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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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Speculative-grade debt or junk bond-related exchange traded funds have moved in lockstep with the energy market, falling and rising with the ebbs and flows of crude oil prices. High-yield bonds have been rallying since the February 11 low, the same day oil hit a nadir. Since the February low, the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond […]

High-yield, speculative-grade bond exchange traded funds are attracting billions of dollars as market volatility dissipates and investors look to capitalize on cheaper valuations in riskier assets after the recent sell-off. Investors funneled $2 billion into funds in high-yield and high-yield municipal debt peer groups over February, Todd Rosenbluth, S&P Global Market Intelligence Director of ETF […]

With Treasury yields regaining ground as market volatility dissipates and inflation expectations rise, rate-hedged bond exchange traded funds are beginning to outperform. The yield on benchmark 10-year Treasuries are back to 1.92% Monday, compared to a low of 1.567% in mid-February. Treasuries continued to slip Monday as yields pushed higher after two Federal Reserve officials […]

Fixed-income investors may gain exposure to U.S. dollar-denominated emerging market debt through ETF options EMB has a 7.01 year duration and a 5.30% 30-day SEC yield PCY has a 8.34 year duration and a 5.90% 30-day SEC yield VWOB has a 6.2 year duration and a 4.95% 30-day SEC yield LEMB has a 4.77 year duration and a 4.73% […]

Fixed-income investors who want to squeeze out a little more yield can look to a high-yield bond exchange traded fund ANGL tracks so-called fallen angel, speculative-grade debt, or bonds that started out with investment-grade ratings but were later downgraded to junk territory ANGL includes a hefty 73.9% tilt toward BB-rated debt, along with 11.5% B, 4.0% […]

ETF industry continued to accumulate assets in February Global exchange traded products, which include both ETFs and exchange traded notes, gathered $9.4 billion Garnering investors’ attention over February, ETFs that track gold price movements saw a new monthly flow record of $7.2 billion The exchange traded fund industry continued to accumulate assets in February on […]

Invesco PowerShares introduces DWIN that targets diversified, high-yielding assets The new ETF is a fund of funds, which means that it holds ETFs as its underlying component It may also favor overweighting U.S. Treasuries and reduce holdings to less than five components Invesco PowerShares has introduced a multi-asset income exchange traded fund to provide yield-oriented investors […]

Fixed-income ETF investors may want to favor riskier plays Investment-grade corporate bonds, high-yield debt and bank loans may boost returns while offering less volatility than stocks Bond investors interested in riskier investments with the promise of higher yields can turn to speculative-grade or junk bond ETFs With all the doom-and-gloom dissipating and the market rebounding, […]

ETF investors have turned to more steady fixed-income assets iShares U.S. fixed income ETFs attracted $7 billion in net assets over February However, with the stock market picking up and risk aversion dissipating, fixed-income investors are shifting back into riskier debt While the equities markets oscillates, exchange traded fund investors have turned to more steady fixed-income […]

Strengthened speculative-grade debt may continue to support junk bond-related ETFs If fixed-income market follows historical trends, junk bonds may continue to rally over the next few weeks Financials are the best performing sector when junk bond ETFs rise, according to Kensho data The renewed risk-on environment has helped speculative-grade debt strengthen could continue to support junk […]

As equities markets bounce back and oil prices edge higher from a 13-year low, the rising risk-on sentiment has brought fixed-income investors back to the high-yield bond exchange traded funds. Over the past week, the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEArca: JNK) attracted $340.2 million in net inflows, iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate […]

U.S. equities typically don’t do well in an election year as the political uncertainty helps fuel market volatility. Instead, exchange traded fund investors may be better off sticking to more conservative investment-grade fixed-income assets. ”If a candidate with radically different ideas came into office, it would be an environment where the market would have difficult […]

Despite the ongoing volatility, the Federal Reserve has not shifted away from an interest rate tightening cycle. Consequently, investors should understand the potential effects or rising rates on the markets and incorporate alternative exchange traded fund strategies to adapt to the changes. On the recent webcast, Positioning Portfolios in a Rising Rate Environment, Joe Benevento, […]

As the Federal Reserve plans a “gradual” interest rate tightening cycle, exchange traded fund investors will have to adjust their portfolios accordingly. On the upcoming webcast, Positioning Portfolios in a Rising Rate Environment, Joe Benevento, CIO for Americans and Co-Head of Global Fixed Income at Deutsche Asset Management, Sebastien Galy, FX Strategist at Deutsche Bank, […]

With the Federal Reserve intent on gradually normalizing interest rates and default risks rising, fixed-income investors may utilize inverse or short bond exchange traded funds to hedge their corporate debt exposure. Banks and investors are turning to alternative tools to hedge losses as credit markets grow more vulnerable to shocks from commodity prices, notably depressed […]