investors should begin to look to alternative investments, such as a strategic interest rate-hedging exchange traded fund, to limit the negative effects or even benefit from rising rates. Specifically, fixed-income investors can utilize long-short bond strategies to diminish rate risk. The Sit Rising Rate ETF […]

Short-term Treasury bond exchange traded funds are beginning to outperform their longer-term counterparts as investors ease up on Federal Reserve interest rate expectations and anticipate rising inflationary pressures. Over the past week, the iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: SHY), Schwab Short-Term U.S. Treasury ETF (NYSEArca: SCHO) and Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Expanding on its BulletShares target-date exchange traded fund line, Guggenheim launched investment-grade and high-yield corporate bond strategies to further help investors build out their bond laddering strategies as the market prepares for a rising rate environment. On Wednesday, Guggenheim Investments rolled out the Guggenheim BulletShares 2026 Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: BSCQ) and Guggenheim BulletShares 2024 […]

Emerging markets bonds and the corresponding exchange traded funds, such as the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (NYSEArca: EMB), are among this year’s best-performing asset classes, but where hot performances lie, so do cautionary tales. Investors’ thirst for yield and a cooperative Federal Reserve, which still has not raised interest rates in […]

The markets soured on speculation of a possible Federal Reserve interest rate hike as soon as this month. However, there are market segments and exchange traded funds that welcome higher rates. Speculation of an interest rate hike rose after the usually dovish Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Eric Rosengren said that a “reasonable case can […]

Goldman Sachs added a ultra-low-duration Treasury bond exchange traded fund in what may be a suitable alternative for investors seeking to park their cash. On Thursday, Goldman Sachs launched the Goldman Sachs Treasury Access 0-1 Year ETF (NYSEArca: GBIL). GBIL comes with a 0.14% expense ratio. “The bond trading environment has become more complicated. We […]

Investment-grade corporate bond exchange traded funds may still have legs as global central banks continue to combat stubbornly low inflation expectations and extend stimulus measures. “The ECB and Bank of England (BOE) both started buying non-financial corporate bonds this year, driving down corporate credit spreads globally,” BlackRock strategists, led by Richard Turnill, said in a […]

Speculative-grade, junk bond exchange traded funds have recovered from the crude oil-induced sell-off and then some, but the asset category may be looking pricey. Year-to-date, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) gained 12.1% and the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK) rose 12.9%. SEE MORE: Junk Bond ETFs […]

Investors who want to bolster their income portfolios and generate a little extra yield should consider emerging market bond exchange traded funds. Some, though, may be loath to diversify into emerging market debt, associating the developing economies with higher risks. However, these markets also offer bonds with relatively low credit risks. “While some investors view […]

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen will give her much-anticipated Jackson Hole speech on Friday 10 a.m. Eastern, and depending on how dovish she seems, exchange traded funds on some of this year’s most popular plays may either continue to push higher or find an abrupt ceiling. Yellen has maintained a dovish stance throughout the year, […]

Despite selling off at the end of last week in response to speculation that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates this year, U.S. Treasury bonds and related exchange traded funds pushed higher Monday as foreign demand may still support the relatively more attractive U.S. bond market. On Monday, the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond […]

Speculative-grade debt and junk bond-related exchange traded funds have made a quick turnabout as crude oil prices oscillate from a bear to bull market in less than a month. In seven months last year, U.S. energy junk bonds lost $56.7 billion in market value, with average yields shooting up to as high as 21%, as […]

Investors are throwing money into developing country equity funds at their quickest pace in 58 weeks, with popular emerging market exchange traded funds among the most popular picks over the past week, as depressed rates around the world push people to riskier and higher yielding assets. Emerging market equity funds attracted $5.1 billion in inflows […]

Despite all the misgivings about riskier assets in a volatile year, speculative-grade debt related exchange traded funds have steadily strengthened as yields on junk bonds dip to levels not seen since last summer. Year-to-date, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) and the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK), […]

Exchange traded funds holding emerging markets debt have been among this year’s more impressive asset classes. That after a year in which dollar-denominated funds such as the iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond ETF (NYSEArca: EMB) to local currency fare such as the Market Vectors Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond ETF (NYSEArca: EMLC) were […]

With global central banks pushing the limits of quantitative easing and traditional monetary policies, U.S. bond exchange traded funds are experiencing record inflows as investors search for dwindling sources of yield. U.S. fixed-income ETFs attracted over $60 billion in net inflows this year – that’s already more than the total for 2015, the Financial Times reports. […]

With the Federal Reserve, to this point in the year, holding off on raising interest rates and investors consistently displaying an affinity for less risky assets, longer-dated bonds are among this year’s best-performing asset classes. That scenario has been a boon for exchange traded funds such as the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: […]

In attempt to obviate another debacle in money market funds after the financial downturn, the Securities and Exchange Commission is expected to implement a round of new rules in mid-October that could change the way the $2.7 trillion industry works. This could potentially trigger billions in outflows from these traditionally safe investments and opening up […]

With the Bank of England now joining the bond purchasing spree, the additional accommodative measures will likely add further pressure on global borrowing costs, potentially supporting Treasuries and corporate bond exchange traded funds as international investors look to U.S. debt as a more attractive source of yields. Following the European Central Bank’s footsteps of buying […]

Yield-strapped investors seeking to augment their income should consider incorporating senior secured floating-rate bank loans and related exchange traded funds into their portfolios. A senior loan is a private loan a firm takes from an underwriting bank or a syndicate of lenders. The loans are also secured in that they are backed by the borrowers’ […]