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|52 Week Range||105.00 - 110.02|
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The iShares Core U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (NYSE: AGG), the largest U.S.-listed fixed income exchange traded fund, reached its 15th birthday Sept. 22, making it an appropriate time to examine the bond ETF boom. When AGG debuted, a scant number of bond ETFs were on the market. Various data points indicate the growth of bond ETFs will continue.
The debate over active vs passive investing is as old as investing itself. Should you invest in actively-managed funds or should you buy index funds? The active vs passive investing debate often centers around the history of performance when comparing actively-managed funds with passively-managed funds.
The iShares Core US Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG) tracks the investment results found in the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, which can give fixed income investors broad exposure to the bond markets. However, there are times when higher yields can be extrapolated from looking at options like the SPDR Blmbg BarclaysST HY Bd ETF (SJNK), which has been outdueling the AGG on a year-to-date basis. SJNK has returned 3.12% year-to-date, 4.09% the past year and 5.53% the last three years, while AGG is down 1.11% YTD. Additionally, AGG is down 1.26% within the past year, but up 1.70% in the last three years--a case that deconstructing the AGG to corner specific areas of the bond market, high-yield in this particular case, could be more profitable.
In the context of portfolio construction, the best thing about bonds is that they are not stocks. All these attributes lend themselves to bonds being less than perfectly correlated with stocks, making them good diversifiers of equity risk. As stocks continue to chug along and interest rates have lifted off from their recent lows and could climb higher still, now is a good time to revisit bonds' role in a diversified portfolio.
The Nasdaq Composite shed 1.43% at Monday's closing bell, thanks to investors fretting over the additional tariffs U.S. President Donald Trump is set to impose on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Apple lost 2.7% on potential issues looming as the trade war escalation between the U.S. and China could negatively impact computer parts. While the trade wars continue to move and shake the U.S. capital markets, it hasn't deterred investors from deploying capital into exchange-traded funds (ETFs)--$167.9 billion worth of inflows.
Rising interest rates have presented a challenge for passively-managed funds, which may exclude a significant portion of the investable debt market that could offer investors more diversification if they allocated capital into an actively-managed fund. For example, rising interest rates can hurt fixed-income investors who have capital allocated to debt with fixed rates that don't move with short-term rate adjustments made by the Federal Reserve. With no signs of slowing, it appears that a steady diet of rising rates is in order, according to Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren.
American business magnate and value investing guru Warren Buffett turned 88 today, reminding us in an interview with CNBC that the more things change, the more things stay the same--especially with respect to his distaste for bonds. Backed by the S&P 500 in the midst of the longest bull market recorded, the "Oracle of Omaha" was quick to heap praise on U.S. equities over debt issues. "If you had your choice between buying and holding a 30-year bond for 30 years or a basket of American stocks, there's no question you're going to do better holding stocks," said Buffett.
In the wake of an escalating trade war between the U.S. and China, ETF investors turned risk-off and fled toward the relative safety of fixed-income assets. In light of the heightened tariff concerns, ...
The iShares Core US Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG) tracks the investment results found in the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, which can give fixed income investors broad exposure to the bond markets. Companies like WisdomTree Investments offer exchange-traded funds that capitalize on the strategy of deconstructing the AGG, which pertains to an investment strategy that corners a specific portion of the bond market sectors–government debt via Treasuries, agencies, credit, mortgage-backed securities (MBS), commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), and asset-backed securities (ABS).
Stocks across the globe have suffered their worst first half in a year since 2010, wiping out trillions of dollars from the MSCI's 47-country world index. Inside the hot and flop ETFs in terms of fund flows.
The iShares Core US Aggregate Bond ETF (AGG) , which tracks the investment results of the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index, can give bond investors general exposure to the fixed income markets, but there are times when current market conditions warrant a deconstruction of the AGG to extract maximum investor benefit. The deconstruction of the AGG refers to an investment strategy in which an investor corners a specific portion of the bond market sectors--Government debt via Treasuries, agencies, credit, mortgage-backed securities (MBS), commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), and asset-backed securities (ABS).
There is one economic measure at China’s dispense that could force the Trump administration to back away from its aggressive trade policy. This measure could dangerous, and not just for the United States, but for the global financial system.
When it comes to exchange-traded funds (ETFs), expenses matter a lot. The low-cost providers tend to stand out among investors. While there are tons of ETFs to choose from, BlackRock, Charles Schwab and Vanguard are getting accolades in Forbes' list of the best ETFs for 2018.
Vanguard, the second-largest U.S. issuer of exchange traded funds, said it is changing the listing venue for the Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND) to Nasdaq from the New York Stock Exchagne (NYSE). BND, one of the largest fixed income ETFs in the U.S., will make the switch on or about July 26. “By moving BND to Nasdaq, Vanguard aims to achieve certain benefits, including trading and liquidity synergies among its suite of total bond market ETFs,” according to a statement from Pennsylvania-based Vanguard.
When it comes to investing in ETFs, various investors are acclimated to using different metrics, fundamental or technical, when it comes down to screening for those with the best returns. One aspect that ...
The FOMC’s June meeting concluded on June 13, and the committee decided to increase the federal funds rate by 0.25%. The June rate hike was completely priced in, but the markets (ACWI) were eagerly awaiting the updated SEP (Summary of Economic Projections) report, which included the dot plot, a forecast for future interest rate hikes.
With the unemployment rate at a low 3.8%, rising wages and a healthy inflation level, the markets are poised for another rate hike by the Federal Reserve. The federal funds rate is currently in the range of 1.5% to 1.75%, but an increase of a quarter of a percentage point is expected, but not guaranteed. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve will release the most recent economic forecasts, which could hint at additional hikes.
Various studies and surveys are confirming the growth trajectory of the exchange traded funds industry and the importance of institutional investors in driving that growth. "In April 2017, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners revised its methodology for accounting of fixed-income ETFs,” CFRA Research Director of ETF & Mutual Fund Research Todd Rosenbluth said in a Thursday note.
The Bureau of Economic Analysis (or BEA) released its second estimate for real GDP for the first quarter on May 30. Although the reading was lower than consensus expectations, the reason for the decline was due to a decline in inventories, which could be considered a positive sign.
Investors sought safer shores Tuesday as geopolitical concerns rocked global stock markets and sent the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 400 points.
On Friday, two-year Italian bond yields rose 35 basis points in one day — almost equivalent to the entire range of the year for U.S. 10-year Treasurys.