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Most states and local governments should benefit from higher tax receipts as more consumer discretionary income leads to a pick-up in spending. Negative effects will be localized around energy producing areas, especially if oil prices stay low for an extended period.

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Contrary to past experience and conventional wisdom, general obligation bonds are not sacrosanct and very low recovery rates are possible. Pensioners and other politically favored classes are likely to be treated more kindly than bondholders.

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 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.

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Short term munis may make sense in a rising rate environment. They provide attractive yields and investment flexibility vs.

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We look for securities that offer a balance of credit fundamentals and yield. We use a “roll-down” analysis to identify the sweet spot on the yield curve.

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Price is important but income should be a factor when considering an investment. Don’t get caught on the sideline, the opportunity cost could be detrimental.

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Strong YTD performance resulted from falling rates, a dearth of new supply and a resurgent demand by investors seeking attractive taxable-equivalent yields. We believe municipal bonds should continue to perform well in the second half of 2014.

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High yield muni bonds represent an attractive investment opportunity. Professional money managers can help with the intricacies of the high yield muni space.

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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.

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New and higher taxes will increase what many owe. Muni bonds can help mitigate your tax bill.

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