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Investors had plenty to celebrate this holiday weekend, as the S&P 500 pushed back into positive territory for 2011 after the index’s three-day winning streak. Despite the announcement of several dreary and unimpressive U.S. economic reports, stock markets continued to gain steam throughout the week, finishing off strong at the end of Friday’s trading session. Investors also cheered the break in the latest Congressional deadlock, which resulted in the temporary extension of the payroll tax cut. Although 2011 is likely to be a year many will be eager to forget, there might still be hope for investors to see at least some numbers in the green during the last few trading days of the year.

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Accretive Asset Management LLC announced last week the launch of a family of high yield bond indexes that could soon be the basis for a new suite of exchange-traded funds. The BulletShares USD High Yield Corporate Bond Indices are maturity-targeted benchmarks that measure the performance of U.S. dollar denominated non-investment grade bonds. Each index includes junk bonds scheduled to mature in a certain year, meaning that securities seeking to replicate the performance will have a cash flow profile similar to that of an individual held-to-maturity bond. [click to continue…]

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In recent years, investors have grown increasingly comfortable with the thought of achieving their fixed income exposure through ETFs. Through the first six months of 2010, bond ETFs had seen cash inflows of more than $18 billion, nearly half of the total for the ETF industry as a whole. Many of the most popular bond […]

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Investors hoping to coast through the summer months learned early in June that a summer slowdown wasn’t in the cards. Trading volumes remained elevated throughout the month, and volatility continued its impressive climb higher. With the latest developments out of Europe continuing to ripple through the global economy and fresh concerns about the best approach […]

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The latest innovation in the rapidly-growing fixed income ETF space was rolled out on Friday, as Claymore introduced a line of seven ETFs, each of which focuses on corporate bonds with maturity dates falling in a specific year. The new ETFs are:

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The impressive pace of expansion in the ETF industry slowed a bit in May, as issuers introduced fewer new funds than in previous months. Still, more than a dozen new ETFs began trading last  month, including some first-to-market products, a few ETFs that will go head-to-head with established products, and the second coming of an […]

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Claymore, the Lisle, Illinois-based ETF issuer known for its line of international and sector-specific equity funds, recently filed details on a unique series of corporate bond ETFs. The recent filings included additional details on products first mentioned in November, including:

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