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Muni Bond ETFs as Alternative to Treasuries
June 06, 2012
Municipal bonds haven’t been trashed by massive defaults as some analysts predicted. Muni bonds and exchange traded funds are even thriving as an alternative to historic low-yielding Treasuries....
UPDATE 1-French court backs Google in TV piracy case
May 29, 2012
PARIS, May 29 (Reuters) - A French court ruled that Google is not responsible for filtering content on YouTube, dealing a blow to French broadcaster TF1 which sought damages for copyrighted sports and...
April 26 (Reuters) - Canadian trucker TransForce Inc posted a quarterly profit that more than doubled, helped partly by robust performance at its package and courier unit, sending its shares up 7...
CANADA STOCKS-TSX set to open up on ECB loan boost
February 29, 2012
Feb 29 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index was set to edge higher at the open on Wednesday after European banks absorbed more than half a trillion euros as part of a European Central Bank effort to...
Why a Muni Bond ETF Tumbled This Week
February 24, 2012
The largest exchange traded fund tracking municipal bonds is down nearly 3% the past two days after analysts pointed out the ETF was trading at a significant premium to its net asset value. The $2.8...
Uncertainty Over Tax Breaks May Hit Muni Bond ETFs
February 14, 2012
Exchange traded funds that invest in municipal bonds have been steady so far this week following the Obama administration’s proposals to limit tax breaks on muni bonds for wealthy investors. In the...
Could ‘Super Downgrades’ Hit Muni Bond ETFs?
January 31, 2012
Municipal bond exchange traded funds racked up impressive returns in 2011 but there are worries the fixed-income funds could take a hit this year on downgrades as rating agencies revamp their...
Muni Bond ETFs on a Roll as Yields Hit Record Lows
January 27, 2012
Municipal bond exchange traded funds are spiking as rates drop to record lows, prompting worries this corner of the fixed-income market is getting ahead of itself. “The municipal bond market has been...
Muni Bond ETFs Enjoy Big Rally
January 10, 2012
An exchange traded fund that invests in municipal bonds is on a five-day winning streak amid reports that supply is tight in this area of the fixed income market. The iShares S&P National AMT-Free...
Municipal Bond ETFs Turn in Solid Year
December 19, 2011
Municipal bonds were one of the best-performing categories in fixed-income exchange traded funds in 2011 despite talk of widespread defaults earlier in the year. One of the largest muni bond ETFs is up...
Muni Bond ETF Up 10% This Year Despite Default Warning
November 29, 2011
The largest municipal bond exchange traded fund has gained about 10% this year despite a prominent analyst warning in late 2010 that muni bond investors were facing huge defaults from state and local...
UPDATE 3-TransForce sees oil energizing 2012 profit
November 01, 2011
Nov 1 (Reuters) - TransForce Inc posted better-than-expected quarterly results and forecast a 10-15 percent rise in 2012 profit, as the Canadian trucker expects its energy segment to perform better.
Build America Bond ETFs: Crushing The Muni Competition
October 26, 2011
This year has, so far, been a pretty strange period for municipal bond investors. It started off with a dire prediction from Meredith Whitney on the market as she stated her belief that we will see a...
Muni Bond ETFs Shake Off Harrisburg Bankruptcy Filing
October 12, 2011
Municipal bond exchange traded funds gained ground Wednesday after Harrisburg, Pa., filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy as experts said the debt represents a tiny portion of the $3 trillion muni bond...
Pennsylvania's State Capital Seeks Bankruptcy Protection
October 12, 2011
Harrisburg has become something of a poster child for government debt run amok. Analyst Meredith Whitney has cited the city as an example of why perhaps a hundred or more municipalities will default.
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Aug 2 (Reuters) - Canadian trucker TransForce Inc's second-quarter profit rose 54 percent, as its recent buys in the higher-margin package and courier delivery segment and stronger demand in its energy...
State Deficits May Rattle Muni Bond ETFs
July 05, 2011
Exchange traded funds that invest in municipal bonds have bounced back somewhat after stumbling badly in late 2010 when a noted analyst predicted hundreds of billions of dollars of defaults. Yet muni...
CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open lower on Greek debt woes
June 20, 2011
June 20 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index looked set to open lower on Monday as uncertainty surrounding a resolution of the Greece crisis made investors wary of committing more cash to equities.
State Street Launches High Yield Muni Bond Fund (HYMB)
April 14, 2011
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...
CANADA STOCKS-TSX may open higher; lower oil eases growth fears
February 25, 2011
Feb 25 (Reuters) - Toronto's main stock index looked set to open slightly higher on Friday, as a sharp pullback in oil prices calmed concerns that a recent surge in energy costs could derail the global...
Muni Bond ETFs Trading In Choppy Water
January 27, 2011
The municipal bond exchange traded fund (ETF) market experienced a fair amount of turbulence on the heels of the Fed’s quantitative easing. Still, ratings firms believe that most municipalities will...
CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Vanguard cancels planned muni bond ETFS
January 19, 2011
(Corrects spelling of Morningtar analyst's last name to Strauts in ninth paragraph of Jan. 13 story)
Why investors shouldn’t break with muni bonds
January 14, 2011
The perils of owning municipal bonds nowadays have been overstated, and many mutual funds and ETFs offer diversification of credit risk.
UPDATE 1-Vitran to buy US LTL business to expand footprint
January 13, 2011
SPDR Nuveen Barclays Capital Municipal Bond ETF Trades at a New 52-Week Record Low (TFI)
January 13, 2011