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Questions Loom for Muni Bonds Amid Rising Rate Outlook

Questions Loom for Muni Bonds Amid Rising Rate Outlook

Cities and states have long relied on investor IOUs. We’re talking about municipal bonds, longtime investor darlings for their historically low default rates compared with corporate debt and their ability to generate tax-free income for retirees, or those approaching retirement. The U.S. muni market turned in an impressive performance in 2014, clocking a return of nearly 9% […]

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Bond Market Look: High-Yield and Investment-Grade Bonds

Bond Market Look: High-Yield and Investment-Grade Bonds

Investors looking to add fixed income to their portfolios face a trade-off of sorts: The safest government bonds currently pay very low yields, while higher-yielding corporate bonds are more prone to default and recently suffered a slump. In the current low interest rate environment, how can investors decide? Although there’s no one-size-fits-all formula, high-yield corporate […]

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Green Bonds: Growing Market of ‘Socially Responsible’ Investments

Green Bonds: Growing Market of ‘Socially Responsible’ Investments

Socially responsible investments are trending among individual investors and businesses looking to promote environmental, social, and governance efforts (ESG). So-called “green bond” investing might help investors marry their long-term investment goals with their social values. Green bonds were created to fund projects that have positive environmental and/or climate benefits, but, actually, they’ve been around for at […]

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