How Bond Insurance Delivers Value for Investors: In the Pandemic and Beyond

BY SourceMedia | MUNICIPAL | 09/29/22 01:54 PM EDT

The Covid-19 pandemic spurred new demand for insured municipal bonds, and the strong interest appears poised to continue as investors team with states and local governments to help execute the largest wave of U.S. infrastructure investment in a generation.

Read this white paper and learn more about why the pandemic boost is expected to hold in the years to come and why bond insurance will continue to be a tool for investors and issuers seeking to mitigate potential risks in certain credit areas.

In general the bond market is volatile, and fixed income securities carry interest rate risk. (As interest rates rise, bond prices usually fall, and vice versa. This effect is usually more pronounced for longer-term securities.) Fixed income securities also carry inflation risk and credit and default risks for both issuers and counterparties. Unlike individual bonds, most bond funds do not have a maturity date, so avoiding losses caused by price volatility by holding them until maturity is not possible.

Lower-quality debt securities generally offer higher yields, but also involve greater risk of default or price changes due to potential changes in the credit quality of the issuer. Any fixed income security sold or redeemed prior to maturity may be subject to loss.

Before investing, consider the funds' investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses. Contact Fidelity for a prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus containing this information. Read it carefully.