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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’ […]

Speculative-grade, junk bond exchange traded funds are beginning to slip as plunging oil prices renew default concerns for highly leveraged, high cost crude oil producers. Over the past week, the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG) and the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK), the two largest high-yield corporate […]

Investors have turned to investment-grade corporate bond exchange traded funds for their more attractive yields over depressed payouts in government debt and relatively safety over higher-yielding assets. For instance, the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond (LQD) has a 8.59 year duration and a 2.84% 30-day SEC yield, compared to the 1.50% yield on […]

Many expected a post-Brexit environment would weigh on sentiment and push investors toward safer assets. However, exchange traded funds that track stocks and riskier assets continued to draw investors over July, with the S&P 500 and emerging market exposure among the standouts. The benchmark S&P 500 index reached a new all-time intraday high of 2,177.13 […]

As the markets anticipate a higher likelihood of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike before the year’s end, it may be a good time to revisit senior floating-rate bank loans exchange traded fund strategies. A Senior loan is a private loan a firm takes from a bank or a syndicate of lenders. The loans are […]

Investors have flocked to U.S. Treasuries and bond-related exchange traded funds in a world of negative-yielding sovereign debt. However, with U.S. Treasury yields hovering around three-decade lows, government debt looks pricey and fixed-income investors are now exposed to greater risks. The yield on 10-year Treasury bonds closed below 1.4% for the first time ever earlier […]

Emerging market stock- and bond-related exchange traded funds are experiencing robust inflows as the lingering global easy-money environment is drawing more investors to riskier assets in search of higher returns. Emerging market bond funds are experiencing the largest inflows on record as pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other big institutions joined the search for […]

Investors seek to earning a little extra yield and diversify a portfolio should consider emerging market debt and bond-related exchange traded funds, especially as this fixed-income segment has been relatively overshadowed by developed market debt. A number of stars are aligning to help shine a light on emerging market debt, with low interest rates in […]

As the equities market swings, traders have incorporated leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds to jump on short-term opportunities and hedge around events, like the Brexit vote. “If ever there was a market environment for uncertainty hedging, it is now,” Andy O’Rourke, Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer at Direxion, told ETF Trends on a […]

In a world filled with easing liquidity and depressed rates, investors funneled billions into fixed-income exchange traded funds to capitalize on central bank action and squeeze out more yields. Globally, yield-hungry investors threw $124 billion into bond ETFs so far this year, reports Rochelle Toplensky for the Financial Times. Among the most popular U.S.-listed ETFs […]

ETF Trends takes a condensed look at five new ETF products launched today, July 14. Cambria Expands on Shareholder Yield Suite Cambria launched the Cambria Emerging Shareholder Yield ETF (BATS: EYLD). EYLD tracks the Cambria Emerging Shareholder Yield Index, which is comprised of emerging market stocks ranked by dividend payments and net stock buybacks, key […]

High-yield, speculative-grade corporate bond exchange traded funds have gotten a lot of flak over perceived liquidity issues, especially if investors experience periods of extreme market stress. However, junk bond ETFs have proven to be sufficiently liquid as more investors eschew the primary markets for the ETF investment vehicle instead. “ETFs that track iBoxx indices have seen […]

As global government bond yields slipped deeper into the red, investors piled into relatively more attractive yield-generating U.S. corporate bond exchange traded funds. Global bond funds attracted $14.4 billion in net inflows, with U.S. bonds receiving $7.8 billion, over the past week, reports Joe Rennison for the Financial Times. The sudden influx into U.S. fixed-income […]

With yields depressed all around, investors may find that corporate bond exchange traded funds offer some of the best yields around in the investment-grade debt category. For instance, the iShares iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: LQD) has a 8.58 year duration and a 2.97% 30-day SEC yield, Vanguard Intermediate-Term Corporate Bond ETF […]

Treasury bonds and related exchange traded funds have been on a tear as the yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury note dropped to its lowest level ever Wednesday. Year-to-date, the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) rose 8.6% and iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) gained 19.4%. Both funds are trading near […]

Treasury bond exchange traded funds maintained their momentum, with benchmark yields on 10-year notes dipping to a new record low on Friday, as investors feared Brexit would weigh on global growth and cause the Federal Reserve to push off interest rate hikes. On Friday, the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) rose 0.3% […]

Amidst the Brexit induced shakeup, speculative-grade high-yield bond exchange traded funds attracted huge inflows as an extended low-rate outlook bolstered the case for yield-generating assets. Following the United Kingdom’s Brexit tally, investors piled $291 million into the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: HYG), reports Rachel Evans for Bloomberg. Over the past […]

U.S. Treasury bond exchange traded funds maintained their momentum Monday, with yields on benchmark 10-year notes nearing record lows, as investors continued to jump into safe-haven assets following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. The PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon US Treasury (NYSEArca: ZROZ) was among the best performing non-leveraged ETF Monday, […]

Treasury bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) have outperformed this year, with Treasuries enjoying their best start to a year in over a decade. Momentum could be sustained as lingering concerns over the “Brexit” vote pushes investors toward safe-haven assets and the Federal Reserve will likely delay interest rate normalization in light of the uncertainty. U.S. […]