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.
Updates to Morningstar's Bonds to Avoid list include a handful of companies with significant downside risk for bondholders as well as removal of a name with an improved risk/reward profile.
Looking to fully fund an IRA for the 2012 tax year? Get a shortlist of ideas from Morningstar strategists Heather Brilliant, Russ Kinnel, Sam Lee, and Josh Peters.
Flows to municipal bond mutual funds remained positive for a seventh straight week, but only modestly so, recording $292 million in inflows for the week of Feb. 20.
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