Displaying items by tag: fixed income

Wednesday, 19 January 2022 19:32

Four Active ETFs for Income Outperformance

Active funds get overlooked by many investors in their retirement portfolios because investors view them with a certain amount of risk aversion. However, rising inflation and positive income expectation make them a viable investment alternative. For global diversity, investors should consider SPDR SSgA Global Allocation ETF and the Invesco Optimum Yield Diversified Commodity Strategy No K-1 ETF which have unique exposures. For those wanting to maintain fixed income exposure but better yield, First Trust Low Duration Opportunities ETF and First Trust Prefered Securities Income ETF are both debt-focused funds that are great for retirement. Active ETFs have a fee advantage over the often considered mutual funds.


FINSUM: These are great alternatives given the pending interest rate and inflation risk that are both permeating bond markets.

Published in Eq: Dividends
Monday, 10 January 2022 14:48

Don’t Buy Fixed-Income ETFs at the Wrong Time

Timing is everything in the market, and investors have a lot of reasons to be cautious in the bond market. A confluence of factors is making it likely that bond yields might jump up in 2022, particularly on longer-duration government debt. This is concerning as bond yields and prices move in the opposite directions so jumping on long-term debt right now could be deadly. For instance, the latest treasury yield rise sent an equivalent of an 800-point Dow Jones plunge in the iShares 20+ Year Treasury ETF (TLT). This is potentially scary as the markets are expecting three 25 basis points hikes from the Fed this year and inflation could also send bond yields rising. Most funds would see between a 1-3% hit on a 30-basis point yield spike.


Finsum: It’s critical to time the market but you might just stay away from long-term bonds, and stay on the shorter end of the duration.

Published in Bonds: Total Market

The active ETF market is full of bonds as nearly 2/3rds of all active funds are in fixed income. Everyone is searching for a beta advantage in this market, and real estate could be the play. Index tracking fixed income isn’t cutting it because of the low yield environment, and treasuries taking up too much space. Investors are shortening the duration to mitigate the interest rate risks as inflation is baring down as well. Funds like DigitalBridge Fundamental US Real Estate, are managed fixed-income products that give exposure to fixed-income and REITs. Most investors hold bond funds for precaution but real estate does a better job of providing uncorrelated returns. DBRIX just hit a three-year anniversary in a growing market segment.


FINSUM: Shortening duration has been a no brainer for those with bond exposure but adding some real estate to the fixed income could really distinguish an active FI opportunity.

Published in Bonds: Total Market
Tuesday, 28 December 2021 22:10

Last-Minute Tips for Cutting Your Tax Loss

The deadline is approaching for many investors to capitalize on tax strategies to minimize their bills moving forward. The most important thing investors can do is capitalize before the end of the year and claim losses they have. Special deductions are given to those with losers outpacing winners, up to $3000. However, investors should be wary of wash rules that may penalize them for repurchases within a 30-day period. The other most important strategy is to actually pay off excess medical expenses. Special provisions will mitigate your tax losses if they reach a certain portion of your income. Deferring income could also be a way out but it could be a risky strategy because next year could be even better than 2021.


FINSUM: Now is the time to capitalize on bond market blues and sell off those useless-yieldless tickets to save on the tax bill.

Published in Wealth Management
Monday, 27 December 2021 21:35

Forget Beta; Fixed Income ETFs Give an Alpha Edge

The low rate environment has flipped the paradigm of many investors when it comes to the bond market, and most investors are leaning on higher-yield fixed income ETFs to augment their portfolios. Sure fixed-income ETFs are mainly used as a risk mitigator for most investors, but they also are the way to generate alpha. Investors can better manage the liquidity of Fixed income ETFs as opposed to individual bonds, so they pose fewer liquidity constraints when selling. With liquidity concerns off the table, investors can more freely move securities to look for an advantage of standard indices, hence alpha. On top of this, their broader exposure is a better source of risk mitigation as well.


FINSUM: Being able to flip a fixed income ETF faster than individual bonds is a leg up in decision making, and another reason to cast a wider net in the current fixed income market.

Published in Bonds: Total Market
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