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UBS continues to develop a suite of exchange-traded notes that appeal to yield-focused investors, recently expanding its lineup with a pair of ETNs that offer monthly leveraged exposure to dividend-paying stocks. Both of the new ETNs will be linked to indexes that currently serve as the basis for extremely popular dividend ETFs; the new UBS notes will amplify both the price swings and yields delivered by those benchmarks. The new ETNs are [see also 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]:

  • ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Dow Jones Select Dividend Index ETN (DVYL)
  • ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged S&P Dividend ETN (SDYL) [click to continue…]

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iShares Launches More High Yield ETFs (GHYG, IYLD)

by on April 5, 2012 | Updated May 14, 2013

iShares continued its introduction of ETFs targeting high yielding asset classes with the debut of two more funds on the BATS Exchange this week. The Global HighYield Corporate Bond Fund (GHYG) completes a trio of junk bond ETFs to debut this week that target markets outside the U.S., while the Morningstar Multi-Asset Income Index Fund (IYLD) will be an ETF-of-ETFs that targets high yielding asset classes.

Under The Hood: GHYG

GHYG will seek to replicate the Market iBoxx Global Developed Markets High Yield Index, a benchmark that includes bonds rated below investment grade from issuers in developed markets around the world. GHYG will be tilted heavily towards the U.S., which accounts for about 70% of holdings. The next largest country allocations are Luxembourg (7%), the Netherlands (4%), France (4%), and Canada (3%). The remainder of the portfolio includes primarily Western European countries; there is no allocation to developed Asian markets such as Japan and Australia[click to continue…]

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Dividend ETFs have been at the intersection of two of the hottest investing trends over the last year or so, turning in stellar performances and attracting huge cash inflows. Interest in dividend-paying stocks has skyrocketed, as these securities have double-edged appeal as tools for both smoothing overall volatility and enhancing the current returns derived from […]

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iShares announced the latest addition to its ETF lineup on Thursday, rolling out a fund that seeks to deliver exposure to U.S. companies that have consistently delivered relatively high dividend yields. The iShares High Dividend Equity Fund (HDV) will seek to replicate the performance of the Morningstar Dividend Yield Focus Index, a benchmark that includes […]

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The universe of U.S.-listed exchange-traded products has grown at an impressive rate over the last several years, bringing the industry to a point where there are more than 1,100 products with aggregate assets exceeding $1 trillion. According to the ETF screener, there are nearly 800 equity ETFs available, an impressive total that allows investors to […]

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Celebrating the one year anniversary of their partnership on a commission-free ETF platform, iShares and Fidelity announced the expansion of a program that allows free trading of certain iShares ETFs. The addition of the five ETFs brings the total number of iShares products that can be traded commission-free in Fidelity accounts from 25 to 30:

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ETF Ideas For Deflation Defense

by on August 9, 2010 | Updated August 10, 2010

First, the good news: all those fears about runaway inflation following from the massive injections of capital into financial markets appear to have been overblown. Now for the bad news: the alternative may be much worse. For months wary investors have been eagerly watching CPI reports, fearful of the release indicating that price increases are […]

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Almost two months after an offshore explosion sparked one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, the White House has stepped in to ensure that British oil giant BP is held accountable for cleanup efforts and the economic damage done (see Five ETFs To Watch After Obama’s Oval Office Speech). With public outrage towards […]

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An already tumultuous day took a terrifying turn in afternoon trading on Thursday, as several major U.S. indexes lost multiple percentage points in a matter of minutes before reclaiming big chunks of the ground lost. At 2:40 on Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down about 415 points, putting it on pace for one […]

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Many investors point to the rise of the ETF industry as a clear shift in preferences away from relatively expensive active management in favor of low-cost indexing. It’s been said that the alpha hunters have evolved into beta grazers. But the benefits of the ETF structure aren’t reserved solely for passive cap-weighted products, and the […]

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High-Dividend ETF Plays

by on November 23, 2009 | Updated April 23, 2013

As investors have regained their appetite for risk, cash has flowed into domestic and international equities, rewarding the “bargain hunters” who snapped up equities near the market bottom when pricing multiples and dividend yields were severely depressed. While these “too good to be true” investments are now much less abundant, they haven’t disappeared altogether.

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As the ETF industry has exploded on to the scene in recent years, sponsors have aggressively launched funds in an attempt to gain market share. While many of these new ETFs have attracted sufficient investor funds to justify continued operation, some have failed to garner a level of investment necessary to support an active, liquid market […]

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