One day many years ago, I found myself stuck in traffic and noticed a peculiar sign. It said something about the construction that was going on — the very thing that was hampering my commute.
It said all this construction was being funded by a bond. This was before I had ever started my career in finance, so bonds were an unfamiliar thing. But when I began my investment career, I soon realized that I could actually invest in these things. And the more I learned, the more I was ecstatic.
After all, If you can’t beat ’em, might as well make money off them…
You see, these types of bonds have a name — general obligation bonds — a type of municipal, or “muni” bond for short. These bonds are used for everything from helping fund road construction to building schools, bridges, water infrastructure and other public buildings. As I became more familiar with municipal bonds, I quickly became a fan. In fact, in my experience, muni-bonds are one of the safest ways for investors to earn income in today’s market — while also beating the tax man. (More on that in a moment.)
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First Bank provides various banking products and services to individuals, businesses, and governmental entities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The company accepts various deposits, including non-interest bearing demand deposits, interest bearing demand accounts, money market accounts, savings accounts, and certificates of deposit, as well as commercial checking accounts. Its loan products include commercial and industrial loans; commercial real estate loans, such as commercial real estate owner-occupied and investor, construction and development, and multi-family real estate loans; residential real estate loans comprising residential mortgages, first and second lien home equity loans, and revolving lines of credit; and consumer loans, which consists of auto, personal, traditional installment, and other loans. The company also provides investment, Internet and mobile banking, electronic bill payment, banking by phone, ATM and debit cards, wire transfer, and automatic and ACH transfer services. As of February 17, 2016, it operated 10 full-service branches in Cranbury, Denville, Ewing, Flemington, Hamilton, Lawrence, Randolph, Somerset, and Williamstown, New Jersey; and Trevose, Pennsylvania. First Bank was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Hamilton, New Jersey.