General Safety of Municipal Bonds

The spread of the coronavirus and its potential negative impact to the economy has resulted in a period of extreme volatility within the municipal bond market over the last six weeks. As such, there have been growing concerns about the credit quality of municipal issuers.

Arthur O’Keeffe, Director of Credit Research, Fixed Income Investments shares insights into the recent measures taken by the federal government and Federal Reserve to help support the municipal bond market. Art also discusses some unique characteristics of municipal bonds that we believe will prove useful in offsetting a temporary decline in revenue during this unprecedented time. While some municipalities will face some distinct challenges as a result of COVID-19, he believes it is important to focus on fundamentals and a time-tested research process to continue to uncover value for our clients.

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