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Watch For These Key ETF Milestones In 2018

Written by David Fabian, December 06th, 2017

While 2017 is not quite yet in the books, some investors are already looking ahead to what the New Year might have in store for their portfolios. ETF investors have been repeatedly rewarded over the last decade with fresh and innovative funds, lower costs, and better liquidity. They are also becoming more discerning over the expenses and quality of their holdings rather than falling for marketing gimmicks or advisor distribution pipelines.

This foresight will come in handy as these products become even more mainstream in the coming years and 2018 will certainly bring many interesting funds to market. The following are some ETF insights to look out for in the New Year.

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What’s The Bull Case For International Bond ETFs?

Written by David Fabian, November 21st, 2017

This week’s ETF column was spawned by a thought-provoking statement on Twitter from one of my favorite follows @econompic.  He deftly pointed out the disparity in current yield between a risk-free savings account in the United States versus the paltry income derived from broad-based international bond ETFs.

For example, one can now easily earn 1.25% (or greater) in a savings or money market account versus the 0.73% current yield of the Vanguard International Bond ETF (BNDX).  This exchange-traded fund is considered one share class of the broader Vanguard International Bond mutual fund series, which combined house over $94 billion in total assets.

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Defensive Strategies For High Yield Bond ETFs

Written by David Fabian, November 15th, 2017

Since early 2016, the trend in credit-sensitive securities has been predominantly higher as yield spreads compress and risk behavior leans on the bullish side. Income-focused investors have poured billions of dollars into exchange-traded funds that track these markets, led by the iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) and SPDR High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (JNK).

More recently, HYG and JNK have exhibited several sharp down days despite the relative calm buoying the global equity markets.  This divergence has many bond investors worried about the future growth prospects of high yield debt and whether they should shield their gains from a potential correction in risk assets.

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Is A Dividend Cut On The Horizon For DBL?

Written by David Fabian, November 06th, 2017

One of the closed-end funds that seems to be a recurrent favorite on our watch list is the DoubleLine Opportunistic Credit Fund (DBL), run by Jeffrey Gundlach of DoubleLine Capital.  This unique actively managed portfolio was the first of its kind to debut from DoubleLine back in 2012 and has developed a cult following among CEF investors.

DBL primarily invests in a mixed basket of mortgage backed securities, collateralized loan obligations and other asset backed securities.  The fund has just over $325 million in total assets with a relatively tame 16% leverage ratio to boost its net exposure.  It currently yields over 8% annually and income is paid monthly to shareholders.  Read more

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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