VanEck Vectors Pre-Refunded Municipal Index ETF(PRB)- NYSEARCA
  • Oct. 31, 2014, 2:53 PM
    • "October 1 was an academic exercise," says a pension-law expert. "[Thursday] was a reality check." The lawyer is referring to a bankruptcy judge yesterday approving Stockton, CA's reorganization plan which leaves untouched its pension obligations. On Oct. 1 that same judge had ruled Stockton could cut its payments to Calpers as it emerged from bankruptcy.
    • Ultimately, city managers - already faced with a hard time retaining municipal workers - decided slashing pension benefits would force an even quicker rush to the exits.
    • Losers when the ruling was issued, government pension plans and organized government labor groups are pleased, but advocates for pension reform say the reorganization plan is a mistake as it allows the city to exit bankruptcy without dealing with the pension obligations which helped put it there in the first place.
    • Monolines today: Ambac (AMBC +4.7%), Assured Guaranty (AGO +1.8%), MBIA (MBI +1.1%).
    • Muni ETFs: MUB, PZA, TFI, CMF, XMPT, PRB, PWZ, CXA, PVI, RVNU, VRD, FMB
    | Oct. 31, 2014, 2:53 PM | 2 Comments
  • Aug. 13, 2013, 12:44 PM
    • Tumbling Treasury prices - with TLT carving out a new 52-week low today - are again hitting income favorites.
    • Leading mREITs (REM -1.4%) lower are Invesco (IVR -3.3%), Annaly (NLY -2.3%), American Capital (AGNC -2%), and Western Asset (WMC -1.6%).
    • A number of income CEFs not long ago were so much in favor they commanded large premiums to NAV. They're now at seemingly growing-by-the-day discounts. Among the movers today is the Pimco Dynamic Income Fund (PDI -1.4%) selling for $27.45 against yesterday's closing NAV of $30.23. Others include: PCI, PFN, and PFL.
    • Still trading at premiums to NAV are the Pimco High Income Fund (PHK -0.9%) and the Pimco Corporate & Income Fund (PTY -1.1%).
    • Municipals (MUB -0.6%) slip as well, hitting Muni CEFs: NXZ -0.9%, IIM -1.2%, VKQ -0.7%.
    • Related ETFs: MORT, MORL, SUB, MUNI, PVI, PZA, SHM, TFI, VRD, HYD, ITM, MLN, PRB, SMB, GMMB, SMMU, RVNU, NY .
    | Aug. 13, 2013, 12:44 PM
PRB Description
The VanEck Vectors Pre-Refunded Municipal Index ETF (PRB) seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the Barclays Municipal Pre-Refunded-Treasury-Escrowed Index (LMPETR), which is intended to track the overall performance of the U.S. dollar denominated pre-refunded or escrowed-tomaturity tax-exempt bond market.
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Country: United States
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