Taxable-bond funds led open-end asset flows in February, with investors showing interest in emerging-markets bonds and bank-loan funds.
Fixed-income investments are still necessary, but with tight credit spreads right now, obtaining extra yield carries heavy risks, says Zebra Capital chairman Roger Ibbotson.
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.
Muni-bond funds continue to experience high investor demand, and Morningstar's Miriam Sjoblom offers picks for core and noncore holdings.
The SEC on Monday charged the state of Illinois with securities fraud for misleading municipal bond investors about the state’s approach to funding its pension obligations.
Investors were down on the municipal bond market for a third straight week as $261 million poured out of weekly reporting muni bond mutual funds for the week of March 20.
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