The muni bond advantage

With low interest rates, higher tax rates, and heightened market volatility, striking the right balance between generating income and preserving principal can be challenging.

Municipal bonds may be one solution, particularly for higher income earners.

Quantitative Easing Fed policy after QE
Since 2009, the Federal Reserve's quantitative easing policies have pumped massive amounts of liquidity into the financial system through bond purchases. With the asset-purchase program at an end, there are new questions about interest rates.
January 2015
Global investing calls for active management
The global investment landscape has changed significantly since the 2008 financial crisis. The risks and opportunities are more diverse than they have been in years. Understanding — and taking advantage of — these evolving markets requires deep experience and intensive fundamental research.
January 2015
See what active rate strategies can do
It’s important to consider the risk of rising interest rates, which may be embedded in Treasury bonds or the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index. This infographic explores how Putnam funds have used active rate strategies to improve returns during periods of rising interest rates. View the performance difference.
October 2014
Retirement matters
Financial planners suggest that finding the ideal retirement spot means weighing a number of pros and cons about each state — and not just the weather — including the size of the tax bite, which can vary greatly. How does your state rate on taxes?
February 2015