The Fed Hesitates and the Markets Wait

Although a strong economy has changed expectations about the timing and magnitude of interest rate cuts, we still see room for the Federal Reserve to cut by three-quarters of a point this year.

Not Always Tax-Free: 7 Municipal Bond Tax Traps

Although municipal bonds pay interest that is generally exempt from federal and state income taxes, it's not always free from all taxes.

Understanding Corporate Bond Analysis (With Winnie Cisar)

Kathy Jones and Collin Martin speak with Winnie Cisar of CreditSights about how corporate bonds are rated and analyzed.

Why to Consider Longer-Term Bonds Now

Short-term bond yields are high currently, but with the Federal Reserve poised to cut interest rates investors may want to consider longer-term bonds or bond funds.

How Do Muni Bond Credit Ratings Work?

Kathy Jones and Cooper Howard interview Jane Ridley from S&P Global about how municipal bonds are rated.

Earnings Season & High Demand for Corporate Bonds

How have Q4 corporate earnings fared so far, and what's behind the strong demand for investment-grade corporate bonds?

Municipal Bonds: The State of the States

Credit quality in the muni market likely has peaked, but we believe states' strong rainy-day funds and other attributes will lend stability in the near term.

Key Signals from the Fed & How to Manage Risk

Liz Ann Sonders and Kathy Jones analyze new developments in the Fed's balance sheet and debate the role of risk in portfolio construction.

Bank Loans: What Happens If the Fed Cuts Rates?

Bank loan income may decline if the Federal Reserve cuts interest rates. That doesn't mean investors should avoid them altogether, but it's important to understand the risks.

3 Strategies for Bonds & Cash in Wealth Management

Income and diversification are important when creating an investment plan, but timing of cash flow may be more important for part of a portfolio when money is needed soon.