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Preferred stocks are just one popular market segment accessible through ETFs. Almost every corner of the global financial landscape can be traded via ETF, and with U.S. interest rates at all time lows, preferred shares and the ETFs associated with them are attracting additional investor attention [see also our visual guide to The Cheapest ETF For Every Investment Objective]. [click to continue…]

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Preferred stock ETFs have become a big hit with some investors. These ETFs offer “hybrid” exposure that has delivered strong returns and provided valuable diversification benefits to traditional portfolios by combining the benefits of both traditional equities and bonds. Of this specialized universe of funds, two stand out as consumer favorites with easily some of the highest average trading volumes in this sector: iShares S&P US Preferred Stock Index Fund (PFF, A+) and PowerShares Preferred Portfolio (PGX, A) [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Since the introduction of the S&P 500 ETF in January of 1993, the ETF industry has continued to gain popularity, offering investment products in almost every imaginable segment of the global economy. There are more than 1,400 ETF products on the market in the U.S., and almost 50 ETF issuers. Invesco PowerShares is one of those […]

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As the ETF industry has expanded in recent years, so too has the number of asset classes accessible through exchange-traded products. Preferred stock ETFs have become a big hit with some investors, offering “hybrid” exposure that has delivered strong returns and provided valuable diversification benefits to traditional portfolios by combining the benefits of both traditional equities and bonds [see Visual History Of […]

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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 […]

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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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Wednesday marks the first day of trading for another Global X ETF, as the company introduced a fund offering exposure to a basket of preferred stocks from Canadian issuers that trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Global X Canada Preferred ETF (CNPF) seeks to replicate the Solactive Canada Preferred Index, a benchmark that includes […]

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iShares hasn’t launched any new ETFs since rolling out its short-term TIPS fund (STIP) in early December, but the issuer responsible for close to 45% of all U.S. ETF assets continues to expand its product pipeline. The San Francisco-based ETF giant recently detailed plans for a international preferred stock ETF in an SEC filing; the […]

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The first wave of growth in the ETF industry came as investors embraced the exchange-traded structure as an improvement over traditional actively mutual funds–a more cost-efficient and tax-friendly way to access traditional asset classes such as stocks and bonds. But in recent years much of the growth in ETF assets has been attributable to “democratizing” […]

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Recent growth in the ETF industry has been due in large part to surges in popularity of asset classes to which many investors would otherwise have fairly limited access. Exchange-traded commodity products have seen billions of dollars in cash inflows, as have fixed income and currency funds. While the number of ETFs offering exposure to […]

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Definitive Guide To Preferred Stock ETF Investing

by on December 22, 2009 | Updated April 25, 2013

As the ETF industry has expanded in recent years, so too has the number of asset classes accessible through exchange-traded products. With more than $2 billion in cash inflows in 2009, preferred stock ETFs have become a big hit with some investors, offering “hybrid” exposure that has delivered strong returns provided valuable diversification benefits to […]

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September was one of the most active months in the ETF industry in recent memory. We saw a wave of new fund launches from industry leaders and smaller players alike, along with perhaps the first of many commodity fund closures. September saw the introduction of another actively-managed ETF, proposals on several more innovative funds, and […]

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