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What to expect from U.S. midterm elections

While consensus suggests a slightly better than average chance of a GOP takeover, battle for control of the U.S. Senate is going to be a dramatically close call. When we examine how a GOP win might affect industries such as energy, healthcare and defense, it’s not as black-and-white as some people might think.

Tagged with: Economy, Equities, Investing, Markets

How will California’s drought affect water utility revenue bonds?

 California is in its fourth year of drought, one of the worst in the past century.  Key factors when assessing credit quality of water utilities are water supply and source diversity.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Muni Perspectives Blog

Municipal pension obligations: Why fear about underfunding may be unjustified, and why Chapter 9 will never become pervasive (save a few outliers)

Concerns about plan solvency are widespread and attention-grabbing, though perhaps unjustified. Collectively, pension funded ratios have declined at the state and local level, though the cost of funding actuarially required contributions remains manageable as a percent of governmental spending.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, New Tax Regime

The case for active bond management

There have been instances where the passive approach to bond investing produced significant underperformance relative to a benchmark. Index funds are at a significant disadvantage to active portfolios in which managers incorporate valuation into their decision making process.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

Europe – The darkest hour is just before the dawn

The European Central Bank is embarking on quantitative easing at a time when tailwinds are already beginning to build behind the euro area economy. A more constructive economic outlook could have important implications for European markets.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Economy, Global Perspectives, Markets

The case for active muni management

Muni bonds represent an attractive investment opportunity
Active management is a value add in these volatile markets
Professional money managers can help investors navigate an ever-changing environment

Where does one invest in a world of uncertainty? Rising taxes, volatile markets, low yields, economic stagnation, geopolitical unrest.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Muni Perspectives Blog

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