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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 […]

The Federal Reserve may soon allow U.S. banks to hold municipal bonds to meet liquidity rules, opening up more demand for municipal securities and potentially lifting munis-related exchange traded funds. After the fall off in March, munis have remained relatively flat for the year. Year-to-date, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) gained […]

The municipal bond market and munis-related exchange traded funds are experiencing their best March rally in seven years as investors shifted into the tax-favorable asset ahead of the April filing deadline. Ever since the March 6 low, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) gained 1.6%, SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (NYSEArca: […]

With the equities market seesawing again, investors may want to revisit fixed-income assets like municipal bond exchange traded funds for a more conservative play. Broad muni bond ETFs provide diverse exposure to a pool of municipal debt. For instance, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB), the largest muni ETF option, has a […]

After posting their first monthly decline in over a year, municipal bond exchange traded funds may offer a decent buying opportunity. In February, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) fell 1.0%, SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TFI) declined 1.6% and Market Vectors Intermediate Municipal Index ETF (NYSEArca: ITM) decreased 1.7%. […]

Municipal bond exchange traded funds are finally pulling back as a stronger U.S. economy pushed up interest rates and municipalities begin issuing more debt. Over the past month, the iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) fell 1.6%, SPDR Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TFI) declined 1.6% and Market Vectors Intermediate Municipal Index […]

Even with the specter of higher interest rates looming, some investors are not shying away from municipal bond exchange traded funds. To this point, 2015 has been a banner year for inflows to fixed income ETFs and data indicate muni ETFs are getting in on that action. Investors “have added about $1 billion to ETFs […]

Fixed-income assets and bond-related exchange traded funds have become the go-to investments for conservative investors seeking stable returns. However, with yields pushed down across the globe, fixed-income investments are highly susceptible to bouts of volatility. “The risk in bonds has gone up,” Francesco Garzarelli, co-head of macro and markets research at Goldman Sachs Group, said […]

After yields dipped lower this year, fixed-income investors may find better yield opportunities in municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds. The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield is hovering around 1.8% after touching its lowest since May 2013 in January. Meanwhile, investment-grade 10-year municipal bond yields an equivalent 3.5% for investors in the 28% federal tax […]

Municipal bond exchange traded funds have been on a tear, and the munis market still looks relatively cheap compared to U.S. Treasuries. The iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (NYSEArca: MUB) has increased 8.8% over the past year. [Diversify with a Cheap, Broad Munis Bond ETF] Benchmark 10-year muni yields dipped 0.28 percentage point to […]

Fixed-income investors may be paying more than necessary when purchasing individual municipal debt securities. On the other hand, people can use munis exchange traded funds for a cheap way to access the market. Three U.S. regulators have began scrutinizing municipal bond markup fees that could cut into investor returns, reports Aaron Kuriloff for the Wall […]