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- Barron's "ETF Roundtable" features David Cleary of Lazard, Fritz Folts of 3EDGE Asset Management, John Forlines III of JAForlines Global, and Will McGough from Stadion Money Management.
- ETFs they like include:
- Gold: iShares Gold Trust (NYSEARCA:IAU) "has a lower expense ratio (0.25%) than (NYSEARCA:GLD)," VanEck Vectors Gold Miners (NYSEARCA:GDX), and GLD.
- iShares Global Materials (NYSEARCA:MXI).
- Emerging markets: iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets (NYSEARCA:IEMG), SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets Quality Mix (NYSEARCA:QEMM), iShares MSCI Brazil Capped (NYSEARCA:EWZ), EGShares India Infrastructure (NYSEARCA:INXX) "We like India in general as a long-term option," iShares Latin America 40 (NYSEARCA:ILF) "We're starting to see governance improvements in Latin America broadly," iShares J.P. Morgan USD Emerging Markets Bond (NYSEARCA:EMB).
- Emerging-market proxies: iShares MSCI Canada (NYSEARCA:EWC) and iShares MSCI Australia (NYSEARCA:EWA).
- iShares Core High Dividend ETF (NYSEARCA:HDV). iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility (NYSEARCA:USMV) "Now there's more uncertainty, and that's when these low-vol strategies do best."
- iShares North American Tech (NYSEARCA:IGM) and iShares U.S. Consumer Services (NYSEARCA:IYC), "We still like consumer services and technology."
- PowerShares QQQ (NASDAQ:QQQ), Vanguard Small Cap Value (NYSEARCA:VBR), "Blending the two doesn't tilt the portfolio too much in one direction or the other, because the combination blends small and large, growth and value."
- SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:JNK), PowerShares Fundamental High Yield Corporate Bond Portfolio (NYSEARCA:PHB).
- VanEck Vectors Fallen Angel High Yield Bond (NYSEARCA:ANGL), "These are viable companies, and although they've moved from investment- grade to high-yield, they're likely survivors."
- "We like preferreds, via the iShares U.S. Preferred Stock (NYSEARCA:PFF)." Also: iShares International High Yield Bond ETF (BATS:HYXU).
- iShares MSCI Europe Small-Cap (NASDAQ:IEUS).
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- The Bond King may be battered and bruised a little bit, but his words still cary some weight, with two of his three Barron's Mid-Year Roundtable picks from this weekend posting big gains on heavier-than-usual volume. The thesis: Own some mildly levered closed-end bond funds which can borrow at 10 or 20 basis points, re-lend the money at 400 to 500 basis points, and produce a yield of 7-8%.
- One Bill Gross is buying for his own portfolio is the BlackRock Build America Bond Trust (BBN +2.5%). The feds subsidize 35% of the interest paid, the fund usually owns A- and AA-rated long-term bonds, and currently yields 7.5%.
- He's also a buyer of the Pimco Dynamic Income Fund (PDI +1.1%), an owner of non-agency mortgages expected to yield between 8-10%. On sale for some time, the fund now trades at about net asset value.
- Gross' third pick is an ETF, the iShares U.S. Preferred Stock Fund (PFF +0.1%). Liquid with an expense ratio below 50 bps, the fund primarily holds bank preferreds. It's a short-term play, says Gross, as many of the preferreds in its portfolio will be refunded within a year or to and the dividend will fall. In the meantime, one can collect a 5.5% yield.
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- The PowerShares Variable Rate Preferred Portfolio (VRP) will track the Wells Fargo Hybrid and Preferred Securities Floating and Variable Rate Index to gain exposure to capital weighted pool of preferred stocks and qualifying hybrid securities.
- The db X-trackers Solactive Investment Grade Subordinated Debt Fund (SUBD) will tack the investment-grade subordinated corporate bond market denominated in U.S. dollars; this will be the first U.S. listed ETF to focus on subordinated securities.
- Subordinated loans rank below senior corporate bonds but this risk could potential lead to a higher yield than existing corporate debt funds.
- Other preferred share ETFs: PFF, PGX, PSK, PFXF, SPFF, FPE
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