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In anticipation of potential changes to the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, investors are shifting out of their short-term Treasury allocations and are moving over to longer-dated securities. “People are prepared for eventual tightening monetary policy from the Fed,” Mary Ann Hurley, vice president of trading at D.A. Davidson & Co., said in a Bloomberg article. […]

Without a resolution to the escalating geopolitical tension between Ukraine and Russia, exchange traded fund investors should keep a close eye on a couple of asset classes to help minimize or even profit from the increased volatility. According to analysis on funds in a theoretical scenario of a falling ruble, higher natural gas prices and […]

U.S. Treasuries tumbled earlier this year after the market predicted an imminent change to Federal Reserve policy. However, investors are taking a second look at bond exchange traded funds as economic strength falters and Fed tapering is pushed to the back burner. “The idea that we have very strong growth and that they’re trying to […]

The stock markets and exchange traded funds continued to reach new highs over May but began to falter toward the end of the month as investors took the opportunity to take profits. Meanwhile, safe-haven Treasury prices are getting pummeled with yields on benchmark 10-year notes back above 2%. With interest rates rising, long-term Treasury bonds […]

Sovereign debt markets rallied across the globe on new concerns over lowered prospects of future growth rates this past week. Long-term Treasury bond exchange traded funds such as the iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) are back in focus as investors take advantage of higher bond prices. Investors are exiting U.S. and […]

This year ETF providers have been going toe-to-toe in the so-called fee war. It doesn’t look like the round of fee cuts is over quite yet as Vanguard slashes expense ratios on over 20 of its ETF offerings. “Since we are a mutually owned firm, low costs are an outcome that is directly tied to how much […]

Exchange traded funds indexed to U.S. Treasury bonds are among the top performers in May on the risk-off trade and Europe’s debt woes. Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury ETF (NYSEArca: EDV) is up 14.7% for the month of May. Meanwhile, yields on the 10-year note have cratered under 1.6% to all-time lows. Bond yields and prices […]

The largest exchange traded fund following natural gas futures was the top gainer in ETFs this week with a 9% rally, stirring hopes that the recovery in natural gas prices is real. Natural Gas. The U.S. Energy Information Administration revealed a smaller-than-expected increase in natural gas inventories, stoking a rally in natural gas futures that […]

Exchange traded funds tracking two asset classes favored as “safe havens” in recent years – gold and U.S. Treasury bonds – have both been hit by sharp sell-offs this week. Gold prices have been pushed firmly below $1,700 an ounce after the Federal Reserve didn’t hint that more easing measures were forthcoming. The central bank […]

The recent advance in exchange traded funds indexed to long-term U.S. Treasury bonds is a bad sign for equity investors looking for a Santa Claus rally to end 2011. The $3.4 billion iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (NYSEArca: TLT) gained nearly 5% last week. Yields on the 30-year Treasury bond have dropped below […]

Tax efficiency has been a major selling point for exchange traded funds, but experts believe volatility through the year may inflict some surprising ETF tax consequences. Relatively safe bond ETFs have attracted more than $32 billion in assets year-to-date, compared to $26 billion for all of 2010, reports Elizabeth O’Brien for The Wall Street Journal. […]

In examining 2011 returns among bond exchange traded funds, we would wager that most industry participants would be surprised to learn that funds tracking “STRIPS,” zero coupon bonds issued by the U.S. Treasury, have generated some of the best performance year to date. In fact, returns have been staggering to say the least in the […]

Tom Lydon appeared on Yahoo! Finance’s Breakout Tuesday morning to discuss how to play a rising dollar and falling Treasury yields by investing in currency and fixed income exchange traded funds. Watch the Breakout video to see the full interview on ETFs. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of John Spence, and […]

Exchange traded funds that invest in Treasuries rose Wednesday as investors looked for safety in bonds while stocks weakened along with commodities. Yet Treasury bonds and related ETFs could be slowly losing value as U.S. debt levels surge to new heights and inflation eats away at wealth, some high-profile investors say. Bill Gross, PIMCO’s bond […]

