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Fixed income exposure has been a staple for many investors, as historically these products have offered steady sources of current income as well as relatively low levels of risk. Often referred to as the “safe haven” asset class, bonds have typically been the go-to investment for those nearing retirement and those wanting to park their assets in something safer during volatile environments [see also Want A Simple, 3-ETF Portfolio? Here are 25 of Them]. [click to continue…]

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While U.S. equity markets have gotten off to a rough start in 2014, interest in fixed income securities has finally resurfaced this year. Last year, most bond ETFs struggled to keep up with the equity market’s quick pace, with many funds ending in the red in 2013. But with the Federal Reserve beginning to taper its massive bond-buying purchases, many investors have begun to return to the coveted asset class [see The Fed Effect: How Monetary Policy Impacts Your ETFs]. [click to continue…]

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Buy On The Dip Prospects February 10th Edition

by on February 10, 2014 | Updated February 24, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are […]

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Major equity indexes appear to have resumed their uptrend following a minor pullback after the Fed’s “no taper” decision last week. With all eyes are on tomorrow’s monthly U.S. employment report, stocks could be setting up for a volatile day of trading as speculation over the Fed’s next shift in monetary policy will come into […]

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By Matt Tucker, CFA, iShares Head of Fixed Income Strategy  In my last post, I highlighted sector rotation as a potential ETF strategy for a rising interest rate environment. This time, I’d like to focus on another common strategy for helping to protect a portfolio against rising rates: Reducing the duration, or interest rate risk, of […]

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Late Wednesday night, the Chief Executives from more than 80 different mega-U.S. corporations came together to tackle a seemingly impossible task – call the Congress to action, specifically to reduce the astronomical federal deficit. The campaign, aptly dubbed “Fix the Debt,” aims to pressure Washington to push forward a simple, yet economically sound fiscal plan; […]

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IndexIQ, the firm behind some of the first hedge fund replication ETFs, expanded its lineup last week with the debut of another product designed to deliver low volatility and low correlations to traditional asset classes. The IQ Hedge Market Neutral Tracker ETF (QMN) will seek to replicate an index that consists of both long and […]

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Since SPY made its debut as the first exchange-traded fund in 1993, the ETF industry has sure come a long way with its lineup of over 1,400 products now available to all walks of investors. From plain vanilla funds to the more complex and intriguing funds like the new “Random Roger” ETF (RRGR), traders and investors alike can […]

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Exchange-Traded Concepts, the firm providing turnkey solutions to companies looking to make an entrance into the ETF industry, announced this week the debut of a unique product that will seek to clone strategies implemented by hedge funds. The new AlphaClone Alternative Alpha Exchange-Traded Fund (ALFA) will seek to replicate the AlphaClone Hedge Fund Long/Short Index, […]

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ETFs: The $10 Billion Club

by on January 11, 2012

It is no secret that the ETF industry is dominated by just a handful of products. The majority of the $1 trillion plus assets are confined to roughly 100 funds, leaving the other 1,300 ETFs in the dust. But as growth in the industry continues to pick up, more and more funds are entering elite […]

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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 […]

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Alternatives To The 20 Most Popular ETFs

by on October 13, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

The impressive pace of expansion in the ETF industry has been well documented; continuous product development has resulted in the launch of hundreds of products each year, and there are now more than 1,600 names in the ETF lineup. But while the depth of the ETF space has increased, the industry remains quite top-heavy; a […]

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