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The Muni Market Turmoil Continues: What's Going on and How to Respond

January 2009 by Annette Thau
There have been a number of very bad years in the municipal bond market. But 2008 is in a league of its own--without any doubt, the worst year ever in the municipal bond market. And the most likely outlook is continued volatility. What lies behind the current declines, and a look at what actions investors may want to consider. Read more »

What You Need to Know About Investing in Municipal Bonds

Munis deserve their popularity among individual investors. They are sound and relatively uncomplicated instruments. Nonetheless, buying individual municipal bonds is not quite as simple as buying Treasuries. Read more »

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Since the late 1970s, changes in the interest rate environment have become the greatest single determinant of bond returns, and managing interest rate risk has become the most critical variable in the management of bond portfolios. Read more »

How Credit Ratings Affect Bond Valuations

Since the late 1970s, changes in the interest rate environment have become the greatest single determinant of bond returns, and managing interest rate risk has become the most critical variable in the management of bond portfolios. Read more »

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Inflation Protection: I Savings Bonds

I Savings Bonds are a vehicle for protecting fixed-income investments against inflation. They are the newest and most attractive of the savings bonds. Read more »

TIPS for Inflation-Proofing Your Portfolio: A Guide to Inflation-Indexed Securities

Treasury Inflation-Indexed Securities--TIPS--were introduced in 1997, and designed so that principal and interest payments would be protected against inflation. Are these right for you? A look at TIPS, TIPS funds, and I savings bonds. Read more »

Bond Basics: An Investor's Guide to the Many Meanings of Yield

The term "yield" can be confusing to investors because it has a number of different meanings. Even more confusing is the fact that these meanings are not directly comparable for individual bonds and for bond funds. Read more »

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