Buying individual bonds

By Cate Long
May 11, 2012

I’ve previously featured a guest post about the advantage to retail investors of buying municipal bond mutual funds. Retail investors can also directly buy individual municipal bonds. This is a tiny part of muniland, but I could see it growing in the future. Today, I welcome a guest post from Andrew Wels, the head of retail fixed income and vice-president for retail at E*Trade Securities. Wels writes about the advantage of buying individual bonds and “laddering” them.

Muniland: the big picture (part 2)

By Cate Long
February 2, 2012

Last week I wrote about the size of the municipal bond market and the kinds of investors who are involved in it. This week I thought it would be helpful to explain how municipal bonds are traded.