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Van Eck is wading into a new corner of the ETF industry this week, debuting a unique product offering that will deliver exposure to preferred stock issued by non-financial companies. The new Market Vectors Preferred Securities ex-Financials ETF (PFXF) will offer exposure to an index comprised of about 70 different issues of preferred stock with credit ratings ranging from CCC to AA. While PFXF certainly isn’t the first ETF to offer access to these “hybrid” securities that have characteristics of both stocks and bonds, it will be unique in that it avoids financial issuers entirely. The iShares S&P U.S. Preferred Stock Fund (PFF), which has more than $9 billion in AUM, allocates more than three quarters of its portfolio to financial companies.  [click to continue…]

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With interest rates frozen at near-zero levels for the next two years, investors have been scrambling to find sources of income for their portfolios. As such, dividend investing has become increasingly popular in the past few years, as investors have been quick to adopt the benefits offered by securities that pay out a steady cash distribution. Though some go for bonds and others may hone in on a particular equity sector, preferred shares represent one of the most enticing plays in today’s environment [see also 25 Things Every Financial Advisor Should Know About Commodities].

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Bullish momentum has cooled off a bit on Wall Street this week although the good news keep coming in. Investors were happy to see the latest home builders index release on Monday, although a slightly worse-than-expected existing home sales report on Wednesday managed to tip indexes lower. Vank Eck has laid down the groundwork for an intriguing equity fund that allows […]

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2011: A Year Of ETF Firsts

by on December 6, 2011

2011 has been arguably one the busiest ever for the ETF industry, as we are on pace to break through 300 new launches for the year. As we rapidly approach 1,400 total funds in the space, it can be a daunting task to try and keep up with the tidal wave of new products that […]

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After a bit of a summer slowdown, product development activity in the ETF industry has regained full speed. After a busy October, the month of November also saw the debut of a number of first-to-market ideas from a variety of ETF issuers, as well as a continued filling of the product pipeline with some intriguing […]

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iShares, the issuer behind the most popular product in the Preferred Stock ETFdb Category, debuted an international counterpart to PFF this week. The recently-launched S&P International Preferred Stock ETF (IPFF) will be linked to an index consisting of preferred stock from ex-U.S. developed market issuers, with a hefty allocation to Canadian banks. IPFF becomes the […]

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