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Fixed income securities have long been a major part of investor portfolios; corporate bonds in particular often hold a key role. In many cases investment-grade corporate bonds can have a “win-win” impact on portfolios, reducing overall volatility while also delivering income. Unfortunately, bonds have some attributes that make them less than ideal for many individual investors; because investors cannot buy or sell partial “shares” of a bond, it can be difficult for investors to buy and hold a truly diversified portfolio [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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When it comes to corporate bond ETFs, there is no fund more popular than iShares’ infamous iBoxx $ Investment Grade Corporate Bond Fund, LQD. The king of corporate bonds maintains a portfolio worth over $23 billion in total assets, and trades nearly two million times a day on average. For investors looking for the most active and liquid ETF in this category, LQD is by far the best bet. But for those who wish to stray away from the mega-funds, there are a number of intriguing and worthwhile options in the space [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].  [click to continue…]

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Equity markets have taken a wild ride this past year as everything from an unimaginable earthquake in Japan to a looming debt crisis in Europe has taken its toll on investors’ confidence. As 2011 draws to a close, many are left scratching their heads in confusion and uncertainty, given the predominantly gloomy economic outlook that […]

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PowerShares, one of the leading providers of alternative weighted ETFs, announced today the latest addition to its fixed income lineup. The new Fundamental Investment Grade Corporate Bond Portfolio (PFIG) will offer an alternative means of accessing high quality corporate bonds, distinguishing itself from other products in the Corporate Bonds ETFdb Category by the weighting methodology […]

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Innovation has become a hallmark of the ETF industry in recent years, as new and existing issuers alike have have rolled out increasingly complex and creative products that have further expanded the universe of asset classes and investment strategies available through exchange-traded products. Perhaps no corner of the ETF lineup has grown as quickly as […]

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April was somewhat of a calming month for markets, as geopolitical concerns took a back seat to earnings reports and a relatively uneventful Federal Reserve meeting. This month saw two of the world’s most popular commodities, oil and gold, soar to levels not seen since before the market crashed in 2008. In fact, gold is […]

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Innovation continues to be a defining characteristic of the quickly growing fixed income ETF space, as evidenced by the launch of the SPDR Barclays Capital Issuer Scored Corporate Bond ETF (CBND) on Thursday by State Street. The new ETF will seek to replicate the performance of the Barclays Capital Issuer Scored Corporate Index, a benchmark […]

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State Street, the Boston-based firm that maintains a broad-based lineup of fixed income ETFs, recently made an interesting SEC filing detailing plans for a new type of bond ETF. The proposed SPDR Barclays Capital Issuer Scored Corporate Bond ETF (CBND) would seek to replicate the performance of the Barclays Capital Issuer Scored Corporate Index, a […]

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