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Income Investing

What You Need To Know About Rising Rate Equity ETFs

Written by David Fabian, August 08th, 2017

The concept of rising interest rates is one that investors have been worried about for many years. While we have yet to experience an extended period of rising Treasury bond yields in the last several decades, that hasn’t tampered fears of how such an event would unfold and to what magnitude.

Interest rates, like stocks or commodities, go through cycles of rising and falling trends that can have a pronounced impact on your portfolio returns. Fixed-income assets experience the highest level of inverse correlation with interest rates. However, there is also an undeniable impact on certain stock market sectors as well.

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It’s Been A Dreary Year For High Dividend ETFs

Written by David Fabian, July 25th, 2017

If there is one asset class that conservative investors love to own, it’s dividend stocks. These high payout companies differentiate themselves from their growth-oriented peers by electing to return earnings to shareholders in the form of quarterly income. This presents an attractive way for retirees and other income-focused investors to participate in the equity markets as well as boost the aggregate yield of their portfolio.

Dividend stocks are unique in that their business models are generally well-established with healthy cash flow or capital financing capabilities. In some instances, these attributes can also lend themselves to lower volatility than a basket of high growth stocks focused on cash burn and product or services innovation.

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Put TCW’s New Actively Managed Bond ETF On Your Watch List

Written by David Fabian, July 22nd, 2017

I’ve always been a big fan of actively managed bond funds as a way for investors to access risk managed or alpha-generating strategies.  Unlike active stock pickers, the best managers from the likes of PIMCO, DoubleLine, Guggenheim, and Loomis Sayles have proven track records of adding value for their investors versus a passive benchmark.  Fixed-income is still one of those asset classes where sector positioning, duration targeting, and credit selection can make a huge impact on net returns.

Look back through my blog and you will see numerous references to some of my favorite funds like the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund (DBLTX) or the PIMCO Income Fund (PONDX).  We have owned both for our clients and in our own accounts for years.  Read more

Dealing With A Dividend Cut In Your CEF Portfolio

Written by David Fabian, July 12th, 2017

If you dabble in the closed-end fund market long enough, you are probably going to own a fund that sees its dividend cut.  This seemingly innocuous event can have numerous ripple effects for shareholders that should be carefully evaluated before you respond with any knee-jerk reactions.  Read more

3 Smart Beta Bond ETFs You Need To Check Out

Written by David Fabian, July 12th, 2017

The world of bond funds is generally split along two distinct lines: active and passive. You either own the benchmark or you place your bets with the fund manager who is proactively trying to beat it. Both strategies offer numerous benefits and risks depending on your investment objectives.

With a passive index, you know exactly what you own and that you are going to get every tick of associated price movement from the portfolio. There are strict rules on what securities can be admitted and when they are rebalanced. These funds also offer the lowest costs in terms of direct investment expenses.

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