Like the schools and bridges and levees they make possible, municipal bonds are built of strong stuff. They're facing more tough tests, but I expect this indomitable financial sector to prevail once again. Not everyone agrees, but my contrarian message is to keep calm and trust your tax-exempts. Recall that a 10% drop in muni-bond prices after Donald Trump's election did not persist.
I'm about to do what some of my longtime readers might ridicule as an about-face and a few will denounce as a betrayal of my core convictions. For the first time in this decade, I am forecasting negative total returns for bonds, on average, over the next several months and probably for all of 2018. Before you faint, I am not abandoning my view that interest rates will stay "lower for longer," nor am I suggesting that your portfolio will suffer severe damage.
Financial markets have had their pick of key ingredients for a full-on panic (or at least a U-turn to bearish sentiment), starting with the terrifying scenes of storm damage, saber-rattling by North Korea and the devastation caused by wildfires in the West.Yet, the preponderance of traders and investors haven’t taken the bait. Stock indexes stood firm. Bonds rallied. World markets were mainly in the green.I’m telling you all this because my role is to be a voice of reason.
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Selecting a term
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