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The Best and Worst Bond ETFs of 2014

by on December 22, 2014 | Updated December 24, 2014

It has been an interesting year for fixed income markets, as diverging monetary policies and mixed economic reports from across the globe played major roles in bond performances [see also The Best and Worst Performing Dividend ETFs of 2014]. [click to continue…]

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Wall Street started off the week on a relatively positive note, with the S&P 500 managing to log in a record close. Though Tuesday saw another day of record closes by the S&P 500 and the Dow, equities cooled off from highs by Wednesday in anticipation of the Federal Reserve’s minutes release. In economic news, the Commerce Department announced yesterday that housing starts fell 2.8% in October, while building permits rose 4.8%. Analysts expected a 0.8% rise in housing starts and a 0.6% rise in building permits. [click to continue…]

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While equity ETFs may be the most popular choice among investors, the fixed income fund universe has expanded tremendously over the years, offering investors exposure to a wide array of bond types and issuers. While fixed-income exposure is a key component of any long-term, buy-and-hold portfolio, most funds only focus on U.S. bonds. In this […]

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Bill Gross shocked the investing world on September 26, 2014 when he announced that he would be leaving PIMCO for rival Janus Capital Group. Gross co-founded PIMCO and spent over 40 years earning a name as one of the most famous fixed income managers of all time, which made his exit all the more surprising. Since […]

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Vident Financial expanded its ETF lineup today, making the move into the fixed income space. The issuer was previously known for two funds, the International Equity Fund (VIDI), and the Core U.S. Equity ETF (VUSE). Both of these funds have been relatively successful, which bodes well for the product Vident launched this morning [for more ETF news […]

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The Barclays Capital U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is among the most popular fixed income benchmarks in the world. So popular, in fact, that it has become synonymous with the term “total bond market.” With nearly 9,000 bonds under its wing, the index has been tracked by funds of all shapes and sizes around the industry. […]

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The ETF world saw a big step forward on the innovation front last week, as ProShares debuted two ETFs that utilize credit default swaps for their investment strategy: the CDS North American HY Credit ETF (TYTE) and the CDS Short North American HY Credit ETF (WYDE). These actively managed funds are the first of their kind and are arguably […]

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The inevitable interest rate hike has prompted many investors to re-think their equity exposure, and perhaps more importantly, their allocation to bonds in recent weeks. Founded in early 2004, AltaVista Research recently announced the launch of its Fixed Income ETF Coverage via the firm’s ETF Research Center website, which is aimed at helping investors to more favorably […]

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The ETF world continued to widen the investing universe this week, as two new funds debuted. There are now approximately 1,650 U.S.-listed ETFs that are currently active with well over $2 trillion in total assets. Though exchange traded products still have a ways to go before they de-throne mutual funds, their low cost and transparent […]

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The ever expanding ETF universe continues to spawn innovative financial instruments allowing for self-directed investors to access previously hard-to-reach strategies and asset classes. For fixed-income investors, the roster of exchange-traded funds has grown to include products that virtually mimic actual bond investing; that is to say, investors can now more closely replicate the bond investing […]

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A black swan event is one that is unprecedented and unexpected; they take swarms of people by surprise and have a pronounced impact. These can be both positive and negative events, though the term has become more associated with negativity. A number of these events have impacted the investing world over the years, creating a […]

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Fixed income exposure has been a staple for many investors, as historically these products have offered steady sources of current income as well as relatively low levels of risk. Often referred to as the “safe haven” asset class, bonds have typically been the go-to investment for those building a long-term, buy-and-hold portfolio. In recent years, ETFs […]

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