Municipal bankruptcies highlight the need for solid bond research

Key Points

  • Despite recent headlines, municipal bankruptcies are rare and expected to remain so
  • We believe high-quality municipal bonds continue to offer value—particularly to high-income earners—because of their tax-exempt status
  • Our research-intensive investing approach has helped our managers to steer clear of troubled municipal debt issues in client portfolios
  • Local government challenges demonstrate the importance of active management and professional research when investing in this area of the market

Quarterly Commentary

Q1 2014

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