What Bond Fund Flows Tell us About Municipal Bonds

municipal bond fund flows

I was researching bond mutual fund flows earlier this week, and I came across a nice time series from the Investment Company Institute.  It breaks out monthly municipal bond fund flows going back to 2007. What is mutual fund flow data? Flow data … [Read more...]

How the Size and Composition of the Bond Market Has Changed Since 1980

bond market size

Since 1980, the size of the US bond market has increase by 15 times, in terms of the outstanding debt by par value. In terms of the market value of the debt, the number is likely even higher. US Bond Market Size 1980 - $2.54 Trillion 1990 - … [Read more...]

Are municipalities gambling with taxpayer money or being smart?

interest rate swaps

A recent article by Bloomberg, “Rigged Libor Hit States-Localities With $6 Billion” made it sound like Municipalities made bad financial bets. Municipalities bought around $500 billion of interest rate swaps prior to the beginning of the financial … [Read more...]

The Effect of ETFs on Individual Bonds

The Financial Lexicon

The recent LearnBonds article, “Should You Avoid Buying Bonds in LQD? Or Maybe LQD?” brought to readers’ attention a fascinating article by Matt Levine of Dealbreaker, which discussed the idea that bonds underlying ETFs react more dramatically to … [Read more...]