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Justin Kuepper is an experienced financial writer, web developer and active trader specializing in global macro situations. In addition to Mitre Media, he writes for About.com's International Investing section, Investopedia.com, Emerging Growth Corp., and other select publications on a freelance basis.

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Benefits of Being a Patient Muni Bond Investor

Municipal bonds have outperformed both Treasury and highly rated corporate bonds since the...

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Due Diligence for Muni Bonds

Due to the opaque nature of the municipal bond market, the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC)...

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Muni Bonds You Should Avoid at All Costs

The municipal bond market moved lower in October as issuers rushed to lock in low interest rates...

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Why Should You Invest in ‘Green’ Muni Bonds?

Green municipal bonds have become increasingly popular with volumes increasing from $693 million...

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Dirty vs. Clean Muni Bond Pricing

The equity markets may have relatively straightforward pricing, but coupon payments complicate...

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Top ETFs to Invest in Muni Bonds

Municipal bonds are a popular fixed income investment given their tax-advantaged status compared...

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What Are Appropriation-Backed Muni Bonds?

Investors may think that all bonds are debts that a borrower is legally obligated to repay, but...

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How Pension Obligations Could Jeopardize the Muni Market

Many state and local governments have been struggling with public pension obligations that could...

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Should You Invest in the Yankees With Municipal Bonds?

The New York Yankees may be well known for their monster $220 million annual payroll – second...

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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Muni Bond Fund

Municipal bonds have become extremely popular since the Great Recession. With their...

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Are Muni Bonds as Safe as They Seem?

Municipal bonds are often hailed as safe-haven investments that are backed by taxpayer dollars...

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Why Muni Investors Prefer Active Over Passive

Most investors have embraced passive index investing as a way to reduce costs and improve...

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How Muni Losses Could Translate to Negative Taxes

Many investors prefer municipal bonds and funds because any income generated is generally free...

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Infrastructure Bonds Could See Upside After Election Season

Municipal bonds have become extremely popular among investors – thanks to their tax-advantaged...

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How the DOL’s New Fiduciary Rules Affect Munis

The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) fiduciary rule could dramatically change the way that financial...

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Will Clinton or Trump Tax Muni Bonds?

The 2016 presidential race has narrowed down to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and...

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Why Muni CEFs May Offer the Best Bargains

The $3.7 trillion municipal bond market may be dominated by institutional investors, but that...

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Is the Muni Winning Streak Coming to an End?

Municipal bonds have outperformed the S&P 500 over the past 52 weeks, while providing a...

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What Makes a Muni Bond ‘Undervalued’?

Many investors are familiar with the concept of buying undervalued equities thanks to famous...

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Why Low Yielding Muni Bonds May Actually Be Attractive

Treasury yields (30 year) fell to just 2.22% on July 12 (and even lower a day before), reaching...

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How Slowing Tax Revenue Affects State Munis

Municipal bonds have become an attractive asset class over the past several years. With their...

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What Puerto Rico’s Default Means for Muni Investors

Puerto Rico failed to pay around $779 million worth of bond payments due on July 1, which marked...

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What Do Higher Interest Rates Mean for Muni Bonds?

Interest rates have a tremendous impact on bond prices and yields. In general, higher interest...

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How to Avoid Overpaying for Individual Muni Bonds

The municipal bond market is a popular safe haven during low interest rate periods, as their...

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Should Investors Even Look at Junk Muni Bonds?

The term “junk bond” doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence, but the high yields offered by...

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How Pension Liabilities Affect Munis

Public pension funds have stabilized since the Great Recession thanks to improving equity markets...

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Should You Buy Out-of-State Munis?

Many municipal bond’s interest payments are exempt from state income taxes, which means...

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How to Invest in U.S. City Bonds

The municipal bonds market has seen a number of cities default over the years, including Detroit’...

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Not All GO Bonds Are Created Equal

Puerto Rico’s debt crisis has caused a lot of uncertainty in parts of the municipal bond market....

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Where Are the Opportunities in Today’s Muni Bond Market?

The municipal bond market has been surprisingly robust over the past couple of years.

