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7 ETFs Yielding 7% Or More

by on August 27, 2012 | Updated September 24, 2012

For the past several years, interest rates in the U.S. and in many developed countries around the world have been hovering at record lows as central banks have attempted to spur economic growth by reducing borrowing costs. And all indications are that the low interest rate environment is here to stay–at least for another few years. Analysts generally agree that most interest rates won’t begin to climb until 2014 at the earliest, and it’s entirely possible that investors are looking at another several years of record low rates.

While this environment may be good for those looking to borrow, it poses a significant challenge to those looking to generate meaningful current returns on their portfolio. Against this backdrop, many traditional sources of current returns have dried up. Treasuries yield next-to-nothing; 10-year notes are sporting a yield in the neighborhood of 1.7%, while 5-year notes offer up a paltry 0.70%. Even long-dated 30-year government bonds, which come with significant interest rate risk, are yielding well less than 3%. Some TIPS issues have even gone off with negative yields, highlighting the struggles investors can face [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Advisor Should Learn].  [click to continue…]

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And so the summer slump continues. Markets struggled once again to find a definitive direction today, essentially flat-lining but managing to eke out slight gains. Positive jobs data and a better-than-expected U.S. trade balance report seemingly overshadowed investors’ waning optimism over the ECB’s ability to tackle the region’s debt crisis. But with the U.S. economy at a precariously low growth rate, it seems as though no positive news will be able to fully jump start the markets. Instead, investors are holding out on central bankers, convinced that sooner or later they will step in to pick up the slack. And until there are any concrete developments, markets will likely continue to drift aimlessly – it will be like watching paint dry [see also 4 "Recession Proof" ETFs].  [click to continue…]

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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 […]

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Of the nearly two dozen products in the High Yield Bonds ETFdb Category, it is two broad-based funds that account for the bulk of assets; HYG and JNK are by far the most popular choices in this asset class. But they are hardly the only ETF options for exposure to junk bonds; there are options […]

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12 High-Yielding Monthly Distribution Bond ETFs

by on May 16, 2012 | Updated May 23, 2012

The hunt for yield continues to challenge investors of all walks in this historically ultra low-rate environment, although a certain breed of ETFs may offer a creative solution. Dividend investing is a staple strategy in any long-term portfolio and the evolution of the exchange-traded product structure has brought forth the benefits associated with monthly dividend distributions to ETF investors. […]

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The ETF industry has been routinely praised for its innovation over the last several years, which is no doubt a contributing factor to the surge in interest and assets. Generally, reference to such innovation relates to the growth in the product lineup, as issuers of all sizes have launched a number of creative, first-to-market products […]


State Street Adds Short Term Junk Bond ETF

by on March 17, 2012 | Updated March 19, 2012

State Street has made another addition to its fixed income ETF lineup, recently rolling out the SPDR Barclays Capital Short Term HighYield Bond ETF (SJNK). The new fund will target junk bonds that have less than five years remaining to maturity, thereby delivering a unique combination of low interest rate risk with significant credit risk. […]

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Six Juicy High Yield Bond ETFs For 2012

by on January 18, 2012 | Updated January 26, 2012

Equity markets have gotten off to a solid start in the new year, although looming Euro zone debt woes continue to breed some degree of pessimism and one piece of bad news from overseas is very well capable of sparking a broad sell-off that spills over onto Wall Street. The tug of war between positive […]

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The Appeal Of Dividend ETFs

by on October 18, 2011 | Updated July 18, 2012

Dividend investing is one of the oldest and most popular strategies amongst retail and institutional equity investors on Wall Street. Legends like Warren Buffet and Benjamin Graham are well known advocates of this value investing approach, and their success in the financial markets speaks volumes about this timeless strategy. Research conducted by Standard & Poor’s […]


Gold In Freefall

by on August 24, 2011

Equity markets got off to a stronger than expected start this week as investors refrained from selling, and instead stepped in to buy up stocks on the cheap and push domestic indexes higher off last week’s lows. Wall Street rallied on Wednesday after a positive durable goods report boosted investor’s sentiment as orders rose by […]

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The ETF industry’s strong growth in recent years has led to innovation across the board. Now, investors can find products that offer exposure to nearly every corner of global markets through a single ticker. And while many of these new options have been welcomed with open arms, investors have been wary of others. One space […]

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Stay On The Sidelines

by on August 22, 2011

Equity markets struggled to pick a direction last week, fluctuating between small gains and pesky losses one day after the other. Late in the week, however, worse than expected economic data on the home front and escalating European debt woes managed to push the markets of a cliff one more time, with equity indexes sinking […]

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