Features and News

Muni Madness: Yields Still Fat & Bargains Abound

Muni funds have a lot of appealing features right now for income-minded investors. And economists believe the muni rally might not be finished yet.  

ETF Report

 Short-Term Bonds Serve Purpose In 2008

With all the turmoil in the markets in 2008, there was a rather widespread flight to safety. Problem is, there weren't exactly a lot of safe havens. Almost every asset class was in the red at the end of the year—commodities, real estate, developed markets, emerging markets, corporate bonds … you get the picture. As a result, much of the mass exodus from those "unsafe" areas of the markets ended up in just two places: cash or short-term bonds.

Features and News

BGI Enters Target Date Market; Adds Bond ETFs

BGI says it will target the IRA market and retirement plans of smaller employers with the new target date funds.

Journal Of Indexes

Around The World Of ETFs

Claymore Says Timberrr!

Claymore is offering investors access to a market segment that they may not have been able to access before. The Claymore/Clear Global Timber ETF (AMEX: CUT) is the first U.S.-listed timber fund. Previously, timber was largely restricted to institutional investors because of the high costs associated with acquiring timber land.

ETF Report

 PowerShares Launches VRDO And High-Yield Bond ETFs

PowerShares continues to add funds toits fixed-income ETF lineup. New launchesincludes the PowerShares VRDOTax-Free Weekly Portfolio (PVI), whichtracks an index of variable rate demandobligations (VRDOs)—a very secure typeof short-term municipal bond.

Features and News

Van Eck Enters Muni Market

Van Eck launches an intermediate-term muni bond ETF, as the competition continues in that space.

ETF Report

 PowerShares packages VRDOs and high-yield bonds

PowerShares added two more fixed-income ETFs to its portfolio of funds.

Features and News

PowerShares Launches First-Ever VRDO ETF

The firm rolled out ETFs covering VRDOs and high-yield bonds.