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iShares Launches Muni-Bond ETFs

While the vast majority of fixed income ETF assets are allocated to total bond market funds -- BND and AGG have combined assets of more than $17 billion -- increasingly innovative and targeted products are seeing some success.

State Street's convertible bond ETF ( CWB ) has amassed more than $200 million and PowerShares' Build America Bond Portfolio ( BAB ) is quickly building assets as well. Expect several more product launches in 2010 as issuers race to establish market share in a rapidly expanding space.

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At the time of publication, Johnston did not have a position in any equities mentioned. Michael Johnston is the senior analyst and founder of ETF Database, a Web-based investment resource providing actionable ETF investment ideas and an ETF Screener for investors analyzing potential ETF investments. Johnston oversees ETF Database's free ETF Newsletter, one of the most popular sources for news and commentary focusing exclusively on the exchange-traded fund industry. Johnston also maintains and develops content for ETFdb Pro, a line of analyst reports and model portfolios designed to help investors utilize ETFs to meet their investment goals.

Johnston has completed the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program, and obtained his bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to founding ETF Database, Michael worked in a private client service group performing valuations of companies operating in a wide range of industries.

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