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Inflation ETF Special: 25 ETF Ideas To Fight Rising Prices

by on July 20, 2011 | Updated December 8, 2014

Inflation has always been a particularly frustrating topic among investors, as a spike in prices can be a nasty surprise for investors who are not amply prepared.  Its effects can reduce your real return on an annual basis and make it much more difficult to keep up with your standard of living. Inflation, however, has not yet materialized in recent years, though the prospect of what seems to be an inevitable outcome has prompted many to take measures to protect their portfolios, increasing allocations to asset classes expected to generally perform well when inflationary pressures spike [see also Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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International Bond ETFs: Cruising Through All The Options

by on July 18, 2011 | Updated September 22, 2014

The fixed income corner of the ETF industry has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, as investors have become increasingly comfortable with achieving bond exposure through the exchange-traded structure. This is evidenced by the billions and billions and inflows to these products over the years.

Despite impressive growth figures, it seems that the potential for future expansion of the bond ETF arena is significant. Although bond ETFs have expanded considerably, the bulk of inflows has been to products focusing exclusively or primarily on debt of U.S. issuers. Most investors have gradually eased their “home country bias” on the equity side of their portfolios, embracing international stocks as a vital component of long-term strategies. But when it comes to bonds, many investors still limit their holdings to U.S. securities [see Are Bond ETFs Broken?]. [click to continue…]

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The first half of 2011 is officially in the books, and many investors find their portfolios in approximately the same place as they were to start the year (though a furious rally in the final week of the quarter gave a nice boost at an opportune moment). Most major equity indexes are up slightly on […]

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iShares, the issuer behind the $20 billion Barclays TIPS Bond Fund (TIP), has introduced two new ETFs offering exposure to inflation-protected bonds from issuers outside the U.S. The new iShares ETFs include:

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It’s baaaaaaaack. After a brief hiatus that saw investors rushing to determine the best ways to battle deflation, inflationary concerns have begun to surface again. The cause of the latest bout of inflationary anxiety is of course the QE2 program recently announced by the Federal Reserve that calls for the purchase of hundreds of billions […]

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International Bond ETFs To Diversify Fixed Income Exposure

by on November 15, 2010 | Updated November 29, 2010

In recent years, one of the fastest-growing corners of the ETF market has been the fixed income space. As investors have become more comfortable with the idea of utilizing the ETF structure to achieve bond exposure, the number of products has multiplied and asset levels have surged. Ongoing innovation has brought increased granularity to the […]

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Thanks to Ben Bernanke’s $600 billion foray into the U.S. Treasury markets in the hotly debated QE2, many investors have begun to worry that a severe bout of inflation is right around the corner. Renewed anxiety has pushed Treasury Inflation Protected Bonds, or TIPS, to a negative yield in recent auctions, underscoring just how robust […]

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At the end of 2009 inflation was clearly on the minds of investors around the globe, as the massive injections of liquidity into financial markets sparked fears of an inevitable uptick in prices. As the year has progressed, those fears may have retreated–deflation may be more of an immediate concern–but many remain convinced that investors […]

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When governments around the world began implementing massive stimulus plans to lift the global economy from a deep recession, opinions were sharply divided. While it seems that these plans have been successful in the short run–as evidenced by the remarkable rally over the last 13 months–some investors have become increasingly concerned about the long-term impact […]

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Investors have historically embraced international diversification in their portfolios as a way to smooth out volatility and reduce overall risk. But the last two years have shown that the benefits of such diversification aren’t what they once were. A meltdown that began in the U.S. mortgage market quickly spread throughout the world, sparking countless complaints […]

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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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