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2013 was another year full of record-low interest rates, prompting income investors to turn their attention elsewhere. For the past few years, dividend ETFs have been among the hottest in the investing space, as many individuals and institutions have sought the income stream these products offer. While a strong dividend is nice, receiving it from a security that lost ground during the year may not be enough to overcome the damage that was done. On the flip side, a dividend from a security that saw strong gains is an added bonus for many [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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As investors have grown frustrated with near-zero rates in the U.S., dividend investing has become a staple in the portfolios of many. Though Ben Bernanke will leave the Fed Chair position in January, it is largely believed that interest rates will not be touched until mid-2015 at the very earliest; this has caused many investors to look beyond the fixed income sector for yield. Those that seek or even rely on annual income from yields have been turning to dividend ETFs as an outlet, helping to propel a number of these products further [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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With interest rates looking to stay near zero for some time yet, yield-hungry investors have taken to equity markets for juicier sources of income. And in the world of exchange-traded products, dividend ETFs have become even more popular in recent years, thanks to their low costs, transparency, and wide array of dividend-focused strategies. Whether you […]

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Today’s fixed income environment seems to be turned on its head. It used to be that U.S. Treasuries were thought of as one of the safest possible allocations one could make; whether or not this is still the case, the public perception has certainly shifted. After watching Congress bump up against defaults on more than […]

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Though lingering concerns over Fed tapering have weighed heavily on the markets in recent months, this week investors shifted their focus to Congress as they continue to struggle to come to a bipartisan budget agreement. Since Tuesday, the U.S. federal government officially shut down, closing its doors to all “non-essential” operations.  Though equity markets initially […]

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U.S. equities took a turn for the worse today, as investors kept a close eye on rising Treasury yields and weighed the impacts of the Fed potentially scaling back its massive bond buying program. In corporate news, student loan giant Sallie Mae has announced it will be splitting its operations, with the consumer banking leaving […]

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When it comes to portfolio allocation strategies, most investors strive to cast a wide net over the entire investment landscape, capturing both lucrative opportunities and diversification benefits. While there are numerous strategies that can be used to achieve this objective, ETF issuers have sought to fill this demand with the introduction of multi-asset ETFs. As […]

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Though equity markets have certainly picked up the pace over the last several years, the near-zero interest rate environment has still proven to be an obstacle for investors. Many have found it challenging to secure meaningful yields from asset classes that were once at the core of income strategies, forcing investors to look to alternative […]

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The bull run has continued on Wall Street as upbeat economic data makes it hard for investors to take profits surrounded by all of the optimism. The Dow Jones Industrial Average kept its multi-week winning streak going on Wednesday after retail sales blew past analyst estimates; this figure posted growth of 1.1% in February, marking a […]

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With Treasury interest rates expected to stay at near-zero levels for the foreseeable future, many investors have found it challenging to secure meaningful yields from asset classes that were once the core of income strategies. While finding high-yielding investments is a difficult task, it certainly isn’t impossible. There are dozens of dividend ETFs (and ETNs) that offer potential […]

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For those outside of 401(k) and other employer-sponsored retirement accounts, exchange-traded funds are rapidly taking the place of mutual funds as the product of choice for investors searching for diversification at a low price. Not only can ETFs provide a diversified vehicle for capital appreciation, they can also provide healthy and impressive dividends for the […]

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ETF Tools Every Investor Needs

by on August 29, 2012 | Updated May 9, 2014

With more than 1,400 exchange-traded products now available, financial advisors and retail investors have at their fingertips an unprecedented array of tools for building long-term portfolios, establishing tactical tilts, and exploiting short-term imbalances between various asset classes. With that luxury of choice comes some potential challenges; there are now multiple options for many investment objectives–sometimes […]

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