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  1. Muni Indexes Stable Despite Treasury Yield Decline
    BY SourceMedia Bond Buyer 07:05 PM EDT

    The weekly average yield to maturity of the Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index, which is based on 40 long-term bond prices, was up 1 basis point to 4.65 for the week ending April 24. The 20- Bond GO Index of 20- year general obligation yields ticked up one basis point to 4.33%, the highest since April 3. The 11- Bond GO Index of higher-grade 20- year GO yields also climbed a...

  2. Treasury 7-Year Notes Go At 2.317% High Yield
    BY SourceMedia Bond Buyer 07:05 PM EDT

    The Treasury Department auctioned $29 billion of seven-year notes, with a 2.25% coupon, a 2.317% high yield, a price of 99.569351. Tenders totaled $75,369,440,700 and the Treasury accepted $29,000,021,700 including $21,140,700 non-competitive. The notes are dated April 30 and are due April 30, 2021.

  3. Treasury to Sell $15B 2-Year Floaters
    BY SourceMedia Bond Buyer 07:05 PM EDT

    The Treasury Department said it will auction $15 billion two-year notes floating rate notes on Tuesday, April 29. The notes are due April 30, 2016. The Federal Reserve holds $1.000 million of Treasury notes in the System Open Market Account, which may be refunded.

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With a new chair, the Fed looks prepared to continue its push to keep rates low.

Bonds are showing signs of strength after a challenging 2013, but expect volatility.

Shorter duration bonds may provide limited price volatility and varying levels of income.

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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

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