5 Ways We Evaluate Muni Bonds

Posted by The Dopkins Wealth Team

Nov 19, 2015 3:51:06 PM

While there have been few defaults in the municipal market, it’s important to note that not all muni bonds are created equal. The market offers many different types of bonds backed by varying legal pledges and revenue sources to repay the debt. The following are some of the qualifications it takes for a muni offering to meet our strict parameters to be considered for purchase.

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Topics: fixed income, bonds, muni bonds, municpal bonds

The new issue vs. secondary municipal bond market

Posted by The Dopkins Wealth Team

Apr 27, 2015 2:30:11 PM

A: Essentially, there is little difference between the two markets. Their structure is identical in terms of credit quality, revenue source, price and yield. The new issue realm is the initial offering of a security, similar to an initial public offering in the equity market. However, the volatility that is sometimes associated with an equity IPO does not exist in the high-grade new issue municipal market. The new issue market is simply the means by which a municipality raises cash by issuing debt. The only material discrepancy between the two markets is that newly issued municipal bonds typically have an extended settlement date of 1-2 weeks, as opposed to T+3 (investing shorthand for trade date plus three days).

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Topics: bonds, muni bonds, municpal bonds, new issue muni bond, secondary muni bond

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