How do you determine current municipal bond rates?


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Current municipal bond rates are on financial information websites such as FMS Bonds, Inc., Bloomberg Business and McGraw Hill Financial. Current and previous week's yield rates for AAA-, AA- and A-rated municipal bones are on FMS Bonds' site. Rates vary by maturity range and issuer.

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Yield rates for several types of U.S. municipal bonds are on Bloomberg's website. A table lists the time and amount of current rates. Yield rate changes for the previous day, month and year are also available. Clicking on a specific type of bond links to a page with additional information, such as the day's range, the year's range and the year-to-date return.

S&P municipal bond information is on McGraw Hill Financial's site. The company shows details about yield index based on the previous business day. A table tracks bond performance by month, quarter, year or multiple years. Other information includes bond investment grade index and the methods for determining the index.

Intermediate-term municipal bonds are good investments in 2015, according to Kiplinger. They offer returns similar to longer-term bonds, but the interest rate risk is small. Comparatively, 2014 yields were very high. It is unlikely for 2015 returns to be as impressive. Even so, municipal bonds offer portfolio diversity and higher return rates than similar Treasury bonds.

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