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Capital markets are expecting the Fed to raise rates two more times in 2017, and while it appears that the Fed is committed to a path of steady rate hikes, this would still only end the year with rates in the range of about 2.70%. With yields remaining low, the thirst for higher coupons can be sidelined by potential tax implications.
When looking for a tax free bond alternative, many investors turn to municipal bonds. According to FMSbonds, the national inventory of 10 year maturity issued municipal bonds offer the following yields to maturity: AAA rated bonds are offering 2.05%, AA rated bonds are offering 2.20% and A rated bonds are offering 2.55%.
Now look at the chart below which shows how much more an investor would have to earn with a taxable investment to equal the return of a tax free investment.
2017 Taxable Equivalent Yield Table for National
The chart to the above shows how much more you will have to earn with a taxable investment to equal the return of a tax-free investment. To use the chart, find your taxable income and read across to determine your tax rate and the taxable equivalent of various tax-free yields.
What are we thinking?
When choosing an investment based on tax consequences, it’s important to weigh the value of potential tax savings against your investment goals and ask if you are getting the best return for your money. Does it make sense for your portfolio to encompass tax free municipal bonds yielding 2.05%, or taxable fixed income, such as CIP, yielding 3.42%? Depending on your investment goals, higher yielding taxable investment grade corporate bonds may make more sense, even for those in higher tax brackets, in this current rate environment. CIP maintains a shorter duration, with a significant portion of the portfolio set to mature in the next few years, in order to take advantage of (hopefully) higher interest rates.
At Roosevelt, we believe active management of credit quality and duration along with diversifying your portfolio can lead to higher yields and income stability in rising rate environments.
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