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Muni bonds collapsing! What it means …

by Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D. on March 16, 2013

in Commodities, Stocks, Technical Analysis

Martin D. Weiss, Ph.D.

Martin and Mike here with a quick update on the muni bond market …

The big picture in a nutshell?

Just as we warned, their prices are collapsing, driving interest rates sharply higher.

U.S. Treasury bonds, corporate bonds, and mortgage-backed bonds are following a similar pattern.

And as a result, most portfolios loaded with fixed instruments — held by individuals, banks, insurance companies, or others — are now suffering.


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The implications? Far reaching!

First and foremost, this decline reflects an accelerating exodus out of bonds of all stripes and colors.

And second, it also seems to be correlated with a comparable RISE in the Dow, as investors switch into stocks.

Can this pattern continue for a while? Of course!

But don’t expect it to last forever; higher rates are ultimately a competitive threat to investments that do not offer good yields.

Plus, let’s not ignore some of the reasons WHY bond prices are falling, including …

  • Falling confidence in governments and their ability to manage their finances.
  • Growing fears of inflation as the trillions of dollars printed by the Fed begin to find their way into the economy.
  • Plus, widespread impatience — and even disgust — among millions of fixed-income investors who feel they deserve a lot more than the miserable yields they’ve been getting on their money.

Bottom line for you: Get out of bonds — while you still can at relatively good prices.

Then seriously consider the many other good investment ideas and strategies we’ve covered here in Money and Markets this week …


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That we’d see a short-term rally in the dollar, mainly against the euro.

That Europe would kick the sovereign debt can down the road.

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