ETF Report

 Another preferred stock ETF trades

At the end of March, Barclays Global Investors launched its iShares S&P US Preferred Stock (AMEX: PFF). It's not the first preferred stock ETF to trade. Late last year, PowerShares offered its version of a preferred stock product, AMEX: PGF.

Journal Of Indexes

Fundamentally Tested

The sharp market downturn from February 26 to March 5 provided a microtest of how the seemingly endless array of fundamentally weighted, timeliness-seeking, dividend-focused and other specialty exchange-traded funds (ETFs) would perform under fire.

Journal Of Indexes

Exchange-Traded Funds Corner

Largest New ETFs Sorted By Total Net Assets in $US millions
Covers funds launched July 1, 2006 - March 21, 200

ETF Report

 Mortgage-backed securities packaged by iShares

In an exquisite irony of timing, Barclays Global Investors launched its iShares Lehman MBS Fixed Rate Bond (AMEX: MBB), which provides exposure to mortgage- backed securities, mid-March amid a flurry of concern about rising delinquencies in the sub-prime loan market.

ETF Report

 Vanguard’s bond ETFs challenge iShares’ hegemony

Giving Barclays Global Investors’ a run for its money in the ETF fixed income space, Vanguard launched four broad bond ETFs in early April. They are: Total Bond Market (AMEX: BND), Short-Term Bond (AMEX: BSV), Intermediate-Term Bond (AMEX: BIV), Long-Term Bond (AMEX: BLV). All four track Lehman Brothers bond indexes: Aggregate Bond, 1-5 Year Government Credit, 5-10 Year Government/Credit, and Long Government Credit respectively.

Journal Of Indexes

Selected Major Indexes

Features and News

Better (And More!) Bond ETF Choices

The new Vanguard bonds ETFs are just plain better, but kudos to BGI for the high-yield fund.

ETF Report

 New bond ETFs heighten interest

One corner of the ETF industry that has been bypassed-at least until recently- is bonds. It's the forgotten asset class, in part because the mere mention of its name conjures images of stodgy conservatism and more alluring products like private equity, currencies, and alternative weighting schemes have been given preference by ETF designers and captured media attention.