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3 Surprising A+ ETFs

by on August 16, 2012 | Updated August 27, 2012

Cost-efficiency  and ease-of-use remain dominant themes in the ETF industry as investors of all walks have found themselves using this product wrapper. Everyone from active traders to buy-and-hold investors has embraced the exchange-traded product structure as the preferred vehicle when it comes to tapping into virtually any asset class. As with any financial instrument, however, with innovation also comes complexity; as a result, sorting through the growing lineup of over 1,400 ETPs can be an intimidating task for novice and seasoned investors alike [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Van Eck introduced the Market Vectors CEF Municipal Income ETF (XMPT) on Wednesday, giving investors another option for accessing a corner of the U.S. bond market that has been the subject of heated debate in recent weeks. The new ETF will seek to replicate the S-Network Municipal Bond Closed End Fund Index, a benchmark that includes U.S. CEFs that are designed to produce federally tax-exempt annual yield. Currently, the underlying index consists of about 88 closed end funds. Almost 95% of the underlying index is investment grade debt. [click to continue…]

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As investors have become more comfortable with the idea of achieving fixed income exposure through the exchange-traded structure, bond ETF assets have skyrocketed and the number of funds has increased rapidly. For those in higher tax brackets, municipal bonds have always been a popular option, as the tax-exempt feature of the interest payment boosts the […]

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Allstate Corp., the largest publicly-traded insurer of homes and automobiles in the U.S., announced this week that it is making some major shifts in its investment portfolio that now exceeds $100 billion. The Northbrook, Illinois-based company announced that it is reducing its exposure to commercial real estate and municipal bonds in favor of corporate debt.

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