When home is where you want your money to be

In this installment of “Feeling Taxed?," Peter Hayes looks at how “made-in-the-USA" municipal bonds might offer some insulation from international risk.

There are plenty of issues taxing investors today, and many of them reside beyond U.S. borders. One of the biggest worries since Day 1 of 2016: China. A slowdown in growth there has been blamed in part for the slide in oil given that China is the biggest consumer of the commodity. And so we ask:

Are you worried about how slowing growth in China and general geopolitical unrest beyond U.S. borders might impact your portfolio?

An investment in municipal bonds means investing at home. Munis are issued by U.S. states and their political subdivisions only. They have zero to minimal correlation with Chinese equities, other emerging markets or any non-U.S. stock market.


For more of the potential advantages of municipal bonds, check out more from our Feeling Taxed? series, including When volatility taxes your patience and your portfolio and Where to find decent income without indecent risk.


Peter Hayes, Managing Director, is head of BlackRock’s Municipal Bonds Group and a regular contributor to The Blog.

Investment involves risks, including possible loss of principal. The two main risks related to fixed income investing are interest rate risk and credit risk. Typically, when interest rates rise, there is a corresponding decline in the market value of bonds. Credit risk refers to the possibility that the issuer of the bond will not be able to make principal and interest payments. There may be less information available on the financial condition of issuers of municipal securities than for public corporations. The market for municipal bonds may be less liquid than for taxable bonds. A portion of the income may be taxable. Some investors may be subject to Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). Capital gains distributions, if any, are taxable.

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