Finding value while minimizing volatility can often be a difficult balance in the municipal market, but one analyst said he is finding opportunity in the intermediate part of the yield curve — where the risk is modest and the rewards are the greatest, compared to the short and long ends of the curve.

Not only does Jim Colby, chief municipal strategist and portfolio manager at Van Eck Global, favor the value in the intermediate slope of the curve, but he also views the municipal market overall as a safe alternative at a time of shifting investor sentiment.

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