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Stocks are off to a shaky start this week as uncertainty over the looming Fed taper continues to take its toll on investors’ confidence. Adding to the clouds of uncertainty are mixed data releases; durable goods orders plunged a worrisome 7.3% in July while consumer confidence improved from last month’s reading, sending investors mixed signals about what the Fed’s next move might be.

Amid the tug of war between the bulls and the bears, First Trust added the International Multi-Asset Diversified Income Index Fund (YDIV) to its lineup of dividend-focused strategies; the new ETF began trading on the NASDAQ on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 [see 101 High Yielding ETFs For Every Dividend Investor]. [click to continue…]

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BY MATT TUCKER,   CFA iShares Head of Fixed Income Strategy

Lately it feels like all I talk about here on the blog is the potential for rising interest rates – when it might happen, signs that a rate rise may be imminent, how to position bond portfolios in advance.  While this is definitely a worthy subject – and one that spurs a great number of questions from our clients – I think it’s important to take a step back every so often to remember that interest rates today are still hovering at rock bottom.  Rising rates may be a future challenge that investors need to prepare for, but the fact of the matter is, low interest rates are a challenge many investors are facing today  [Download How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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What’s In My Multi-Asset ETF?

by on February 27, 2013 | Updated April 29, 2013

Over the last several years, issuers have successfully transformed the ETF landscape, pumping out some of the most intriguing and innovative products on the market. Recently, however, a trend of “hyper-targeted” and niche funds have swept across Wall Street, attracting plenty of attention from investors looking to establish tactical tilts in their portfolios. But for many investors, a […]

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Profiling 5 Total Portfolio ETFs

by on September 24, 2012 | Updated May 6, 2014

As the ETF industry continues to pump out some of the most intriguing and innovative products on the market, investors are now able to choose from a lineup of over 1,400 exchange-traded products to fit their every investment whim. Recently, a trend of “hyper-targeted” and sector specific ETFs have swept across Wall Street, attracting high demand from […]


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 […]

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After capping off one of the strongest first quarters in 14 years, major benchmarks have stalled their rally, as conflicting data from all around the world has put markets in a rut. As we head into the summer months, investors will hope overarching issues, like European debt, will cool off but all indications point to […]

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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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