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Sell On The Pop Prospects: September 22nd Edition

by on September 22, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive short selling opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as sell candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in a downtrend based on the fact that it is trading below its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are popular indicators for gauging long-term and medium-term trends, respectively. [click to continue…]

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Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are popular indicators for gauging long-term and medium-term trends, respectively. [click to continue…]

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Looming uncertainties on Wall Street were finally eased on Wednesday, after Washington announced that it has come to a short-term agreement to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling. While these issues will once again be brought to the forefront come January, investors can once again focus on the markets and key economic […]

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The bulls have been giving up ground since last week following the massive rally that ensued as a result of the Federal Reserve delaying the much-anticipated bond taper. With stimulus fears off the table for now, investors have shifted their focus towards the debt ceiling debate as the next possible catalyst that may trigger a […]

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Stocks have been on an absolute tear this week with major U.S. equity benchmarks soaring to all-time highs amid renewed stimulus hopes. Bullish momentum permeated the marketplace on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve surprised many with its decision to hold off from scaling back on bond-repurchases this time around; as a result, cyclical securities have […]

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The U.S. bull market rages on five years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, although not everyone on Wall Street is convinced that we’re out of the woods just yet. The stock markets’ stellar run-up since the March 2009 bottom is undeniably encouraging, but stagnant growth in the domestic labor market coupled with a lackluster […]

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By Russ Koesterich, CFA iShares Global Chief Investment Strategist As a number of market watchers have pointed out recently, high yield doesn’t look so junky anymore. High yield spreads are historically tight, at levels not seen since the fall of 2007 as the chart below shows, meaning there’s currently a much smaller difference in yield between […]

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While the bread-and-butter of the ETF industry has been index-tracking products, active ETFs are quickly growing in popularity as several funds have gained critical mass with investors. There are now more than 55 different active ETFs with a combined $13 billion and counting in total assets under management. More importantly, these funds have allowed retail […]

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Matt Tucker, CFA, is the iShares Head of Fixed Income Strategy and a regular contributor to the iShares Blog.  In an earlier post I examined the mysterious rise in interest rates that we have seen in the first quarter the past few years. Each year we’ve seen rates creep higher from January to March, and […]

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Interest in high yield bond ETFs has been on the rise ever since the Federal Reserve implemented its ultra-low rate policy following the 2007 housing market bubble. This breed of fixed-income securities has been popular among investors of all sizes looking to beef up their portfolio’s current return without incurring handfuls of volatility. High yield […]

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Despite talk of an imminent sharp rise in interest rates, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note is back below 2%. This is more evidence that the much vaunted “Great Rotation” out of bonds has yet to occur. (Otherwise, bond prices would have fallen and yields would have gone up.) The great rotation was always […]

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The New Fixed Income World

by on March 25, 2013 | Updated March 26, 2013

In previous blog posts, I wrote about how the economic and investment world has evolved over the past five years. Now, as the latest Federal Reserve meeting finishes up, I wanted to delve a little more into how the fixed income landscape in particular has changed, thanks in a big part to the actions of […]

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