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Inflation

4 Yellen-Friendly ETFs

by on January 28, 2014

After eight years of serving at the helm of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke’s term will expire on Saturday, when his successor Janet Yellen will take over. Yellen (who is currently the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve) will be the first woman to hold the position of Chairperson of the Federal Reserve, making February 1st a monumental day in her career. Now, all economic eyes will turn to her, as questions of tapering and further quantitative easing have been surrounding the market for years. These questions have created a sense of anxiety on the Street, as investors look to Yellen to keep the bull run alive. [click to continue…]

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Last week, Wall Street focused its attention on the latest developments on the Fed front as Ben Bernanke testified before the Senate’s Joint Economic Committee in Washington. In his testimony, the chairman reported that the central bank will remain on its current course of action–the $85 billion per month bond purchasing program–though investors may see monetary policy changes in the “near” future. When asked if the Fed had a timeline or plan as to how they will unwind their massive stimulus measures, Bernanke simply replied “I don’t know.” The latest FOMC minutes also reflected the chairman’s uncertainty, stating that a number of participants favored scaling back the bond-buying program, but views differed about what evidence would be necessary to make such a drastic change [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].  [click to continue…]

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How To Hedge With ETFs

by on March 4, 2013 | Updated May 23, 2013

ETFs have rightfully earned the approval of countless buy-and-hold investors as these financial vehicles have proven to be cost-efficient portfolio building blocks. With over 1,400 exchange traded products (ETPs) on the market, it’s also no surprise that more tactical investors and savvy traders have also embraced these instruments for their ease-of-use, transparency and unparalleled liquidity. […]

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Vanguard made an addition to its fixed income ETF lineup this week, rolling out a new fund that targets inflation-protected Treasuries with five years or less remaining to maturity. The new Vanguard Short-Term Inflation-Protected Securities ETF (VTIP) will seek to replicate the performance of the Barclays U.S. 0-5 Year TIPS Index, a benchmark that includes inflation […]

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Last month, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke unveiled the latest creation from the central bank – the infamous QE3. As details continue to emerge about the next round of quantitative easing, many investors, including a number of hot-shot analysts and experts, have been weighing in on how they believe the new stimulus measures will pan out. Some have received the […]

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ETF Plays To Heed Bill Gross’ Warnings

by on September 10, 2012 | Updated September 24, 2012

Since the unprecedented financial crash of 2008, investors have witnessed some of the most radical and controversial practices being adopted by our central bank to save our sputtering economy. Perhaps the most sensational of the measures taken were the infamous quantitative easing programs, where the Fed proceeded to “monetize” the debt by printing  massive amounts […]

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Innovation in the ETF industry has become standard over the past several years, with countless first-to-market products opening up new asset classes and strategies. And it turns out that the U.S. isn’t the only place where product development is going full throttle; our neighbors to the north have recently rolled out some rather unique exchange-traded […]

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PIMCO Launches Active TIPS ETF (ILB)

by on May 1, 2012 | Updated June 22, 2012

PIMCO, fresh off the extremely successful launch of its Total Return ETF (BOND), has rolled out another actively managed bond fund that taps into a corner of the fixed income market that has generated significant interest in recent years. The new Global Advantage Inflation-Linked Bond Strategy Fund (ILB) will be comprised of inflation-protected bonds, securities […]

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If the second half of 2011 was characterized by rampant stock market volatility and looming uncertainty, the atmosphere on Wall Street could be described as the exact opposite thus far in 2012. Economic data releases on the home front have taken center stage in recent months as better-than-expected results from the labor and housing markets have […]

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ProShares continues to beef up its lineup of alternative ETFs, recently rolling out a pair of products that offer leveraged exposure to “breakeven inflation.” The new ETFs will deliver 3x and -3x daily leveraged exposure to indexes comprised of both long and short positions in ten-year bonds, with the goal of giving investors tools for […]

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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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ProShares is continuing to build out its suite of ETFs offering exposure to alternatives, announcing this week the launch of a pair of funds designed to offer exposure to “breakeven inflation.” That term refers to the spread difference in yield between Treasuries and TIPS (i.e., the yield on Treasuries less the yield on TIPS of […]

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