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Strong Buying Drives Munis Further Into Record Territory

NOV 15, 2012 6:05pm ET

Back-to-back holiday weeks combined with robust demand have kindled a strong rally in the municipal market and driven some muni bond indexes to levels they haven’t seen in more than 45 years.

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A recent phenomenon is the emergence of bonds with shorter call protection as funding alternatives for municipalities. However, the shorter call protection also dampens the potential upside for investors, which in turn reduces the price they are willing to pay.

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