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Old 05-11-2008, 09:30 PM   #1
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Bonds: Calif vs. the rest of the U.S.

I own some VCAIX (Vanguard Calif. Muni Bonds). I'm thinking of adding to my bond allocation. I still want the tax free variety bond fund. I'm thinking of adding more to VCAIX or to start up with VWITX (Vanguard Muni Tax Free Bonds). I think I come out ahead with the Calif bond fund, but I have concerns about having my entire tax-free bond allocation tied to one state (that be where I live, California). It seems like there's more risk with VCAIX, but I have no idea how much more risk. Any ideas on a reasonable way to go on this one?
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Old 05-12-2008, 05:40 AM   #2
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Hi Redduck.

A good portfolio manager like Vanguard is aware of this risk and will ensure adequate diversification. If your Cal marginal tax rate is above 5% your net after tax yield will be worse with a national fund vs a Cal fund.

Of course, if you want to diversify the duration in your funds and only have Vanguard, Vanguard short term VWSTX or limited term VMLTX would be reasonable options.

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Old 05-12-2008, 06:32 AM   #3
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I'm becoming more and more wary of munis in general, given the concerns I have over mounting pension and retiree health care liabilities many cities and states are either facing or likely to be facing soon.
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