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Does it still pay to hold municipal bonds?

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.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Markets, Muni Perspectives Blog, New Tax Regime

Sweeping money market fund reforms adopted by SEC

In a split vote, the SEC adopted sweeping reforms to Rule 2a-7 which governs the operation of money market funds. Many funds that were previously considered retail due to their lower investment minimums will now be called institutional and fall under the new regulations.

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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

Why pay a premium for municipal bonds?

What are premium, par and discount bonds? Why paying a premium often makes sense.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

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

2015 Annual Perspectives

Given the volume of investment data, media and punditry we face each day, it’s a constant challenge deciding where to focus. But reflecting on 2014 and what may lie ahead in 2015 can help one rise above the day-to-day noise and see the broader picture.

Detroit and Stockton are game changers for municipalities in fiscal distress

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.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Muni Perspectives Blog
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