The dual objectives of most municipal investors are safety of principal with a commensurate level of tax-free income. Yet, achieving these has never been more challenging than in the current environment. The economic shutdown in response to Covid-19 negatively impacted tax revenues and the Fed’s zero-rate policy has made obtaining even a modest level of income more difficult. With interest rates low and credit uncertainty high, what is an investor to do?
In the latest whitepaper, Baird Funds Senior Portfolio Managers Duane McAllister, CFA, and Lyle Fitterer, CFA, provide insight into how staying with municipals can provide resiliency through uncertainty.
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Fixed income is generally considered to be a more conservative investment than stocks, but bonds and other fixed income investments still carry a variety of risk such as interest rate risk, regulatory risk, reinvestment risk, credit risk, inflation risk, call risk, default risk, political risk, tax policy risk and liquidity risk. In a rising interest rate environment, the value of fixed income securities generally decline and conversely, in a falling interest rate environment, the value of fixed income securities generally increase. Municipal securities investments are not appropriate for all investors, especially those taxed at lower rates.