Muni Mania

Municipal bonds

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Municipal bonds have been a favourite of 'mom and pop' investors in the US for years. The tax-exempt status of these instruments - domestic investors do not have to pay US federal taxes on any interest income - has been a big draw for mutual funds, insurance firms and retail investors. But muni bonds have also roused the interest of investors outside the US. In particular, there has been strong demand from European and Asian investors for structured products based on municipal bonds over the