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Will municipal bonds lose their tax exempt status? That’s the proposal found on page 211 of a 264 page report titled “ Budget Options, Volume 2 ,” that the Congressional Budget Office released on Aug. 6. The CBO proposes eliminating the tax-exempt status of state and local government bonds in favor of tax credits. The move would bring an estimated $19.8 billion into government coffers from 2010-2019, but investors in the top tax bracket would probably pay more than they currently save by buying munis. At least that appears gist of this phrase: “…switching to the credit would prevent bondholders from ...
of which the size of the outstanding U.S. bond market debt was $31.2 trillion according to BIS (or alternatively $34.3 trillion according to SIFMA ). 1 Nearly all of the $822 billion average daily trading volume in the U.S. bond market 2 takes place between broker-dealers and large institutions in a decentralized, over-the-counter (OTC) market. However, a small number of bonds, primarily corporate, are listed on exchanges . References to the "bond market" usually refer to the government bond market, because of its size, liquidity, lack of credit risk and, therefore, sensitivity to interest rates . Because of the ...
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Whether you're just investigating municipal bonds or are reviewing your current muni bond portfolio, consider the following guidelines: • Compare the returns from municipal bonds to other types of bonds. Since the interest income is exempt from federal, and sometimes state and local, income taxes, your marginal tax bracket is a significant factor in deciding whether municipal bonds are appropriate for you. (Any capital gains are subject to taxes. Interest income for some investors may be subject to the alternative minimum tax.) Make sure to determine how a muni bond's yield compares to the after-tax yield on a ... market research, surveys and trends
We Have Reached “Peak Credit” ….. And Are About To Enter “The End ...
Global debt deflation commenced on April 26, 2010 when the currency traders sold the worlds currencies, DBV, off against the Yen, FXY. This was just weeks after the Federal Reserve QE ended, and as the European Sovereign Debt Crisis was coming to a head. Debt deflation is the contraction and crisis that follows credit expansion.  One of the most famous quotations of Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises is from page 572 of Human Action: “There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion.  The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary ... market research, surveys and trends

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Municipal Bond Yields Reach Four-Month High Amid Wave of Supply ...
March 26 (Bloomberg) -- Yields on top-rated tax-exempt municipal debt climbed to their highest level in four months as investors flocked to taxable Build America Bonds amid the biggest weekly issuance of state and local debt since Dec. 11. The daily Municipal Market Advisors survey of AAA rated general obligations maturing in five years yesterday rose 8 basis points, or 0.08 percentage point, to a four-month high of 1.78 percent. Yields on maturities of 20 and 30 years rose to their highest levels since December, according to the MMA data. States, local governments and other municipal issuers sold about $13.3 billion in ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
The State of the Municipal Bond Market - CBS MoneyWatch.com
One question I’m getting lately is, “How will the dire financial straits facing some cities and states affect my bond portfolio?” My Buckingham Asset Management colleague Jared Kizer addressed that recently, so I wanted to share his thoughts with you. As the credit crisis has unfolded, the credit profiles of corporations and governments around the world have deteriorated, and states and municipalities haven’t been spared. State and local income tax, sales tax and property tax revenues are down, and liabilities (in the form of pension obligations and other post-employment benefits) are up. Nationally, one ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
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The most toxic word in politics today is "bailout," and Sen. Chuck Grassley had no qualms about deploying it to describe the Build America Bonds program. According to the senator, it's just one more way to funnel taxpayer money to the banks and to profligate local government. A Washington Post article followed, focusing on fees major banks earned through the program. That's the only article the Post has run on Build America Bonds since its inception over a year ago. This is telling, given that, despite recent criticisms, it is one of the most successful programs of the American Recovery and Reinvestment ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Finance: Investing Guide » Bonds & Fixed-Income Securities
Debt securities, representing money lent to the issuing organization for a designated time period. They are, in effect, IOUs. Usually, the issuing organization agrees not only to repay the principal at some future date but also to make regular, fixed interest payments for the use of the money. Some fixed income securities are long-term loans, others are short term. Bonds fall into the first category. Bonds : Long-term, fixed-income debt securities issued by corporations and governments to raise money. Bonds usually mature 10 years after they are issued, and some are issued for as long as 30 years. When a bond reaches maturity, ...
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What is a state municipal bond fund? How does it work? And who is ...
I am married with a little baby and looking for other ways to save besides what my husbands job offers.. I heard about this somewhere in life and now am wondering what exactly it is and how it works. 2 months ago (Tiebreaker) Well, we have a mutual fund. But it is actually called a State Municipal Bond fund.. and apparently it is a way of investing like a regular bond you purchase at the bank but there are certain stipulations on it.. I am really confused what it is and unfortunately when I look it up I have to have Adobe to read it.. their is an actual website about it but I don't have the proper reader on my computer ...
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All corporate bond trades have to be reported now within 15 minutes of the trade, so one is able to see up to the minute trading by almost any cusip out there. The thinking is that increased transparency will result in increasingly efficient markets. This site also gives you municipal bond trades. For an additional municipal bond site, go to www.Emma.msrb.org. Not only are all trades reported there, but most OSs are available in pdf format, so you can read about the underlying credit. Regarding supply- supply of bonds is heavily dependent upon issuance size...but there are some large issues that never trade and there are some ...