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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 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

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

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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Second Quarter Outlook: Trends, Risks, and Opportunities

Written by David Fabian, March 30th, 2017

Forecasting the direction of the markets on a quarter by quarter basis is no easy feat.  There are simply too many unknowns to determine exactly what will happen and how investors will react to future events on both a micro and macro level.  Nevertheless, a look back at recent price action and examining seasonal trends can be helpful to frame expectations.  It may also elevate the need for closer examination of your existing holdings and offer consideration for changes to reduce risk or capitalize on fresh opportunities. Read more