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With the Federal Reserve delaying its interest rate hike, municipal bond exchange traded funds maintained their momentum, with benchmark yields dipping to new lows. The iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) was slightly higher Wednesday, ending in the black for the 12th session in a row. MUB is up 3.2% year-to-date. Broad investment-grade […]

With plenty of assistance from the Federal Reserve’s refusal to raise interest rates to this point in 2016, fixed income exchange traded funds have been favored destinations for advisors and investors. Four of this year’s top 10 asset-gathering ETFs are bond funds, but some market observers are concerned investors are glossing over underlying weakness in […]

Rising supply is not always coupled with increasing demand, but both dynamics are currently at play for municipal bonds and that is providing a boost to municipal bond exchange traded funds, such as the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB), the largest muni-related ETF; SPDR Nuveen Barclays Short Term Municipal Bond ETF (NYSEArca: […]

In an extended low-yield environment, municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds have continued to perform, attracting billions in new inflows this year. According to Lipper data, muni bond funds had over $632 billion in assets as of June 1, a record high, after investors funneled a net $22.5 billion into muni-related funds in 2016, […]

Municipal bond exchange traded funds may not be the most exciting investment, but they have been maintained their momentum in 2016, providing investors with steady and stable returns. Fixed-income investors should take a second look at municipal bonds as they begin to fall behind Treasury bonds. “While tax-exempt munis have lagged strong-performing Treasuries so far […]

Fixed-income investors who follow the benchmark Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index may be missing out on the stability and yield opportunity found in municipal debt securities. Consequently, traders should consider including a muni bond exchange traded fund to round out their investment portfolios. Muni bonds help diversify a fixed-income portfolio and augment yields for those […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 yields are back to a half-century low, but muni bond exchange traded fund investors have not been dissuaded by the prospect of ultra-low payouts. Yields for muni debt securities are back to their lowest level since 1965 as a rally in safe-haven assets bolstered demand, reports Brian Chappatta for Bloomberg. The yield on […]

As people digest the changing Federal Reserve outlook, fixed-income investors may want to hold onto their municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded fund positions. “One area of the U.S. bond market that does merit attention is the municipal market,” according to Russ Koesterich, Global Chief Investment Strategist and Head of the Model Portfolio & Solutions […]

Municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded funds have been outperforming Treasuries and could maintain their momentum ahead as more investors turn to the relatively stable and strong asset. “The audience for the asset class continues to expand with increasing interest from non-traditional domestic and foreign buyers,” according to the BlackRock Municipals Group. “As demand is […]

As exchange traded fund providers fuel an ongoing fee war in an attempt to one-up each other to attract assets, investors should look beyond expense ratios and consider other factors that make an ETF suitable for their investment horizon. Earlier this month, BlackRock (NYSE: BLK) trimmed the fees on seven of its iShares Core ETFs, […]

Though municipal bonds and the exchange traded funds that hold that debt are viewed as potentially vulnerable to potential changes in Federal Reserve interest rate policy, these funds have remained popular with conservative income investors. Now, municipal bond investors could see a wave of new issuance as municipalities race to get bonds to market in […]

As the markets prepare for a rising interest rate environment, bond exchange traded fund investors may turn to more defensive strategies to prop up performance and mitigate rate risks. Charles Schwab strategists argue that fixed income will offer opportunities as the Federal Reserve is set to hike interest rates, but the strategies may boring, reports […]

Despite the billions that has flowed into exchange traded funds, the municipal bond ETF space still has plenty of room to grow. Through September 30, actively managed municipal-debt funds had $573 billion in assets under management, compared to just $20 billion for index funds – the largest active-to-passive difference for eight distinct fund types tracked […]

Municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded funds may not be glamorous, but local debt securities are outperforming corporate bonds and giving many other assets a run for their money. For instance, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB), which has a 4.72 year duration and a 1.64% 30-day SEC yield or a 2.89% […]

While the U.S. is stuck with an anemic inflation rate, investors can ride out a deflationary environment through certain assets and exchange traded funds. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total national rate of inflation was 0.2% in August, reports Jeff Cox for CNBC. Only the West had a positive Consumer Price Index […]

After the recent bout of volatility, investors may find an opportunity in the municipal bond market and related exchange traded funds. On the upcoming webcast, Attractive Value Now Seen in Municipal Bond Closed-End Funds, James Colby, senior municipal strategist at Van Eck Global, Paul Mazzilli, senior advisor for S-Network Global Indexes, and Michael Cohick, ETF […]

Despite the elevated volatility as a result of slowing economic growth and uncertainty over the Federal Reserve rate hike, investors may still find value in some fixed-income assets and related exchange traded funds. For instance, Russ Koesterich, global chief investment strategist and head of the model portfolio & solutions business at BlackRock, still favors a […]

While fixed-income investors may not experience another robust run in traditional bond assets, municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds may still offer stability in a volatile market environment. The munis market has been pressured this year by rising new issues, or greater supply, but Christopher Alwine, head of the municipal bond group at Vanguard, […]

The Vanguard Group has filled out a glaring gap in its fixed-income exchange traded fund investment suite, adding its first municipal bond ETF. On Tuesday, Vanguard introduced the Vanguard Tax-Exempt Bond Index Fund (NYSEArca: VTEB). “Vanguard is a pioneer in index investing and a leader in municipal bond fund management. Our new fund enables us […]

A fair number of commenters, callers and perma-bulls were relatively tough on me in May when I suggested a strategic decision to raise cash levels. They were even tougher on me when I mentioned the possibility of picking up safer havens like intermediate treasuries via iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond (IEF) and intermediate-to-long duration municipal […]

Municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds have been used as a relatively stable fixed-income stream. Nevertheless, investors should also be aware of the risks associated with the investment category. For starters, one should know how a state, county or other local government can meet its financial obligations, writes Manisha Thakor, director of Wealth Strategies […]

Fixed income investors can still find some yield generating opportunities and diversify with bond exchange traded funds. For instance, Rick Rieder, BlackRock’s chief investment officer of fundamental fixed income, believes that investors should take a look at municipal bonds as they are less correlated to Treasuries, CNBC reports. “We are overweight municipals,” according to a […]

After the recent pullback in the fixed-income market, it may be a good time to dive back into investment-grade corporate and municipal bond-related exchange traded funds. Wells Fargo’s fixed income strategist Jim Kochan argued that bonds look attractive when they are paying over 3% in interest, reports Amey Stone for Barron’s. Kochan also advised investors […]

The recent selling in the fixed-income space may provide opportunities for investors to jump back into tax-exempt muncipal bond exchange traded funds. “The recent correction in rates and muni-to-Treasury ratios has re-introduced value in the market, and we expect both retail and crossover buyers will take notice,” according to BlackRock. “We remain optimistic that the […]

The benchmark Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index provides a blueprint for many fixed-income portfolios, but it does not include many popular debt investments. Nevertheless, there are a number of exchange traded fund options to help fill in the gaps. The iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (NYSEArca: AGG), which tracks the Barclays US Aggregate Bond […]

As workers hang up their hats and plan for their golden years, retirees are browsing through exchange traded funds to meet their income needs, and there are a lot of yield-producing options to choose from. For instance, there are over 500 ETFs that offer better yields than 10-year U.S. Treasuries, and investors can breakdown the […]

Speculation that the Federal Reserve is close to raising interest rates is not chasing investors from fixed income exchange traded funds. Investors added $35.7 billion to bond ETFs in the first quarter. Municipal bond funds got in on the action. In the first quarter 2015, investors put $1.4 billion of fresh money into municipal bond […]