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Some are calling it the banking industry’s “tobacco moment,” while others insist that it is only one example of the widespread and rampant problems plaguing the financial universe. Greed, corruption and collusion are terms often used synonymously with the market movers and money makers on Wall Street, whose voracious appetites seem to blur the lines of morality and ethics. The sensationalism surrounding the LIBOR scandal has spurred the masses to raise their metaphorical  pitchforks once again, calling for judicial action, stricter regulations and more aggressive reforms. As everyday traders and investors fall victim to the unscrupulous acts of LIBOR’s manipulators, many are left wondering how this seemingly abstract issue will affect their very real-life coveted investments [see also How To Lose Money Trading ETFs].   [click to continue…]

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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 increasingly complex products has opened up strategies that were previously inaccessible.

But perhaps the most impressive innovation in recent years has come on the bond side of the market, where the arsenal has expanded considerably over the past two years. Whatever your objective for the fixed income side of client portfolios, odds are there is an ETF that can be used to help you out. Below, we highlight ten common objectives when it comes to managing a bond portfolio–as well as the ETFs that can be used to achieve those goals [for more ETF insights, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]:  [click to continue…]

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The latest addition to the fast-growing ETF lineup is a fund from State Street that will offer exposure to investment grade debt that adjusts interest payouts based on prevailing market conditions. The SPDR Barclays Capital Investment Grade Floating Rate ETF (FLRN) is linked to an index that consists of investment grade debt with a floating […]

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State Street has laid the groundwork for another addition to its lineup of fixed income ETFs, filing details with the SEC for a proposed product that looks to give investors another way to tap into an increasingly popular corner of the U.S. bond market. In the recent regulatory filing, the company detailed plans for the […]

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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 […]

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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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Continuing a recent trend on the fixed income side of the ETF arena, iShares announced the launch of an ETF that offers exposure to floating rate debt. The new Floating Rate Note Fund (FLOT) will seek to replicate the Barclays Capital US Floating Rate Note < 5 Years Index, a benchmark that includes about 300 […]

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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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Historically, Van Eck has been known in the ETF space for its hard assets expertise and suite of targeted emerging markets funds. But recently the New York-based firm has also taken steps to develop other corners of its ETP lineup, including the introduction of the first investment grade floating rate debt fund (FLTR) earlier this […]

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Van Eck Launches Floating Rate Debt ETF (FLTR)

by on April 26, 2011 | Updated April 27, 2011

Van Eck is best known in the ETF world for its suite of funds focusing on equities of hard asset producers and emerging markets. But the latest offering from the New York-based issuer targets a corner of the fixed income market that has historically not been readily accessible through exchange-traded products. The new Investment Grade […]

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The past week has seen the continuation of brisk expansion in the ETF industry, with more than a dozen new products debuting. The product pipeline continues to fill as well, with the most noteworthy addition being PIMCO’s proposed Total Return ETF. Many of the other recent filings haven’t brought nearly the level of attention paid […]

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As investors have piled into the relative security of Treasury bonds, many have been extremely disappointed with the near-record low payments that these safe securities have been yielding. This has pushed many into other types of bonds–such as corporate and municipals–that have seen large inflows as investors flee the increasingly uncertain stock market for the […]

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