S&P Capital IQ and BlackRock to Discuss the Fixed Income ETF Landscape During the Next "ETF Analyst Hour"
BlackRock's Dodd Kittsley and S&P Capital IQ's Todd Rosenbluth will look at the growth and innovation shaping the space, as well as how to analyze different fund offerings
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NEW YORK, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent comments from the Federal Reserve and a growing number of economic developments including lower unemployment, have many fixed income investors wondering when, not if, interest rates will start to rise. With this in mind, S&P Capital IQ will focus its next "ETF Analyst Hour" webinar on "Fixed Income ETFs: Growth, Innovations, and How to Analyze."

Taking place on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 11:00am EDT, this webinar will feature special guest speaker Dodd Kittsley, Director, Global Head of ETP Research with BlackRock, who will be joined by Todd Rosenbluth, S&P Capital IQ's Director of ETF and Mutual Fund Research. Kittsley will provide an overview of the state of the U.S. ETF industry, focusing on the income front, and on industry innovations designed to address the challenge of rising interest rates.

Rosenbluth will then lead a discussion on what he sees as the best various ways to incorporate fixed income ETFs into an investor's portfolio, including the importance of analyzing variations in yield, credit quality and interest rate sensitivity. These factors play an important role in the new ETF coverage and rankings that S&P Capital IQ will be rolling out in late May. At that time, reports and rankings on approximately 180 fixed income ETFs will be made available to subscribers of S&P Capital IQ's MarketScope Advisor platform.

"Fixed income exchange traded funds represent one of the most compelling and fastest growing segments of the ETF industry," said Mr. Kittlsey.  "We believe investor appetite for bond ETFs will continue over the coming decade, spurred by the income needs of aging populations and increased awareness of the many benefits that ETFs offer."

This webinar is the latest in S&P Capital IQ's monthly ETF Analyst Hour series and one hour of CFP continuing education credit is available to attendees. Interested attendees can register here.

Anthony Hohmann, ETF product manager, will moderate the discussion and highlight S&P Capital IQ's ETF holdings-based ranking methodology and model performance to date.

Following the presentation, the ETF research reports for the ETFs discussed will be available to all attendees. The ETF reports are initially published on S&P Capital IQ's MarketScope Advisor platform.

Follow @spmarketscope and #ETFHour during the webinar for up-to-the-second ETF commentary from S&P Capital IQ equity analysts.


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