SPDR® Nuveen Barclays Municipal Bond ETF
QPIBs provide a level playing field for public-private partnerships
The proposed creation of the QPIBs has another purpose. The bonds would help provide a level playing field for public-private partnerships.
Why 2014 was a year of recovery for the municipal bond market
In 2014, the municipal bond market recovered from its stream of bad news. Risk-averse bond investors’ preference tilted towards municipal bonds.
Investors should consider investing in municipal bonds
Municipal bonds are an attractive investment choice for investors seeking a steady stream of tax-free income. They’re also a safer bet than corporate bonds.
Will the QPIBs find a place in Congress’ tax reforms?
News about the proposed QPIBs primarily generated a positive response. The Obama administration proposed new municipal bonds (MUB) (TFI).
Why did muni maturities decline in the primary market in Q1 2014?
Average maturity for new municipal bond issues came in lower at 15.2 years in Q1 2014 compared to 16.3 years in 2013 and an average of 17.7 years over the period 1996-2013.
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Callable municipal debt issuance in Q1 2014 declined ~27% in Q1 2014 to $53.9 billion on a year-over-year basis.
Why Texas topped the tables in state-wise municipal bond issuance
Texas led the long-term municipal bond issuance tables in Q1 2014, with about ~$8.8 billion worth of bonds issued.
How the Fed’s taper has influenced municipal bond issuance in 2014
Refunding volumes declined in the first quarter of 2014 to ~51% of total issuance. The ratio was ~63% in Q1 2013
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.
Municipal bonds in 2014: General obligation bonds down but not out
Total municipal bond issuance in the first quarter of 2014, was $62.6 billion, down ~26% from the $84.3 billion issued in the first quarter of 2013.
How to measure your portfolio’s interest rate risk with convexity
Portfolio durations differ from key rate durations, as even though the durations of two portfolios may match, both portfolios may differ in the maturity profiles of the bonds they comprise, which will result in differing key rate durations.