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Minnesota ranks as the least tax-friendly state for retirees. State income tax rates range from 5.35 to 9.85 percent. Taxes often are imposed on pensions, retirement plan distributions, and some Social Security benefits. Connecticut, Kansas, and Vermont are next on this high tax list....

Stock market volatility has some investors thinking about putting some money into bonds, which historically have offered relatively stable prices. One key decision facing bond market investors is whether to choose regular, taxable bonds, or tax-exempt municipal (muni) bonds. (This discussion concerns investments in taxable...