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IGOV vs. ETF Alternatives
The iShares S&P/Citigroup International Treasury Bond Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance, before fees and expenses, of the S&P/Citigroup International Treasury Bond Index Ex-US.
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- In Your Portfolio: A Guide to International and Emerging Market Government Bond ETFs
- Asset Class Performance: Bonds
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- Ireland's first bond sale since exiting its EU bailout appears set to be a blockbuster, with the government reportedly receiving indications of interest worth €9B for the planned sale of €3B in 10-year debt.
- The demand has caused the yield on existing 10-year paper to drop 8 bps to an eight-year low of 3.27% compared with a peak of 15% in 2011.
- Based on early orders, the new notes will carry interest of 3.55%.
- ETFs: BWX, BNDX, EIRL, IGOV, BWZ, ISHG
Wednesday, Jun 52013, 10:09 AMVanguard finally moves into the international and emerging bond market ETF space, launching today its Total International Bond ETF (BNDX) with expense ratio of 0.20% and its Emerging Markets Government Bond ETF (VWOB) with expense ratio of 0.35%. Both are hedged against currency exposure. Possible competitors include: GLCB, IGOV, EMB. |Wednesday, Jun 52013, 10:09 AM| Comment!
Monday, Mar 182013, 4:57 AMRon Rowland offers additional highlights on the recently expanded lineup of commission-free ETFs over at Fidelity including the following caveat: Funds not held for 30 days by retail investors or 60 days by RIAs using Fidelity as a custodian will be subject to a $7.95 per-trade commission. Some RIAs have complained that the longer holding period directed at them is unfair. Rowland spells out the full list of affected ETFs here. |Monday, Mar 182013, 4:57 AM| Comment!
Wednesday, Jul 252012, 1:05 PMStable or shrinking yield premiums to Treasurys suggest some emerging market sovereign debt is emerging as a safe-haven play. Of note are Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia, but the Philippines and Indonesia are also on the list of those not necessarily selling off every time markets go into "risk off" mode. |Wednesday, Jul 252012, 1:05 PM| Comment!
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Tuesday, Jan 32012, 5:55 AMG7 countries will need to refinance over $7.6T of debt this year, with the amount increasing to more than $8T when interest payments are included. Japan leads the way with $3T, followed by the U.S. with $2.8T. Crucially, Italy will need to raise $428B and pay another $70B in interest. |Tuesday, Jan 32012, 5:55 AM| 2 Comments
Friday, Aug 52011, 4:53 AMItalian and Spanish bond yields are rising ever higher and world markets are being routed, but for the ECB to step in would be "like pouring water into a bucket with a hole in it," says governing council member Luc Coene. Seems like he's pouring water onto an electric fire. |Friday, Aug 52011, 4:53 AM| 1 Comment
Friday, Aug 52011, 4:22 AMFurther increases in Italian and Spanish bond yields make a mockery of the ECB's buying of just Irish and Portuguese debt. Italian 10-year bond yields hit more fresh euro-era highs, rising 0.15 percentage point to 6.35%. Those of Spain hit 6.358%. Meanwhile, the yield on gilts touches a record low of 2.59%. |Friday, Aug 52011, 4:22 AM| Comment!
Saturday, Apr 302011, 8:15 AMTim Geithner and Treasury may not be intentionally holding down the dollar, but that doesn't mean it's poised for any kind of rally. There are still ways to profit from the incredible shrinking greenback, including large-cap heavy exporters, international bonds, gold (of course), and some - not all - foreign currencies. |Saturday, Apr 302011, 8:15 AM| 2 Comments
Thursday, Apr 72011, 5:05 PMGE Asset Management, following "very, very aggressive run-ups" in credit markets, is unloading its CMBS, junk bonds, and emerging market debt in favor of longer term Treasuries. CIO Paul Colonna sees not a recession, but an economic slowdown enough to "impact asset prices." |Thursday, Apr 72011, 5:05 PM| 1 Comment
Thursday, Mar 242011, 5:53 PMIt looks like the IMF has finally gotten the memo, declaring in a blog post that government bonds are not the risk-free asset they once were. The main implication being that sovereign paper now assumes the characteristics of a credit instrument - the price mainly reflects probability of default. |Thursday, Mar 242011, 5:53 PM| 9 Comments