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Longer Muni Bonds Offer Tempting Yields

It has become a tale of two bond markets—Treasurys and municipal bonds. Much has been made of the flattening Treasury yield curve and what that portends, including a possible recession. But the muni b... read more

Closed-End Muni Funds Offer Hefty Yields

See Also: How to Earn Up to 12% Yield With Closed-end Funds Muni closed-end funds, however, offer a more tempting distribution ... end funds cut distributions as longer-term rates fell and managers sa... read more

Yield Curve?

If it is well under 3%, the yield curve would be very flat, and forward rate calculations would be worrisome. The long-term 30-year Treasury bond could be 3.5% or higher. Let's call that a ... read more

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Muni Bond Issuers Reach Out to Individual Investors (and Their Advisors)

The chance of a spike, however, appears remote, as the municipal yield curve has been toying with inversion — where short-term rates are higher than long-term rates ... as such “mini-bonds” offer limi... read more


Investing For The Long-Term With Closed-End Funds

Over longer periods, however, CEF leverage has historically boosted income more than enough to compensate for the added cost and volatility that may accompany leverage in periods of rising rates ... f... read more

Sponsor Insights: Getting Active to Seek Greater Returns in Today’s Municipal Bond Market

Investors have long found a place in their portfolios for municipal bonds, a high-quality asset class that offers tax-advantaged income, low default rates and diversification. While it is possible to ... read more

Interest Rates Are Up, But Don’t Shy Away From Bonds

That assumes a similar yield increase in bonds with all different maturities. In reality, the Fed only controls short term rates. We’ve actually seen rates of longer maturity bonds ... Tax-free munici... read more

The BlackRock Municipal Income Investment Trust - A 5.36% Tax-Free Yield For (Very) Aggressive Investors

Despite macroeconomic headwinds such as rising bond yields and tax reform, national municipal ... could be a sign of a long-term trend. Even so, the fund's 5.36% trailing 12-month yield that is exempt ... read more

Muni bond default risk is rising

30-year muni is 1.3 percentage points higher than for a 10-year. Sounds tempting, but the reality is that’s a small premium for locking up your money, and the spread is narrowing. Yields on long-term ... read more

Is It Safe To Buy Muni Bond ETFs Again? (HYD)

Also, with the Fed planning to raise interest rates faster this year, the appeal of muni bonds – which offer relatively higher current income ... of the U.S. dollar denominated high yield long-term ta... read more

High Yield Muni ETFs Beating Junk Bond ETFs

munis should offer enough of a yield cushion to buffer a performance slip. And that yield cushion is tax exempt. HYD, which tracks a market-weighted index of high-yield long-term tax-exempt municipal ... read more

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