Issued by state and local governments, municipal bonds yield an average of just 2.5%. But you wont owe a penny in federal tax on most types of muni-bond income, and you can get a break on state taxes, too, if you invest in munis issued in the state where you reside. For instance, if you live in a state with a stiff income tax, such as California, and are in the top combined federal and state bracket of 50.9%, a tax-free yield of 2.5% would be equivalent to a 5.1% yield from a taxable bondclose to the yield of many low-quality corporate bonds.
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Earnings for All
Investment-Grade Bonds: 2%-4% Real-Estate Investment Trusts: 4%-6% High-Yield Bonds and Bank Loans: 3%-5% Foreign Bonds: 3%-6% Master Limited Partnerships: 6%-8% Closed-End Funds: 7%-9% Mortgage REITs: 8%-11%
Granted, the muni market has experienced some turmoil lately because of concerns that Congress will cut federal income tax rates, eroding the value of the tax-exempt status of muni interest. But changes in tax rates have historically had minimal impact on muni prices, says Christopher Ryon, a bond fund manager with Thornburg Investment Management. Its a red herring, he says. Tax changes are going to take a long time to work through the legislative process, and I dont think theyll be a major driver of the muni market.
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