How Safe are South Carolina Municipal Bonds?

great facts about tax-free bonds!

Pawleys Investment Library

Back in December of 2010, analyst Meredith Whitney was interviewed on “60 Minutes” where she predicted “hundreds of billions of dollars” in municipal bond defaults.  Many investors responded emotionally and fled municipal bonds.  Since that flurry of activity, municipal bonds have been one of the best performing asset classes.  As of yesterday, the total returns for the Barclays Municipal Index is 6.71% for the past 3 years, 9.65% for the past year, and 6.26% year-to-date for 2012.  Today, Standard & Poor’s Rating Services upgraded the Charleston County School District general obligation bonds from “AA” to “AA+.”

Here is some more news from last year in case you missed it:

For News Release May 26, 2011 from New York: “Moody’s upgrades Charleston County Parks & Recreation District to AAA reflecting the district’s strong cash position and conservative budgeting”

July 21, 2011 Wall Street Journal: “Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services on Thursday upgraded its rating…

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