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Municipal bond sectors: resilient in times of uncertainty
Many investors are concerned about the potential for a prolonged economic downturn. If that were to happen, municipal credit should show resilience, due to unprecedented federal pandemic stimulus support, strong reserves and revenue collections, and the ability to adjust budgets. During past downturns, muni defaults have been limited and concentrated among more esoteric credits. Most municipal issuers provide essential services and generally have a long history of functioning through varying economic cycles. We expect this to continue.
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