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Last year was a good year for most asset classes, as investor portfolios continued to recover from the recent recession. The difference in performance between many comparable funds was significant, and many of the best performers of 2010 are relatively small funds that maintain considerably smaller asset bases than their more popular competitors. Below, we profiled the top performing ETFs in more than 60 ETFdb Categories covering all major asset classes. ETFs that launched in 2010 were excluded, as were those that stopped trading during the year [for more ETF insights, sign up for our free ETF newsletter]: [click to continue…]

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Municipal bonds have long been a favorite of those who fall into high tax brackets, as the favorable treatment of dividend and principal payments can translate into an impressive taxable equivalent yield. These debt instruments are issued by state governments and local municipalities, and are generally supported by either the taxing power of the or the revenues expected to be derived from a particular project. Since state and local governments do not regularly default on their obligations, the risk associated with municipal bonds has historically been very low. [click to continue…]

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Top Ten Bond ETFs Of 2009

by on December 23, 2009 | Updated April 30, 2010

In the business of asset management, bond investing may not get much love, but it can be as vital a component of an investor’s portfolio as equities. Fixed income investing isn’t nearly as sexy as stock picking, but as many investors have learned in recent years, a well-rounded bond allocation can significantly reduce the overall […]

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Best Performing ETFs Of 2009

by on December 21, 2009 | Updated April 30, 2010

Following a year that saw some of the worst performances in recent memory, many asset classes have bounced back in  2009. But some have performed better than others, and as the year draws to a close we take a look at some of the best-performing ETFs. The year’s top gainers include a few of the […]

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