EC Banks Serving Up Big Gains

A Blackrock product, the iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (IAT), is a market-cap-weighted composite of small- to medium-sized bank issues. IAT’s risen 20% for the year.

With a year-to-date gain of 19%, the First Trust Nasdaq ABA Community Bank Index ETF (QABAdraws its constituents from the smaller end of Nasdaq listings.

Regional and community bank exposure may be just the way for investors to spike the ball as interest rates cycle higher in the coming year, provided the segment’s inherent volatility can be tolerated.

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Disclosure: Brad Zigler pens's Alternative Insights newsletter. Formerly, he headed up marketing and research for the Pacific Exchange's (now NYSE Arca) option ...

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