SPDR® Nuveen Barclays Build Amer Bd ETF
When geopolitical risk takes precedence over interest rate risk
The total returns on municipal debt came in at 3.32% in the first quarter of 2014, as measured by the Barclays Municipal Bond Index.
Municipal bond issuance, negotiated sales and private placements
Municipal bond issuance through negotiated sales declined in Q1 2014 compared to Q1 2013, slumping by 25% to $46.1 billion.
Why are some municipal bond variants out of vogue right now?
Although the BABs program expired on December 31, 2010, the government plans on permanently reinstating it, as this has proven popular with issuers and institutional investors alike.