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PowerShares Preferred Portfolio ETF (PGX)

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  • Jul. 18, 2012, 11:07 AM
    Preferred stock ETF investors frustrated by most funds' heavy exposure to financials have an alternative in Van Eck's just-launched PFXF. The fund attempts to mirror the performance of the Wells Fargo Hybrid and Preferred Securities ex-Financials Index.
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  • Jul. 17, 2012, 3:03 PM
    Preferred stock investors (PFF) - currently in the enviable position of earning a sweet return as the supply of available shares dwindles - get another fund to choose from with the launch of the Global X SuperIncome Preferred ETF (SPFF), set up to track an S&P Index of the highest yielding preferreds in the U.S. and Canada.
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  • Jul. 12, 2012, 12:11 PM
    "There is a tremendous demand for 'quality yield' and not a lot of it," writes Annaly, noting a "dramatic shrinkage" in preferred shares is on the way. One source of reduction will be banks calling in their Trust Preferred Securities (i, ii, iii, iv) as these no longer qualify as capital under new Basel rules. Is PFF, currently yielding 5.84%, about to become more dear?
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The PowerShares Preferred Portfolio (Fund) is based on The BofA Merrill Lynch Core Fixed Rate Preferred Securities Index (Index). The Fund will normally invest at least 90% of its total assets in securities that comprise the Index. The Index is designed to replicate the total return of a diversified group of investment-grade preferred securities. (Securities must be investment-grade, based on an average of three leading ratings agencies: Moody's, S&P and Fitch). The Index is rebalanced on a monthly basis.
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