Economy

Looking for exposure to a gaggle of securities? With fixed income ETFs, you’ve scored, according to etf.com.

From speculative emerging market debt to “top notch” U.S. government debt, these ETFs blanket the corners of the market, the site continued.

Homing in on this ETF works much like tabbing any other asset class does; it starts with nailing down your targeted exposure or the kinds of bonds that float your boat. From there, it’s a matter of contemplating the credit ratings and interest rate risk the underlying securities of the ETF.

Sovereign, corporate, municipals and broad market are, broadly speaking, the four categories into which ETF’s fall.

Fixed income investments are leveraged by many investors to balance risk and to generate regular income, according to finance.yahoo.com.

Almost like a smorgasbord, while some investors opt for individual bonds, others pluck down their money on bond mutual funds, the site continued. Then there’s a fixed-income ETF, which keys on a less expensive diversified pool of funds. 

There’s no backburner when it comes to ETFs; they immediately can be purchased or unloaded. That way, you can time effectively manage your portfolio, according to the site. 

Sure, money makes the world go round….and round, but when it comes to financial advisors changing firms, while cash, of course, speaks, it’s not alone, according to smartasset.com.

They also take into account the way in which their financial well being and personal wealth will be impacted by a transaction.

While it always should land high on the list, the financial recruiting package is among a number of factors it’s incumbent upon advisors to study, the site continued. The package also is impacted by elements such as true payouts, hanging onto clients and office and staff. 

 

That said, according to average annual earnings, the bulk of financial advisors fall in the 90th percentile of U.S. workers, reported smartasset.

 

The bottom line: last year, the average advisors raked in around $120,000, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Conversely, the same year, the average joe brought in $58,300.

 

Last year, Barron’s reported that the market for financial advisors had been stoked due partly to new rivals entering the mix and a spark in the competition among wealth managers,

 

Foremost -- besides their wallet -- advisors eyeing moving to new firms are strongly intent on gaining “freedom and control,” said Mindy Diamond, the founder and CEO of Diamond Consultants, according to thinkadvisor.co.

One of the hallmarks of this year’s bear market has been heightened volatility, but that appears to be easing during the rally that started in mid-June. The CBOE Volatility Index, or VIX, is a calculation designed to produce a measure of the constant 30-day expected volatility of the U.S. stock market. The VIX, also called the fear gauge, is hovering around 21, far below the 35 reading earlier in the year, and well below the 85 reading during the height of the pandemic. In fact, the VIX is trading well below its 200-day simple moving average. Volatility has been retreating due to a rebound in the market, with the S&P 500 up 12.5% since its June 16th low. However, a reading over 20 still reflects a heightened sense of fear over the short-term with many market observers believing the summer bear market rally may be short-lived.


Finsum: While market volatility appears to be easing based on recent VIX readings, this may be short-lived with the summer bear market on its last legs.

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