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Puerto Rico was set to default on payments Monday, but fixed-income investors continue to pile into municipal bonds and related exchange traded funds, driving the market higher. The commonwealth was...
Puerto Rico's Default Hurts Local Investors The Most
May 02, 2016
Things keep going from bad to worse in debt-swamped Puerto Rico. The island nation missed yet another round of debt payments on Monday, ...
High Yield: Painting with a Full Palette
April 25, 2016
Note: This article is part of the ETF Trends Strategist Channel. By Justin Sibears Broadly speaking, total returns for most asset classes can be broken into two components: income and capital...
Municipal Bond ETFs Keep Working
April 22, 2016
Still low interest rates and the Federal Reserve's reluctance to change that scenario are having a positive impact on an array of ...
Investors Like These Bond ETFs, Too
March 23, 2016
Investors are loving fixed income exchange traded funds this year. An oft-mentioned anecdote in this space has been that six of this ...
Bond ETF Investors Warm up to Riskier Assets
March 21, 2016
High-yield, speculative-grade bond exchange traded funds are attracting billions of dollars as market volatility dissipates and investors look to capitalize on cheaper valuations in riskier assets...
Oil Prices Could Be Problematic For These Bonds And ETFs
February 24, 2016
When it comes to low oil prices being problematic for parts of the fixed income universe, high-yield corporate corporate bonds are ...
Muni ETFs Time to Shine
January 05, 2016
As people digest the changing Federal Reserve outlook, fixed-income investors may want to hold onto their municipal debt and bond-related exchange traded fund positions. “One area of the U.S. bond...
High-Yield Municipal Index ETF Experiences Big Inflow
October 26, 2015
Symbols mentioned in this story: HYD Exchange traded funds (ETFs) trade just like stocks, but instead of ''shares'' investors are actually buying and selling ''units''. These ''units'' can be traded...
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Fed Feeds Muni Bond ETFs Inflows
October 12, 2015
Even with mounting concern over Puerto Rico’s ability to repay debt obligations and ongoing speculation about when the Federal Reserve will finally increase interest rates, municipal exchange traded...
High Yield Muni Bond ETFs May Be Oversold
August 07, 2015
Puerto Rico’s default has put pressure on a number of high yield municipal bond exchange-traded funds that hold positions in the island commonwealth, but the selling pressure may end up creating a...
Mounting concern over Puerto Rico’s ability to repay debt obligations could continue to add to volatility in high-yield municipal bond exchange traded funds. High-yield munis dropped off in late June...
Examining Your Fund’s Puerto Rico Exposure
June 30, 2015
Greece or Puerto Rico. Investors have their pick of default poison, but investors in fixed income exchange traded and mutual funds would do well to monitor goings on in Puerto Rico because the U.S....
With Greece captivating investors’ attention today, the reaction to Puerto Rico’s debt troubles might just be “Oh yeah, Puerto Rico is about to default.” That does not change the fact the U.S....
Chicago’s Descent to Junk Doesn’t Rattle Muni ETFs
May 15, 2015
Earlier this week, Moody’s Investors Service lowered Chicago’s credit rating to junk status after the Illinois Supreme Court ruled against a state pension reform plan. Moody’s says Chicago’s public...
Another round of financing problems in Puerto Rico could shake the municipal debt market and bond-related exchange traded funds. According to the island’s Government Development Bank, the government...
Investors Still Favoring Muni Bond ETFs
April 21, 2015
Speculation that the Federal Reserve is close to raising interest rates is not chasing investors from fixed income exchange traded funds. Investors added $35.7 billion to bond ETFs in the first...
7 muni-bond ETFs that stay on track
April 03, 2015
Municipal-bond ETFs don’t always follow their indexes closely, but Dave Fry has uncovered several that do.
Investors Pile Into Muni Bond ETFs
March 05, 2015
Even with the specter of higher interest rates looming, some investors are not shying away from municipal bond exchange traded funds. To this point, 2015 has been a banner year for inflows to fixed...
Interesting HYD Put And Call Options For September 18th
January 23, 2015
Investors in High-Yield Municipal Index ETF (HYD) saw new options become available this week, for the September 18th expiration. One of the key data points that goes into the price an option buyer is...
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Investors Keep Pouring Into Muni ETFs
January 21, 2015
Fixed income exchange traded funds are coming off a record year of asset gathering that saw two bond funds rank among the top 10 ETFs for added assets. To start 2015, municipal bond funds are keeping...
Increased State Debt Issuance Could Pressure Muni ETFs
January 06, 2015
The shrinking municipal bonds market helped munis-related exchange traded funds outperform in the fixed-income space in 2014. However, the favorable supply and demand dynamics may be about to change...
Don't Overlook Municipal Bonds
December 12, 2014
The iShares Barclays 20+ Yr Treas.Bond (ETF) (NYSE: TLT) hit a new two-year closing high this week, as money continues to flow into ...
Muni Bond ETFs May Still Ride Tailwinds
November 07, 2014
The municipal bond market and related exchange traded funds will continue to benefit from the supply-demand but investors could see short-term volatility from default speculation, notably in Puerto...
Interesting HYD Put And Call Options For June 2015
November 04, 2014
Investors in High-Yield Municipal Index ETF (HYD) saw new options begin trading this week, for the June 2015 expiration. One of the key inputs that goes into the price an option buyer is willing to...
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Keeping More Of Your ETF Capital Gains And Income
October 27, 2014
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Time to Temper Your Municipal Bond ETF Expectations
October 17, 2014
After posting one of their best annual gains since 2011, municipal debt securities, along with related exchange traded funds, may begin to slow down. The iShares National AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF...
High-Yield Muni ETF Navigates its way to New Highs
August 27, 2014
Despite Puerto Rico debt restructuring concerns, ongoing debt settlement talks in Detroit and elevated fears of additional public pension-induced municipal bankruptcies in other parts of the U.S.,...
Muni ETFs Supported by Lowest New Issuance Since 2001
August 01, 2014
Despite the Puerto Rico debt restructuring concerns, municipal bond exchange traded funds could still advance as new issuance falls to a 13 year low. Over the past month, the iShares National AMT-Free...
Passive Muni ETFs Shed Puerto Rico Exposure
July 25, 2014
Passively managed exchange traded funds usually do not make wholesale changes to their portfolios. Most of the underlying indices for passive ETFs rebalance quarterly and even then, holding and sector...