3 Ways to Play the Muni Bond Rebound
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By Alexander Green, Investment U's Chief Investment Strategist
NEW YORK (InvestmentU) -- Let's assume you agree that the selloff in municipal bonds is overdone and they're due for a rebound. How do you play it?
You have three primary choices...1. Buy a low-cost municipal bond fund.
2. Invest in a closed-end bond fund.
3. Buy individual tax-free bonds. Let's take the last one first. If you buy individual bonds, you'll see their price fluctuate. But if you hang on -- and there's no default -- you're guaranteed of receiving $1,000 per bond at maturity. Thirty-year AAA and insured tax-free bonds are currently yielding 5.1%. If you're in the 35% tax bracket, you'd have to earn almost 8% taxable to receive that kind of after-tax return. Not bad.
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