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Income Investing

How Safe Is Your High Yield ETF?

Written by David Fabian, October 18th, 2017

The strong outperformance of credit-related securities and progressive trend in interest rates has emboldened many investors to bulk up on high yield funds over the course of this bull market.  The minimal dividends from traditional CDs and high-quality Treasury bonds leaves little to be desired when compared to corporate or municipal debt yielding magnitudes of greater income.

The combination of high dividends, consistent capital appreciation, and relatively low volatility have made for an attractive opportunity for many income investors portfolios.

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Consumer Staples ETFs Face Technical Test

Written by David Fabian, October 03rd, 2017

Consumer staples stocks have always been known for their relatively low volatility and conservative nature. It’s one of the reasons they are such a prominent aspect of many retirement portfolios and continue to serve as a reassuring equity allocation for countless investors.

These companies are typified by their mature business models and inelastic consumer trends. Think grocery stores, beverage companies, consumer goods, tobacco stocks, and drug store chains. They sell products that are constantly in demand no matter what the overall economy is doing. For this primary reason, they are considered more stable than speculative or growth-oriented stocks.

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3 Value ETFs For Factor Purists

Written by David Fabian, September 18th, 2017

Classifying stocks as either growth or value is one of the oldest and most studied fundamental investment pillars.  This process traditionally involves the analysis of various balance sheet statistics to determine a company’s intrinsic net worth relative to its peers and historical benchmarks.

Being that “value” is such a sought-after characteristic, it’s no surprise that over 50 exchange-traded funds are dedicated to the pursuit.  The largest of which include the iShares Russell 1000 Value ETF (IWD) and the Vanguard Value ETF (VTV).  Read more

3 Underrated Bond ETFs For Your Income Portfolio

Written by David Fabian, August 25th, 2017

I write a ton of words every week on the topic of building income portfolios using exchange-traded funds.  Some articles are purely an exercise in research and education, while others are directed towards real-world concepts that we are implementing for clients of our firm.

It’s through this process that I often dive into a new fund or sector and compare it to an established group of peers.  It’s also refreshing to see funds that I have reviewed favorably in the past live up to (or exceed) their lofty expectations.  Read more

3 High Yield International Bond ETFs

Written by David Fabian, August 22nd, 2017

The high yield credit markets have been a smooth ride for income investors throughout 2017. The combination of a steady global equity market uptrend, low volatility, and an abundant thirst for yield has been a tailwind for riskier fixed-income securities.

While many investors have been fixated on the risks and opportunities for owning U.S. corporate debt, the international markets have been steadfastly climbing to new heights. This trend has produced some impressive total return statistics for exchange-traded funds that track these assets.

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