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A Taxable Equivalent

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In the quest for higher yields tax implications are an important consideration. With that in mind, investors often turn to municipal bonds as a tax free, bond alternative with higher yields. But are tax free muni’s the best route to take when looking for higher conservative yield?  With new 2018 tax laws, we thought it would be helpful to update one of our popular CIP Quips, “A Taxable Equivalent”.  

According to FMSbonds, the national inventory of 10 year maturity issued municipal bonds offer the following yields to maturity:  AAA rated offering 2.45%, AA rated bonds offering 2.65% and A rated bonds offering 3.00%.*

The chart below shows the taxable equivalent to tax free yielding municipal bonds. For example, an investor in the 22% tax bracket would need to find a taxable yield of about 3.21% to equal a 2.50% tax free yield.

2018 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.
Source: Nuveen

What are we thinking?

It’s important to weigh the value of potential tax savings against your investment goals. Depending on your goals, it could make sense to incorporate higher yielding taxable corporate bonds rather than tax free lower yielding municipal bonds, even for those in higher tax brackets.

Currently yielding about 4.74% our Current Income Portfolio Strategy (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 the potential for higher interest rates.  At Roosevelt, we believe active management of credit quality and duration along with portfolio diversification can lead to higher yields and income stability helping to mitigate bond price declines in this rising rate environment.



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