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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. […]

After years of outperforming, the equities market bull rally is running out of steam, with a number of global uncertainties weighing on riskier assets. Consequently, overweight stock exchange traded fund investors may want to consider revisiting the fixed-income theme. “What does a low-growth world, pricey stock valuations and a more cautious Fed add up to? […]

Fixed-income exchange traded fund investors have largely been worried about a rising rate environment as the Federal Reserve plans rate hikes later this year. However, people should not neglect the negative effects of higher inflation. “One of the greatest risk to retirees’ portfolios is inflation,” Marie Dzanis, Head of Distribution for FlexShares and Northern Trust, […]

While U.S. equities recorded modest gains in the month of May, exchange traded fund investors largely targeted popular plays that staged a pullback, re-positioning to potentially capture further value ahead. The SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEArca: GLD) was the most popular ETF play of May, attracting almost $2.7 billion in net inflows, according to ETF.com data. […]

In anticipation of rising inflationary pressures ahead, fixed-income investors have turned to a number of Treasury inflation protected securities and bond-related exchange traded funds. U.S. core inflation, which excludes more volatile oil and food prices, increased 0.1% in March, according to Reuters. Core CPI also ran 2.2% in March year-over-year after gaining 2.3% in February. […]

After the Federal Reserve suggested that it is willing to see inflation rise before hiking interest rates, fixed-income investors turned to Treasury inflation protected securities and bond-related exchange traded funds to hedge against the negative effects of higher consumer prices. In March, the iShares TIPS Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TIP) attracted $832.3 million in net inflows, […]

Fixed-income investors are easing into Treasury inflation protected securities and bond-related ETFs Investors are shifting into TIPS assets as U.S. core PCE inflation rose 1.7% year-over-year in January With deflationary concerns at all time highs, contrarian investors may be turning to TIPS to get a head start on rising inflation After deflation fears hit record highs, […]

Consumer prices are slowly rising, and the markets are likely underestimating inflation expectations. Consequently, fixed-income exchange traded fund investors may want to consider Treasury bond inflation-protected securities to diversify against inflation ahead. “Today’s inflation expectations are most likely too low,” according to Russ Koesterich, Global Chief Investment Strategist and Head of Model Portfolio & Solution Business […]

Exchange traded funds that track U.S. Treasuries have attracted inflows for 10 consecutive weeks, the longest period in almost five years, as global volatility and economic uncertainty fueled safe-haven demand. According to Lipper data, U.S. Treasury funds attracted $1.6 billion in net inflows for the week ended February 17, bringing the net inflows this year […]

As many expected the Federal Reserve will only gradually raise interest rates, investors can still hold on to Treasuries for income exposure. However, people may want to consider Treasury inflation protected securities and related exchange traded funds in the event the unrealistically low inflation expectations prove to be wrong. “With the economy unable to break […]

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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 many anticipate a rising rate environment ahead, investors should not forgo fixed-income assets and bond exchange traded funds in a diversified portfolio. “We are in a potential rising-interest-rate environment, and initially this will have a negative impact on bond and equity markets,” R. M. Zalatimo, managing director, National Securities Corp., said in a CNBC […]

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 […]

With U.S. consumer prices recording their largest decline in six years, Treasury Inflation-Protected securities and related exchange traded funds continue to underperform traditional government debt assets. Over the past year, the iShares TIPS Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TIP), which has a 7.66 year duration, increased 4.7%, whereas the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF), […]

Treasury inflation protected securities have been used as a go-to hedge for rising prices. However, there are a number of other assets and exchange traded funds investors can utilize to shield against inflationary pressures. “A lot of people think TIPS are a magic bullet for their portfolio,” Greg Ghodsi, managing director of investments at 360 […]

Traditional inflation-hedging assets and related exchange traded funds are losing ground as the longest commodity decline in over two decades helped keep a lid on consumer prices. For instance, inflation hedging tools such as Treasury Inflation Protected securities have underperformed traditional government debt assets. The iShares TIPS Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TIP), which has a 7.64 […]

With low inflationary pressure and the cost of living in the U.S. unexpectedly lower in August, Treasury inflation protected securities and related exchange traded funds may continue to underperform U.S. Treasuries. The iShares TIPS Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TIP) dipped 0.5% Wednesday, whereas the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) was down 0.1%. Year-to-date, […]

In response to rising rate expectations and inflationary pressure, fixed-income investors are picking out short-term Treasury Inflation Protected Securities and related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the FlexShares iBoxx 3-Year Target Duration TIPS Index Fund (NYSEArca: TDTT) is up 0.8%, PIMCO 1-5 Year U.S. TIPS ETF (NYSEArca: STPZ) is up 1.1% and Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities […]

Treasury inflation protected securities are underperforming other government bond exchange traded funds as inflation inched up at its slowest pace in five months. The iShares TIPS Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TIP) declined 0.1% over the past week, whereas the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) gained 0.5%. [Treasury Bond ETFs Don’t Look Frothy] TIP, […]

Instead of painstakingly picking out individual stocks, investors can utilize broad index-based exchange traded funds to efficiently and cheaply diversify their portfolios. The chances of a regular investor crafting an outperforming portfolio are pretty slim as even the average active manager has a hard time outperforming benchmark indices. Most often than not, the time and […]

Inflation is starting to pick up and people should begin to hedge accordingly. For instance, investors can take a look at Treasury inflation protected securities, along with related exchange traded funds, to help keep rising consumer prices from eating away at their fixed-income portfolios. The index for personal consumption expenditures rose to 1.8% in May, […]

Exchange traded funds that track Treasury inflation protected securities strengthened Thursday on huge demand from investors seeking to hedge against inflationary pressures. The iShares TIPS Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TIP), the largest TIPS-related ETF, rose 0.2% Thursday. TIP has increased 4.7% year-to-date On Thursday, a $13 billion auction of 10-year Treasury TIPS attracted the largest demand […]

The iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) and the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) are among the 10 best ETFs this year in terms of asset-gathering proficiency. Combined, IEF and TLT have brought in almost $4.6 billion, underscoring the difficulty of betting against an asset class that in 2013 was […]

With the U.S. economy humming along, inflation expectations are rising, and investors are turning back to exchange traded funds that track Treasuries tied to the cost-of-living increases. The 12 ETFs that track Treasury Inflation Protected Securities saw $399 million in inflows over March, the first time combined inflows surpassed redemptions since August 2012, Bloomberg reports. […]

When building a retirement nest egg, people will typically set aside a portion of their portfolios for conservative, fixed-income allocations. With exchange traded funds, investors can customize bond holdings as they see fit. For example, in an aggressive ETF portfolio for couples with a 25-year or longer time frame until retirement, investors should have about […]

State Street’s (NYSE: STT) State Street Global Advisors, the second-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, launched the SPDR Barclays 0-5 Year TIPS ETF (NYSEArca: SIPE) today. SIPE “seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the Barclays 0-5 Year US Government Inflation-linked Bond […]

While not as big a problem right now, inflation will eventually begin to rise as years of loose monetary policies and stimulus measures put pressure on prices. Meanwhile, exchange traded fund investors have a number of options to hedge against a rise in consumer prices. In a white paper, GMO’s James Montier points out several […]

Treasury Inflation Protected Securities exchange traded funds have underperformed traditional Treasuries, with TIPS set to see their worst annual decline since they first began trading, as inflation failed to rear its ugly head. The iShares TIPS Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TIP), which has a 7.55 real yield duration and a 0.06% 30-day SEC yield, declined 8.0% […]