Municipal Bond Funds See Outflows
Municipal bond funds experienced another turn around and reported outflows, after recording inflows last week, according to Lipper data released on Thursday.
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The weekly average yield to maturity of The Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index, which is based on 40 long-term bond prices, was four basis points lower to 4.38% for the week ended Oct. 1 from 4.42% in the previous week more »
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Municipal bond funds reported inflows for the first time in four weeks, according to Lipper data released on Thursday. Weekly reporting funds experienced $231.252 million of inflows in the week ended Sept. 23, after outflows of $411.069 million in the previous week, Lipper reported. more »
In the week ended Sept. 24, the weekly average yield to maturity of the Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index was down five basis points to 4.42% from 4.47% in the previous week. The BB40 Index is based on the price of 40 long-term bonds. more »
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