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Can Bond Funds Make Sense When Interest Rates Rise?
by Rob Williams
November 17, 2016

Bond funds can experience price swings when interest rates rise, but potentially higher total returns over time can help you recover.

Premium Bonds: What’s the Attraction?
by Collin Martin
November 15, 2016

Paying more for a bond than you stand to get back at maturity may seem like a losing proposition, but premium bonds can offer attractive returns and price stability.

President Trump and Global Trade: How Will Campaign Promises Play Out?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
November 10, 2016

Even if he carries out his most aggressive campaign proposals, we believe the consequences could be less damaging than they might at first seem.

Market Volatility, Trading Halts and Circuit Breakers
by Schwab Center for Financial Research
November 09, 2016

Exchanges may halt trading when the S&P 500 Index® drops quickly. Here’s how “circuit breakers” work and what they’re supposed to do.

Change Is in the Air: A Post-Election Look at Bonds
by Kathy A Jones
November 09, 2016

The election results look set to continue the shift toward increased fiscal spending and higher inflation, but some caveats are in order.

Opposing Views: How the Candidates’ Tax Plans Could Affect Muni Bonds
by Cooper J Howard and Rob Williams
October 20, 2016

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have put forward very different tax plans. What do those plans mean for municipal bond investors?

European Bank Stress: What Does It Mean for the Preferred Securities Market?
by Collin Martin
October 18, 2016

Deutsche Bank's woes have rattled the preferred securities market, which is dominated by financial company issuers. Should investors be concerned?

Are Bond Yields About to Rise?
by Kathy A Jones
October 06, 2016



Back to School with Municipal Bonds
by Cooper J Howard and Rob Williams
September 27, 2016

School district bonds can bring high credit quality and diversity to a portfolio of municipal bonds.

With a Whimper Instead of a Bang: Is the Great Bond Bull Market Over?
by Kathy A Jones
September 27, 2016

U.S. Treasury yields may have bounced, but global economic weakness will likely keep them under pressure. 

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