What You Need to Know Now That Puerto Rico Is ‘Junk’ [iShares S&P Natnl AMT – Free Munpl Bd Fd, Market Vectors High Yield Muni. Ind(ETF)]

junk bondsMike Larson: Individual investors love municipal bonds.
NYSE:HYD February 7, 2014 3:43pm

A Duration Story, In Pictures [iShares S&P Natnl AMT – Free Munpl Bd Fd, iShares JPMorgan USD Emer Mkt Bnd Fd ETF]

technical-lookFixed income ETFs today hold $354 billion in assets, accounting for about 15% of total assets—triple their share in 2005. While the fixed income portion of the total ETF pie shrunk in 2013 as money flooded into developed equity funds, growth has remained
NYSE:EMB January 31, 2014 2:55pm

3 Bond Strategies For The New Year

strategyIn my last post, I took a look back at the fixed income strategies that I proposed at the beginning of 2013 to see how my ideas fared.  In some ways, the year shaped up much the way I expected with modest economic growth and the Fed maintaining
NYSE:ISTB January 2, 2014 6:44pm

The Case For Municipal Bond ETFs In 2014

etfs etfsThe municipal bond market has been hard hit this year as investors pulled their capital out of these bonds for most of the year. The Fed’s taper threat and the resultant increase in interest rates
NYSE:MUB December 22, 2013 11:36pm

Does Your 2014 Investing List Include Munis?

Municipal Bond’Tis the Season … for (what else?) lists. There are shopping lists, wish lists, nice lists and, for those of you shopping for investment ideas, BlackRock’s recently released list of five things to know and five things to do in 2014.
NYSE:MUB December 13, 2013 2:35pm

4 Must Watch Trends In Fixed-Income ETFs

market outlookDavid Fabian: With nearly everyone’s eyes on the government shutdown and looming debt ceiling deadline, the bond market has been making some subtle moves over the last four weeks. 
NYSE:HYG October 14, 2013 11:09pm

What’s Supply Got To Do With It? Plenty

Municipal BondThe municipal market took a welcome turn in September, notching its first positive month since April. It was sweet vindication for those of us who knew the summer selloff was overdone. The fundamentals underlying the market just didn’t
NYSE:MUB October 11, 2013 12:30pm

“No Taper” Means Munis Are Still Priced To Buy

market bondsFixed income markets have been hanging on the Fed’s every word. In many ways, it has transformed the municipal bond market into a rates market. In fact, performance in the tax-exempt space has been driven almost exclusively by rates action
NYSE:MUB September 23, 2013 12:47pm

Muni Investors: Time To Get Back To Fundamentals

Municipal BondPeter Hayes: As students around the country return to the classroom, it strikes me that now may be a good time to get back to the fundamentals on the municipal bond market as well.
NYSE:INY September 18, 2013 12:20pm

Detroit Will Change The Way Investors Look At Muni Bonds Forever

Municipal BondShah Gilani: Detroit went bankrupt, but so what?
NYSE:MUB August 2, 2013 12:15pm

How Detroit’s Bankruptcy Affects Bond ETFs

Municipal BondFollowing Detroit’s record-breaking municipal bankruptcy filing, we’ve been fielding a lot of questions from investors. For the broader municipal bond market, we do not anticipate a widespread systemic effect and investors should expect
NYSE:MUB August 1, 2013 3:58pm

What To Expect From Municipal Bond ETFs On Detroit’s Bankruptcy

detroitRecently, Detroit, with its $18 billion in debt, became the largest municipality to file for bankruptcy in the nation’s history. The city has struggled for decades with a shrinking population (and tax base), crime, and jobs troubles, all of which
NYSE:MUB July 25, 2013 4:57pm

Is The City of Detroit The Beginning of A Trend In Municipal Debt?

debt: “Motor City,” USA is in trouble. Detroit, straddled with close to $20.0 billion in debt, simply could not move forward and was forced to declare bankruptcy late last week—the largest bankruptcy in U.S. municipal history.
NYSE:MUB July 24, 2013 3:04pm

4 Reasons To Like Municipal Bonds

Municipal BondPeter Hayes, Head of the Municipal Bonds Group at BlackRock, and I’m happy to join the BlackRock blog to offer thoughts on the municipal bond market.
NYSE:MUB July 16, 2013 1:25pm

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