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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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PIMCO Plays It Safe With Multi-Factor Equity ETFs

Written by David Fabian, November 07th, 2017

PIMCO has long been known as a fixed-income powerhouse with an abundance of investment management talent and enviable track record. They are also one of the most successful purveyors of actively managed exchange-traded funds focused primarily on the bond market to-date.

That dynamic changed recently with the launch of three new multi-factor equity ETFs that successfully complement the existing PIMCO fund lineup. These new funds are backed by a stringent research and stock selection criteria created by Rob Arnott of Research Affiliates, who has a well-respected background in building smart beta portfolios.

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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

Understanding High Beta ETFs

Written by David Fabian, October 31st, 2017

One important dynamic of portfolio construction and risk management is understanding how your stocks fluctuate in relation to the broader market. This factor is often referred to as “beta,” which is essentially the historical volatility of a stock or fund in relation to a benchmark such as the S&P 500 Index.

The higher the measured beta of your holdings, the greater price fluctuations they will have in comparison to the benchmark. A high beta score doesn’t necessarily mean that your investments will outperform on the upside or underperform on the downside. It simply means they have exhibited characteristics of outsized moves or over-reactions in the past.

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