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Nothing rings more true than Ben Franklin’s famous quote, “In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Looking past the morbid side of that statement, higher taxes are almost certainly coming in the next few years, regardless of who is in office, as local counties, states and the federal government all look to fill their dwindling coffers [see How To Take Profits And Cut Losses When Trading ETFs]. [click to continue…]

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This month, legendary bond king Bill Gross published his investment outlook, aptly titled “Strawberry Fields – Forever?”, in which he warned investors to be prepared to face some “structural economic headwinds” in the next few years. In addition to the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis we still feel today, diminished productivity gains and the looming fiscal cliff, Gross points out other blaring red flags that investors need to pay attention to, as these critical factors will likely hamper economic growth in not only the United States, but also in other developed nations around the globe [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]. [click to continue…]

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The year-end periods provides the ETF industry with a couple of opportunities to flex its collective muscle; performance comparisons generally tend to favor those products with lower expense ratios–a defining feature of exchange-traded funds. But early January also puts another benefit of exchange-traded products into focus: enhanced tax efficiency relative to traditional mutual funds. The […]

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Short-Term Bond ETFs: The Best Place To Stash Cash?

by on August 11, 2011 | Updated September 22, 2014

During times of economic turmoil or uncertainty, some investors utilize short-term bonds as a way to hedge their exposure during the storm. While these products do not pay out much in terms of yields, the chances of them losing principal are quite minute, something that investors cannot say about other investments. As a result, investors […]

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State Street, the issuer behind the two largest U.S.-listed ETFs, made a new addition to the fixed income portion of its product lineup this week. The recently-launched SPDR Nuveen S&P High Yield Municipal Bond ETF (HYMB) will seek to replicate the performance of the S&P Municipal High Yield Index, a benchmark that consists of bonds […]

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As investors have become more comfortable with the idea of achieving fixed income exposure through the exchange-traded structure, bond ETF assets have skyrocketed and the number of funds has increased rapidly. For those in higher tax brackets, municipal bonds have always been a popular option, as the tax-exempt feature of the interest payment boosts the […]

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Tuesday marks the first day of trading for the PIMCO Short Term Municipal Bond Strategy Fund (SMMU), the third actively-managed ETF from the Newport Beach, California-based bond fund giant. The fund is designed for investors seeking tax-exempt income, and consists of a diversified portfolio of short duration, high credit quality bonds that carry interest income […]

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Allstate Corp., the largest publicly-traded insurer of homes and automobiles in the U.S., announced this week that it is making some major shifts in its investment portfolio that now exceeds $100 billion. The Northbrook, Illinois-based company announced that it is reducing its exposure to commercial real estate and municipal bonds in favor of corporate debt.

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