Perspectives Blog

Municipals flashing “buy” signal

Chad Farrington, CFA, Head of Municipal Bond Research | July 8, 2013

The recent swift correction in tax-exempt interest rates has created opportunities for municipal bond investors to attain very attractive risk-adjusted returns. An investor in the highest tax bracket could achieve around a 7.0% taxable equivalent yield in today’s market environment. With credit quality largely remaining stable for many municipal issuers and rates significantly higher than just a few weeks ago, this may be a good time to lock in…

Trouble in paradise: Q&A about Puerto Rico bonds

Chad Farrington, CFA, Head of Municipal Bond Research | January 2, 2014

Why has Puerto Rico become such an issue now? Should investors be concerned with a downgrade or default? Is Puerto Rico a systemic risk for the municipal market? Historically, Puerto Rico (PR) bonds’ high yield and triple tax exemption (federal, state and local) had been a big lure for many institutional investors, such as mutual funds. PR debt exposure in municipal bond funds, namely single-state municipal bond funds, proved advantageous for sh…