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PIMCO Launches Active TIPS ETF (ILB)

by on May 1, 2012 | Updated June 22, 2012

PIMCO, fresh off the extremely successful launch of its Total Return ETF (BOND), has rolled out another actively managed bond fund that taps into a corner of the fixed income market that has generated significant interest in recent years. The new Global Advantage Inflation-Linked Bond Strategy Fund (ILB) will be comprised of inflation-protected bonds, securities that are designed to appreciate along with official inflation metrics.

The new PIMCO ETF will be benchmarked against the PIMCO Global Advantage Inflation-Linked Bond Index, and will invest in inflation-protected bonds that are ‘economically tied to at least three developed and emerging market countries (one of which may be the United States)” according to the prospectus. While most inflation-protected bond ETFs focus primarily on U.S. securities, there are a handful that maintain an international focus. The  SPDR DB International Government Inflation-Protected Bond ETF (WIP) holds a broad-based portfolio with a tilt towards Western Europe, while the iShares Global Inflation-Linked Bond Fund (GTIP) includes both domestic and international holdings.  [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…]


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 […]


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 […]


Inflation ETF Special: 25 ETF Ideas To Fight Rising Prices

by on July 20, 2011 | Updated December 8, 2014

Inflation has always been a particularly frustrating topic among investors, as a spike in prices can be a nasty surprise for investors who are not amply prepared.  Its effects can reduce your real return on an annual basis and make it much more difficult to keep up with your standard of living. Inflation, however, has not […]


International Bond ETFs: Cruising Through All The Options

by on July 18, 2011 | Updated September 22, 2014

The fixed income corner of the ETF industry has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, as investors have become increasingly comfortable with achieving bond exposure through the exchange-traded structure. This is evidenced by the billions and billions and inflows to these products over the years. Despite impressive growth figures, it seems that the potential for […]

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The past few weeks have been a relatively slow stretch for the ETF industry–at least in terms of product development. Since EGShares rolled out a suite of sector-specific emerging markets ETFs on June 23, only two new products have hit the market: the S&P 500 Crude Oil Linked ETN (BARL) from Morgan Stanley and the […]

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The first full week in June has been anything but kind to investors looking to shed some of the losses that have accumulated over the last few weeks. In fact, Friday saw the Dow lose grip on the 12,000 benchmark as equities endured their sixth straight week of losses. The NASDAQ lost all of the […]

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May ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, and Closures

by on June 1, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

May was a tumultuous month for equity markets, as instability around the world pushed and pulled on major indexes through the last several weeks. Perhaps the biggest news of the month was the re-emergence of the European debt crisis; with Greece in yet another dire situation, many investors are concerned about the overall stability of […]

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iShares, the issuer behind the $20 billion Barclays TIPS Bond Fund (TIP), has introduced two new ETFs offering exposure to inflation-protected bonds from issuers outside the U.S. The new iShares ETFs include:

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