Steve Higgins

ContactSteve Higgins has been a journalist for more than 25 years and has extensive experience covering business, the economy and personal finance. He spent 12 years as a business reporter for daily newspapers in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, and Connecticut, followed by 12 years as an editor, most recently as business editor of the New Haven Register in Connecticut.
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Appeal Of Municipal Bonds Is High Despite Predictions Of Doom In Recent Years edit
Thursday, December 08, 2011 08:41

Tags: bonds | municipal bonds | Treasury bonds

Municipal bond yields are high compared with Treasuries and other taxable bonds.

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The trend is largely a result of investors piling into Treasury bonds in a flight to safety, which has pushed Treasury yields lower.


Still, municipal bonds have held up well and did not collapse as some analysts forecast. So for investors looking for bonds, municipal bonds look good relative to other bonds.


Between 2001 and 2007, the average muni-to-Treasury-yield ratio was 86%, according to InvestmentNews. Currently that ratio is above 100% and has spiked close to 200%.


The nearly $3 trillion muni bond market includes more than 1.5 million distinct bonds.

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