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U.S. Treasury bond exchange traded funds maintained their momentum Monday, with yields on benchmark 10-year notes nearing record lows, as investors continued to jump into safe-haven assets following the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union. The PIMCO 25+ Year Zero Coupon US Treasury (NYSEArca: ZROZ) was among the best performing non-leveraged ETF Monday, […]

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. […]

As the Brexit referendum results triggered a global risk-off event, exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track safe-haven plays surged on the increased volatility. For instance, gold jumped the most since the 2008 financial downturn as traders turned to the Brexit haven, Bloomberg reports. Gold futures jumped as much as 8.1% on three times the average […]

Treasury bonds exchange traded funds have surged this year, with Treasuries enjoying their best start to a year since 2003, as global economic weakness and increased uncertainty, such as the upcoming “Brexit” vote, bolstered demand for safe-havens. Among the best performing Treasury bond ETFs so far this year, he iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF […]

The slow economic outlook coupled with uncertainty over central bank policies and a U.K. referendum have pressured the equities markets. Investors, though, can mitigate the risks by diversifying into exchange traded funds that track safe-haven assets. Among the list of concerns, an ongoing earnings recession in the U.S., an upcoming U.S. presidential election, an unclear […]

Fueling market uncertainty, the United Kingdom will vote for the so-called Brexit referendum on whether or not it will remain in the European Union, potentially precipitating wide-reaching volatility on global markets and exchange traded funds. Debate on the Brexit vote has heated up as we draw closer to the June 23 referendum date. While many […]

Franklin Templeton, a long-time active fund manager, has rolled out its first group of passive global exchange traded funds that track customized or smart-beta indices. The fund provider recently launched the Franklin LibertyQ International Equity Hedged ETF (NYSEArca: FLQH), Franklin LibertyQ Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: FLQE), Franklin LibertyQ Global Dividend ETF (NYSEArca: FLQG) and Franklin […]

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, […]

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 […]

Global central banks have cut interest rates to near zero, with some pushing into negative territory. As yield-starved global investors seek alternative avenues of income, more may turn to relatively more attractive U.S. government debt, supporting U.S. Treasuries-related exchange traded funds (ETFs). For instance, after the Bank of Japan implemented negative interest rates, BlackRock’s fixed-income […]

Many market observers follow the old adage “sell in May and go away,” but traders who are sticking around can hedge against the summer doldrums with leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds (ETFs). “Depending on which side of the fence you’re on, if you’re a trader you have choices,” according to Direxion Investments. “Sell in […]

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. […]

Despite Thursday’s pullback, exchange traded fund flows suggest investors are in a risk-on rally mode as ETFs that track safe-haven assets have been experiencing redemptions. The equities market have been bouncing back over the past month, with the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) rising 3.0%, as investors turned risk-on after stocks dipped into a […]

Investors can use leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds to hedge a long position against sudden turns or capture short-term trends in more volatile market conditions. On the recent webcast, Tactical Strategies to Combat Market Volatility, Sylvia Jablonski, Managing Director and Co-Head of the Capital Markets & Institutional Strategy Team at Direxion, points out that […]

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, […]

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 […]

Treasury bond-related ETFs could continue to weaken as rising inflation and Federal Reserve interest rate normalization send yields higher Investors have raised bets on the Fed moving rates in 2016 after a gauge of inflation expectations The probability of the Fed hiking rates this year rose to 78%, the highest in two months Despite concerns about […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

U.S. Treasury bonds and related ETFs find support from yield-starved foreign investors U.S. Treasuries strengthened, along with Japanese Government Bond, on renewed safe-haven demand As yields on foreign government debt slip lower, other highly rated country debt grows relatively more attractive As yields on international government debt fall to new lows, U.S. Treasury bonds and related […]

Fixed-income exchange traded fund investors who are looking for some value in the bond market may want to take a look at emerging market debt. BlackRock analysts argue that bond valuations already reflect low commodity prices and global central banks’ dovish stance makes riskier assets more attractive, The Malay Mail Online reports. “It is premature […]

U.S. Treasury bonds and related exchange traded funds have been an attractive option this year as safe-haven demand and relatively higher yields help attract investors. Richard Clarida, global strategic advisor and managing director at PIMCO, argues that the global uncertainty has pushed more investors toward U.S. bonds, reports Kate Rooney for CNBC. “As you have […]

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 […]

With overnight rates at historic lows, people have not been getting much out of their money market funds. Alternatively, investors seeking a cash alternative can turn to ultra-short-term bond exchange traded funds. According to Lipper data, there is about $2.7 trillion in U.S. money market funds, down from $3.8 trillion at the end of 2008 […]

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 […]

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 benchmarks Treasury yields nearing record lows, investors may want to stick to government debt securities and bond-related exchange traded funds as more continue to pare bets on further Federal Reserve interest rate hikes. Treasury bond ETFs that track government debt securities with long-term maturities have been strengthening. For instance, the iShares 20+ Year Treasury […]