Quote Of The Week: When Are Muni Bonds The Best Choice?

“When adjusted for a tax rate of 26% or higher, municipal bonds outperformed taxable bonds 65% of the time.”

Fidelity Investments research, comparing annual tax-equivalent versus taxable municipal bond returns, for the twenty-year period 1992-2011.

The Takeaway: Municipal bonds usually pay less income than a comparable taxable bond.  But once taxes are taken into account, the tax-exempt municipal bond often leaves the investor with more after-tax income, making it a better investment. Fidelity’s research suggests that once your overall tax bracket reaches 26%, municipal bonds become very attractive investments.

About Mari Adam

Mari Adam, Certified Financial Planner™ and President of Adam Financial Associates Inc, has been helping individuals and families chart their financial futures for over twenty-five years. Have a question about your financial situation? Ask Mari!

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