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As markets brace for a rising interest rate environment, bond investors should begin to look to alternative investments, such as a strategic interest rate-hedging exchange traded fund, to limit the negative effects or even benefit from rising rates. Specifically, fixed-income investors can utilize long-short bond strategies to diminish rate risk. The Sit Rising Rate ETF […]

Short-term Treasury bond exchange traded funds are beginning to outperform their longer-term counterparts as investors ease up on Federal Reserve interest rate expectations and anticipate rising inflationary pressures. Over the past week, the iShares 1-3 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: SHY), Schwab Short-Term U.S. Treasury ETF (NYSEArca: SCHO) and Vanguard Short-Term Government Bond ETF (NYSEArca: […]

Goldman Sachs added a ultra-low-duration Treasury bond exchange traded fund in what may be a suitable alternative for investors seeking to park their cash. On Thursday, Goldman Sachs launched the Goldman Sachs Treasury Access 0-1 Year ETF (NYSEArca: GBIL). GBIL comes with a 0.14% expense ratio. “The bond trading environment has become more complicated. We […]

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen will give her much-anticipated Jackson Hole speech on Friday 10 a.m. Eastern, and depending on how dovish she seems, exchange traded funds on some of this year’s most popular plays may either continue to push higher or find an abrupt ceiling. Yellen has maintained a dovish stance throughout the year, […]

Despite selling off at the end of last week in response to speculation that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates this year, U.S. Treasury bonds and related exchange traded funds pushed higher Monday as foreign demand may still support the relatively more attractive U.S. bond market. On Monday, the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond […]

With the Bank of England now joining the bond purchasing spree, the additional accommodative measures will likely add further pressure on global borrowing costs, potentially supporting Treasuries and corporate bond exchange traded funds as international investors look to U.S. debt as a more attractive source of yields. Following the European Central Bank’s footsteps of buying […]

Investors have flocked to U.S. Treasuries and bond-related exchange traded funds in a world of negative-yielding sovereign debt. However, with U.S. Treasury yields hovering around three-decade lows, government debt looks pricey and fixed-income investors are now exposed to greater risks. The yield on 10-year Treasury bonds closed below 1.4% for the first time ever earlier […]

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Treasury bonds and related exchange traded funds have been on a tear as the yield on benchmark 10-year Treasury note dropped to its lowest level ever Wednesday. Year-to-date, the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) rose 8.6% and iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: TLT) gained 19.4%. Both funds are trading near […]

Treasury bond exchange traded funds maintained their momentum, with benchmark yields on 10-year notes dipping to a new record low on Friday, as investors feared Brexit would weigh on global growth and cause the Federal Reserve to push off interest rate hikes. On Friday, the iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEArca: IEF) rose 0.3% […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]