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2013.01.21 - MLPs by Industry Type
Master limited partnership (MLP) basics

This article is designed to provide a basic overview of master limited partnerships (MLPs). More detailed explanations will follow in further articles. A master limited partnership or “MLP” is a…

2013.01.21 - Dividend Yield MLP Stocks
Why the current capital markets environment is positive for MLP growth

Currently, the capital markets are positioned to help fund MLPs’ growth, and this is constructive for the majority of MLP names such as Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Enterprise Product Partners (EPD), Plains All American Pipeline (PAA), and MarkWest Energy (MWE).

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Ample Funds on the Sidelines to Support a Good 2013 for Markets

Not dissimilar from a healthy checking account that allows more purchases to be made on a credit card (for those consumers that actually pay off their credit card balances), the…

ois spread
Debt market rallies as LIBOR-OIS falls to pre-US downgrade levels

The OID spread, considered a gauge of banking sector health, has fallen to pre-US downgrade levels

Iraq Crude Oil Production
Managing risk investing in Iraqi Big Oil plays

Iraq’s potential for oil production must be approached with caution.

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Leveraged loan market demand starts 2013 on a high note

Fund lows increased significantly last week, returning to the high levels observed in November and December

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High yield market off to a strong start in 2013

The high yield market refers to the universe of corporate bonds rated below investment grade.  Bonds with ratings BBB- and above are known as high grade or investment grade, and bonds with…

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All Important BlackBerry 10 Launch for RIMM Upcoming

The launch of Blackberry 10 may not be enough to overcome the declining unit sales and loss of market share.

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Timid start for the loan market, though fund flows remain solid

Fund flows maintained a solid pace even after the holidays, setting up the high yield market for a strong Q1.

S&P-LSTA Index
Loan returns won’t repeat, but loan ETFs can help diversify

The S&P/LSTA Leveraged Loan Index is one of the main benchmarks for the leveraged loan market.  It tracks the performance of the loans over $50m with margins equal to or higher than…

Brazil Services PMI
HSBC Services PMI for Brazil adds hope to 2013 outlook

The HSBC Purchasing Manager’s Indices (PMIs) are monthly surveys of economic performance for emerging markets.  The indices mostly cover the manufacturing sector, though for the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, Indian and…

Mexico Consumer Confidence
Mexico’s consumer confidence spikes in December

Mexico’s consumer confidence had a strong up tick in December, closing the year in a strong position

LSTA BAML SP500 Indices
Loans and bonds finish 2012 with equity-like returns

The leveraged loan market is composed of all the Term Loan B loans rated BB+ or lower. Similarly, the high yield market is composed of all corporate bonds rated BB+ or lower. Unlike most high yield bonds,…

Brazil Dec 2012 Manufacturing PMI
Brazil’s PMI shows expansion, though inflation poses threat

Purchasing Manager’s Indices (PMIs) are widely used leading indicators to gauge the performance of a sector in an economy. The indices are based on surveys of business managers and are usually composed…

HY Market
Record issuance and returns for high yield market in 2012

The high yield market had a 16% return in 2012, but changed market dynamics will prevent this from reoccurring in 2013

Why 2013 high yield returns won’t be as fruitful as in 2012

The high yield market had outstanding returns in 2012 that are unlikely to repeat in 2013 given different market dynamics.

Peru FX
Peru’s currency strengthened vs. major Latam currencies

The Peruvian Nuevo Sol has significantly strengthened against the Brazilian Real and the Mexican Peso.

Brazil IPP
Brazil posed for healthy growth as producer prices stabilize

A slowed inflation rate of producer prices and lower interest rates poise Brazil for economic growth in the short term

Alerian MLP vs. BBB High Yield Spreads
Why MLPs provide excellent risk-reward for investors

Over the last 13 years, there has never been an occasion where master limited partnership (MLP) spreads have been this wide to BBB high yield corporate indices. Traditionally, investors have…

Why an increase in domestic oil production puts a cap on oil tanker stocks

The United States is the largest importer of oil in the world, accounting for about 15% of global transactions in 2009 according to the CIA factbook.


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