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Are Muni Bond Ladders Right for You?

Bond laddering is a common strategy designed to ensure a consistent stream of income and mitigate...

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How Muni Bond Holdings Can Affect Social Security Income

Municipal bonds may not be subject to federal income taxes, but that doesn’t mean the IRS...

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Will Muni Bonds Continue to Outperform in 2016?

Municipal bonds were among the top-performing investment classes last year, with the S&P...

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Mind the Difference Between Tax Efficiency & After-Tax Returns

Municipal bonds have become extremely popular over the years due to their unique tax advantages....

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Muni Fraud: How Cities & Banks Defraud Investors

The municipal bond market is often considered to be a safe-haven asset class for investors due to...

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Muni Fund Ownership on the Rise

Municipal bonds have become extremely popular over the past couple of years thanks to an...

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Muni Bond Tax Overhaul Unlikely, but States Brace for Change

The municipal bond market has been a long-time target of Washington policymakers. A broad tax...

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Zero Coupon Muni Bonds – What You Need to Know

Most investors purchasing municipal bonds plan on receiving semiannual interest payments until a...

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Can You Be Too Safe With Muni Bonds?

Most investors are aware that they can risk too much, but few realize that playing it too safe...

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What Are Green Muni Bonds?

Impact investing has grown in popularity over the past several years as investors look for more...

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Are Muni Bonds Vulnerable to Energy Markets?

The municipal bond market is widely considered to be a safe-haven investment class. Since they...

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Are Muni Bonds a Good Hedge for Volatile Equity Markets?

Many investors buy municipal bonds as a safe-haven investment. After all, they are backed by the...

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How Susceptible Are Muni Bonds to Retail Investor Sentiment?

The municipal bond market is unique in many ways. Since muni bonds offer tax advantages,...

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How to Measure Muni Bond Interest Rate Sensitivity?

Municipal bonds are widely considered to be less risky than corporate bonds because they are...

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High Yield: Should You Buy Illinois Muni Bonds?

Many investors think of Michigan, the home of Detroit, as having troubled finances, but actually...

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How to Analyze Muni Bond Risks

There are two primary ways to purchase municipal bonds: buying bonds funds or buying individual...

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How to Choose the Right Muni Bond Ladder Fund

Municipal bonds are popular investments due to their government backing and tax incentives. In...

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Muni Investing: Funds vs. Bonds

Municipal bonds have been a stellar asset class over the past year. In fact, the iShares S&P...

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Will Municipal Bonds Continue to Outperform in 2016?

Municipal bonds have been strong performers throughout 2015, leading all categories with total...

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3 Municipal Bonds Risks You May Not Have Considered

Municipal bonds (munis) are often regarded as a safe-haven for investors due to the high credit...

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Top 3 Municipal Bond Fund Strategies for 2016

Municipal bonds have been strong performers this year, despite troubles in Detroit and Puerto...

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Vanguard Launches Muni Bond Index Funds

Municipal bonds have been back in vogue since 2014 despite Puerto Rico’s ongoing debt crisis....

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What Is the White House’s Plan for Puerto Rico’s Debt?

The Puerto Rico debt crisis has dramatically worsened over the last few years. With 45% of the...

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Puerto Rico Taps Into Non-GO Bonds to Make $350M Bond Payment

Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla indicated that Puerto Rico would make good on its general...

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Slowing Muni Offerings Could Increase Prices

Municipal bond sales are expected to decline over the next month, while the amount of redemptions...

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Are Target Date Muni Bond Funds Right for You?

Municipal bonds provide investors with tax-advantaged income that may be superior to other fixed...

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What Happens to Muni Bonds if the Fed Hikes Rates?

There’s no question the bond prices are susceptible to an interest rate hike, but there is some...

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How to Avoid the AMT with Muni Bond Funds

Municipal bonds have long been a favorite investment class for tax-sensitive investors since the...

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3 Important Bond Insurance Considerations

Municipal bonds have a number of complex features that may make them difficult for individual...

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Are High-Yield Muni Funds Worth It?

Corporate junk bonds may be out of vogue these days, but their tax-exempt counterparts have...

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