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Over the last several years, investors have witnessed central banks from around the world take unprecedented measures to recover from catastrophic financial crises. From the Fed’s prolific “quantitative easing” strategies to the Bank of Japan’s massive asset purchase program, the world’s most influential governments continue to stress easy money policies in an effort to lower yields and spur economic activity. And while the success of these programs is still under scrutiny, one thing for certain is that investors’ hunt for yield in the government bond market has become increasingly difficult [see Single Country ETFs: Everything Investors Need To Know]. [click to continue…]

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With the first half of 2012 coming to a close, investors find themselves perhaps only partially through a rocky roller coaster ride. Europe has undeniably been the story of 2012 to this point, and will likely continue to steer global equity markets in the second half. So it’s no surprise perhaps that there are plenty of interesting performance and volatility figures from the Europe ETFs that have become increasingly popular as trading vehicles amidst the volatility. The gaps between the strong and weak members of the euro zone have perhaps never been greater–as shown nicely below [see the Euro-Free ETFdb Portfolio].

Though we have been living under the notion that correlations of risky asset classes have been moving towards 1.0, there is ample evidence to support a contrary viewpoint. The difference between the best and worst European ETF is massive, and even the various bond markets on the continent have delivered very different results this year.  [click to continue…]

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ProShares announced the launch this week of its German Sovereign/Sub-Sovereign ETF (GGOV), which will offer U.S. investors exposure to one of the world’s largest bond markets. The new ETF is linked to the Markit iBoxx EUR Germany Sovereign & Sub-Sovereign Liquid Index, a benchmark that consists of debt issued by the German government or by local governments […]

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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 […]


Top 10 Noteworthy ETF Trends Of 2011

by on December 26, 2011 | Updated November 21, 2012

The curtain is about to drop on 2011, a year that will go down as a record-breaking period for the rapidly-expanding ETF industry. More than 300 exchange-traded products began trading this year, with dozens of issuers rolling out new products. While some of the new additions bear a striking resemblance to more established products on […]

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2011: A Year Of ETF Firsts

by on December 6, 2011

2011 has been arguably one the busiest ever for the ETF industry, as we are on pace to break through 300 new launches for the year. As we rapidly approach 1,400 total funds in the space, it can be a daunting task to try and keep up with the tidal wave of new products that […]

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Bond ETFs

by on November 22, 2011 | Updated September 22, 2014

Interest in achieving fixed income exposure through exchange-traded funds has been a hot topic in recent years, with some advisors expressing serious concerns over the potential shortcomings in bond ETFs while others have fully embraced the efficiencies of the exchange-traded structure [see Are Bond ETFs Broken?].


Six Noteworthy ETF Innovations

by on November 16, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

Since the ETF industry was conceived in 1993, innovation has been a hallmark of this rapidly-expanding corner of the investing landscape. Thanks to a unique structure that allows for liquidity, transparency, and tax efficiency, ETFs have quickly and consistently taken market share from other types of securities, bringing newfound flexibility to all types of portfolios. […]


PowerShares rolled out a pair of ETNs offering inverse exposure to Japanese government bonds, rounding out a suite of products delivering targeted exposure to one of the world’s largest debt markets. The new ETNs join the existing Japanese Government Bond Futures ETN (JGBL) and 3x Japanese Government Bond Futures ETN (JGBT), both of which are […]

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Bond fund giant PIMCO continued the string of impressive innovation that has produced a robust lineup of international bond ETFs this week, rolling out a pair of new funds focusing on fixed income securities from German and Canadian issuers. The two new ETFs, both of which are indexed products, join an Australian bond ETF that […]

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Using ETFs To Build A Complete Bond Portfolio

by on August 18, 2011 | Updated December 8, 2014

In recent years, ETFs have become increasingly popular tools for accessing the fixed income corner of the market. The space initially grew much more slowly than equity ETFs, but investors have gradually become more comfortable with the combination of fixed income exposure and the exchange-traded structure. Innovation in the bond ETF space has been impressive […]


Most investors probably never expected that it would never come to this. With only days remaining until the day the government coffers supposedly go dry, a deal to avoid a default remains elusive (one would suspect the August 2 date is at least 72 hours or so in advance of a hard deadline). The back […]

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