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As the U.S. market continues to recover, Ben Bernanke has announced his loose plan to ween the economy off the Federal money it has relied on heavily since 2008. While this is good news for the future of investing and will strengthen economic conditions in the long term, many investors have been overly flighty during transition discussions. In recent months, the dollar and bond rates have fallen a number of times before Bernanke has spoken, only to bounce back stronger than before once he finishes. While the dollar seems to finally be on the way up, this is not great news for all investors and has really affected the returns of a number of ETFs [for more ETF analysis, make sure to sign up for our free ETF newsletter].

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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 each year rates have ended December lower than where they started out earlier in the year. While we have no way of knowing if this will be the case again in 2013, ETF flows in Q1 definitely illustrated investors’ concerns that the slight rate rise we were experiencing was a taste of things to come [see 7 Articles ETF Investors Must Read: 4/18].

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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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Yield, it seems, continues to be on the minds of investors everywhere. With interest rates continuing to hug record lows, finding meaningful current returns has become a continuous struggles for a wide range of investors. Many asset classes that traditionally supply meaningful yields have dried up, sending investors on a quest for alternatives that can […]

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Bond ETFs For Every Objective

by on February 1, 2012 | Updated February 5, 2012

As the lineup of exchange-traded products has expanded dramatically in recent years, financial advisors have found themselves with more tools at their disposal than ever before. The extreme granularity of many of the equity products out there allows for cheap, low maintenance targeting of specific corners of the investable universe, while the development of some […]

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Just a few years ago there were only a handful of bond ETFs available to U.S. investors, and almost all of them focused on securities from U.S. issuers denominated in U.S. dollars. One of the most noteworthy innovations to shape the ETF industry over the last several years has been a significant growth in international […]

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The third quarter got off to a sizzling start in the ETF industry; a surge in asset prices boosted asset levels significantly after two months of freefalls, and the product development activity remained strong after a busy month of September. Close to 30 new products began trading last month, including many first-to-market ideas that have […]

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Markets Clear Technical Hurdle

by on October 22, 2011

Earnings season is well underway and investors on Wall Street appear to be quite content with the latest round of corporate performance results from industry leaders. Debt-woes stemming from the Euro zone continue to dominate headlines as investors anxiously await for policymakers to agree upon a comprehensive plan in the near future. Domestic equity indexes […]

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iShares, the firm behind the most popular ETF in the Emerging Markets Bonds ETFdb Category, rolled out another similar product to complement EMB on Thursday. The new Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond Fund (LEMB) will offer investors exposure to debt of emerging markets issuers that is denominated in local currencies, such as the South Korean […]

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