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Thursday, Jun 274:51 PMGundlach: Tell us how you really feel, Jeff. "TIPS (TIP) are probably the worst asset class in the U.S. ... I have talked myself blue in the face (previous) trying to get investors not to buy (them)." Given their recent big declines, he doesn't hate them as much as a few weeks ago, but he's still not a buyer. On municipals (MUB), he's a buyer, particularly in closed-end funds who've been doubly whacked thanks to growing discounts to NAV. A sampling of muni CEFs: NIO, NVG, BTT, NPM, NRK, MUC, VCV, NEA. |Thursday, Jun 274:51 PM| 3 Comments
Wednesday, Jun 263:34 PMWith today's gain, the iShares AMT-Free Muni Bond ETF (MUB +2.1%) has its biggest two-day rally since the financial crisis. but is still off more than 5% YTD. "We are taking advantage of this very opportunistic time," says Cumberland's David Kotok, reiterating a bullish stance he's had for a couple of weeks. "We see no more attractive alternatives." |Wednesday, Jun 263:34 PM| 3 Comments
Thursday, Jun 139:20 AMMunicipals (MUB) are a buy, writes David Kotok, noting an above-4% yield for very high-grade tax-free muni paper - a taxable equivalent yield above 7%. He suggests fixed-income markets (AGG, BND) have overreacted to the poor communication policies of central banks. "We are now lengthening duration ... If the market wants to give us bargains, our job is to take them." Some closed end muni funds at discounts to NAV: NIO, NVG, BTT, NPM, NRK, MUC, VCV, NEA. |Thursday, Jun 139:20 AM| Comment!
Monday, Jun 34:20 PMAnother Pimco income fund trading at a premium to NAV gets hit - today the Pimco California Municipal Income Fund II (PCK -4.9%). Today's decline still leaves it at a 12% premium to the end of May's NAV at a time when the average muni CEF is trading at discount. Three noteworthy ones: NUV, NPM, MQY. |Monday, Jun 34:20 PM| Comment!
Thursday, Mar 281:21 PMA "perfect storm" of seasonal weakness combined with investors shifting money into stocks has opened up opportunity in the municipal closed-end sector, says Jeff Margolin. Muni CEFs fell 4.5% earlier this month even as NAVs declined just 0.5%, leaving the average CEF trading at a 1.1% discount to NAV vs. what has been a 3.2% premium. |Thursday, Mar 281:21 PM| Comment!
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Dr. Kris:: Muni's have been smokin' for a while. No personal faves. Not sure if a fund in your state is free of state tax...
46goat:: Thanks. No state income tax in Nevada. I was referring to fed taxes.