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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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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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All Your Money At One Fund Company? You May Be Selling Yourself Short

Written by David Fabian, December 01st, 2016

Investors like to stick with what they know and that is often demonstrated in the use of a single fund company for all their wealth.  I see it quite frequently when I review portfolios for prospective clients.  “I’m a Vanguard guy.”  “I love Fidelity funds.”  “All my money is at American Funds or PIMCO or T. Rowe Price.” Read more

A Closer Look At Top Interest Rate Hedged ETFs

Written by David Fabian, November 22nd, 2016

Most investors purchase bond funds with a degree of interest rate sensitivity.  This is by design as they want to experience the off-setting effects of falling interest rates in exchange for capital appreciation of the underlying bond portfolio.  It’s a built-in risk mechanism that has been a successful diversification component when paired with stocks and other assets higher up the volatility scale.

Yet, after decades of falling rates, the long-term return expectations of many bond funds have fallen dramatically.  There is also growing concern that even a modest rise in Treasury yields will create a significant shift in the risk appetites of bond investors.  With so much anxiety surrounding the recent jump in interest rates, now may be a prudent time to explore the menu of bond ETFs with an embedded hedging component.

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6 Gigantic Bond Funds With High Fees And Poor Performance

Written by David Fabian, September 23rd, 2016

The rise of low-cost, index-based options in the mutual fund and ETF space has created a truly amazing environment for investors.  Companies like Vanguard, BlackRock, and Charles Schwab have created ways for investors to access diversified pools of stocks and bonds for very little (to almost zero) cost.  This translates into more money that stays in your accounts and compounds over time. Read more