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Back-and-forth trading dominated Wall Street throughout most of the week as investors were kept on their toes ahead of Thursday’s FOMC meeting. The much-anticipated Bernanke press conference left markets satisfied as the Fed Chairman officially announced QE3; stocks around the globe surged higher on the day as investors expressed their joy over the latest stimulus initiative in hopes that it would bolster recovery efforts at home. Amid a busy week on Wall Street, new product launches were sparse while Van Eck laid out plans for two fixed income funds and Global X cut the fee on its dividend-focused offering [see also 3 Countries With The Largest Gold Reserves].

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Three “Dividend ETFs” That Go Beyond Stocks

by on July 25, 2012 | Updated April 29, 2013

Over the past several years, interest in ETFs that offer exposure to high yielding asset classes has surged. From dividend-paying stocks and MLPs to junk bonds and emerging market debt, investor dollars have consistently flown towards assets that offer the potential to capture meaningful current returns. In addition to the ETFs that target these asset classes individually, there are now a number of funds that cover multiple types of high yielding securities, delivering a more broadly-based basket of securities that can lead to attractive dividend yields and low volatility. Below, we profile three such ETFs [see also 12 High-Yielding Commodities For 2012]:  [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 […]

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Equity markets oscillated between minor gains and losses throughout most of the week as profit taking pressures were abundant after investors digested a number of mixed economic data releases. Investors were frustrated with reports from the housing market which showed that the real estate market recovery is still sluggish at best. Consumer-confidence and durable goods […]

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Do Fundamentals Justify The Wall Street Rally?

by on March 26, 2012 | Updated March 30, 2012

Stock markets retreated last week as sparse economic data releases paved the way for profit taking. This week will see a host of important fundamental news on the home front as investors digest durable goods orders, GDP, and consumer spending data. Markets are off to a hot start as Ben Bernanke’s speech on Monday morning lifted hopes […]

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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 […]


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 […]


Investors’ confidence has taken a serious beating over the past few months as debt drama on both sides of the Atlantic ocean has paved the way for volatile price action across financial markets. Despite better-than-expected economic data releases on the home front, Euro zone debt woes have definitively taken center stage; sentiment on Wall Street […]

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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?].


After a record-setting October gave investors hope that 2011 would finish on a strong note, the first couple weeks of November have effectively taken any wind out of those sails. The culprit–surprise, surprise–has been the cash-strapped PIIGS economies of Europe, with Italy now grabbing the spotlight as a serious credit risk and a grave threat […]

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Equity markets have taken investors for a wild ride over the past three months with chaotic trading dominating virtually every nook and corner of Wall Street. Amidst the volatility, investors have been seeking out refuge and fleeing to “safer” asset classes; although rational, this approach inevitability overlooks certain corners of the market that may in […]


iShares, the firm behind the most popular ETF in the Emerging Markets Bonds ETFdb Category, rolled out another similar product to complement EMB on Thursday. The new Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond Fund (LEMB) will offer investors exposure to debt of emerging markets issuers that is denominated in local currencies, such as the South Korean […]

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