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Bond Insights

Our views on trends in the fixed income market.
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Our views on trends in the fixed income market.

Federal Reserve policymakers raised short-term interest rates again on June 13, and signaled that future rate hikes may occur faster than previously expected.
Certain states may be poised to benefit from recent developments including higher oil prices and legalized sports gambling, and state municipal bond yields generally have risen during the past year. However, investors should be selective about which states and maturities they choose.

Master limited partnerships, or MLPs for short, are investments that can offer investors high yields.

Valuations have improved due to a selloff in emerging market bonds and currencies, but caution is still warranted.
Not all preferred securities are created equal. Here are some of the differences between fixed-rate and “fixed-to-float” preferreds.
Maximizing your tax benefits may not be the only consideration when it comes to building a muni portfolio.
Ten-year Treasury bond yields have been rising. How high could they go? Historical measures may provide some guidance.
Short-term interest rates have risen recently, as has stock market volatility. Here are some potentially attractive and relatively stable short-term investments to consider now.
Many younger investors think bonds are only for older people. But fixed income securities can play useful roles in any portfolio, including buffering downside risk during periods of market volatility and helping to ensure you’ll have available cash for short-term goals.
If you're interested in tax-free municipal bonds, you might want to keep an eye out for these seven tax traps.

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