Treasury exchange traded funds (ETFs) were lower Wednesday afternoon as investors worried about a potential government shutdown with lawmakers in Washington facing off before a Friday deadline. As the country’s deficit grows to staggering proportions, the legal limit on the amount the U.S. government may borrow is quickly approaching, and the Treasury Secretary warns of […]

U.S. Treasury bonds are reaping the benefit of being a safe-haven investment.  With volatile markets and escalating crisis’ overseas, the treasury-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are moving forward. Treasury prices jumped sharply in trading this morning after an announcement that the situation at a Japan nuclear plant is out of control and there cold be […]

Gold, silver, oil and VIX exchange traded funds (ETFs) went flying today as protests in Egypt grew more intense. ProShares VIX Short-Term Futures (NYSEArca: VIXY) rose a whopping 8.2% as the Egyptian government deployed tanks to break up protests, increasing investor jitters and sending them to safe havens. The news wasn’t too kind to Market […]

Treasury bonds and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that hold them can be some of the safest investments any investor can hope to hold. However, high government debt and an unwillingness to address current problems are putting bondholders on edge. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually […]

After struggling to find their footing in the last month, Treasury bond exchange traded funds (ETFs) are once again seeing their prices increase today. But does this mean that they’ve turned over a new leaf? The recent rise in yields has surprised many investors in bond ETFs. John Spence for MarketWatch reports that 10-year note […]

ETFs are off to a flat start Friday, a day after Wall Street hit two-year highs, as worries from overseas once again came back into play after Ireland was hit with a downgrade. In Washington, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a two-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts just before midnight Thursday after weeks […]

The Labor Department’s monthly unemployment report was even more disappointing than expected. Thankfully, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) haven’t dropped in response, but they’re not moving up, either. The U.S. economy added just 39,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate jumped to 9.8%. This is the longest stretch that the rate has been […]

Volatility and uncertainty in the markets have driven investors to safer bets in exchange traded funds (ETFs). Take a look at the top five ETFs for August and you’ll see a trend emerge… Treasury Bonds. Yields on Treasury bonds are sinking faster than a lead balloon. The yield on the 10-year has dropped to 2.58%. […]

The global economy is not doing so well, and people who have been hurt by the recent volatility in the stock market and exchange traded funds (ETFs) opted to invest in the relative safety of government bonds. Further fueling the demand for Treasuries, the Fed is now buying in bulk. On Monday, the 10-year Treasury […]

Despite record low yields, Treasuries are still in high demand. Future uncertainty, lackluster economic data and weakness in the equity markets is pushing investors to the safety of bonds and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Recently, the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke stated that the economy is facing “unusually uncertain” prospects, which may keep inflation […]

Treasury exchange traded funds (ETFs) have become a favorite safe-haven as investors look to protect their assets, but it’s been pushing already paltry yields down to almost nothing. On the five-year Treasury, there’s a 1.76% return, while today the yield on the 10-year declined to 2.99%. [What Providers are Bullish on T-notes?] A search on […]

Intel’s (NASDAQ: INTC) earnings were  a nice surprise for even the most bullish of analysts. Following the news, technology exchange traded funds (ETFs) soared, while the broader markets went more even-tempered. In its report, Intel said that its previous quarters had been driven by consumer spending, but in the most recent quarter, company server upgrades […]

Only a couple of months ago, investors were putting their faith in stocks. But now, the bears are rearing their heads once more, as evidenced by the surge in Treasury bonds and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). It has led to some of the best performance in Treasuries in years. The opinions and forecasts expressed […]

Economic uncertainty, lingering debt problems in Europe, tepid employment numbers and high volatility are just some of the reasons why the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have see-sawed in the part quarter. Still, investors found some safe havens and heavily traded in two particular asset classes. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely […]

A record number of assets is expected to continue flowing into bonds and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) this summer, renewing fears that there’s a bubble in this market. The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be […]

Another month has come and gone, and what a tumultuous one it was for the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Greece debt woes touched upon almost all facets of the markets, and investors ran for safety and comfort of the U.S. dollar. In the end, these five ETFs came out ahead. The opinions […]