Understanding Municipal Bonds

by Charlotte Wood
(last updated February 21, 2009)

If you're interested in investing at all, in order to be successful you should probably understand some of the basic tenets and characteristics of other major types of investment. While it may initially seem like a daunting task, taking apart different types of investments one by one isn't too bad and once you see it in more simple terms you'll soon have a much better grasp on the world of investing.

Investments in municipal bonds typically go toward funding local and state improvement. These improvements include things such as water systems, schools, highways, and public buildings. One of the nice things about investing in municipal bonds is the fact that you have the satisfaction of knowing you're directly contributing to your community and its continued improvement.

Another great thing about municipal bonds is the fact that they're tax free. The interest accrued from municipal bonds is tax exempt partially because the funds go directly to the community and the people. The promise of not having to pay taxes on your investment gain is certainly motivating!

One of the other perks of municipal bonds is the fact that they have an excellent track record of paying back on time. With municipal bonds it's almost guaranteed that you'll be paid your interest and investment on time and in the installments as agreed in the initial contract.

The municipal bond market is a little different from the other investment markets. Municipal bonds are sold as an over-the-counter investment as opposed to a formal market setting. When you buy a municipal bond, you'll need to consider the interest rate, the credibility or reliability of the issuer, transaction costs, and the other provisions or stipulations included in the investment. You may want to consult an investment advisor before making any large investments just to make sure you're on the right track in dealing with your money.

Municipal bonds are a great investment and one that's stable for those more concerned about financial security than calculated investment risk. Now that you understand a little bit more about how municipal bonds work and their defining characteristics you can dive into the investment realm with a little bit more knowledge on your shoulders!

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