Muni-bond funds continue to experience high investor demand, and Morningstar's Miriam Sjoblom offers picks for core and noncore holdings.
Bond-fund investors need to focus on duration, credit quality, and relative yields to better understand how much risk they're taking on, says Morningstar's Eric Jacobson.
Concerns of global systemic shocks have lessened from previous levels, and corporate issuers are more likely to take on riskier bets, according to Dodge & Cox's Tom Dugan.
Taxable-bond funds led open-end asset flows in February, with investors showing interest in emerging-markets bonds and bank-loan funds.
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