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  • Energy & Utilities

    A guide to Yellen’s Delphic speech and the Odyssean FOMC guidance

    In this article, we’ll discuss how the Fed’s Odyssean and Delphic guidance in March has impacted financial markets.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Financials

    Why should the FOMC provide systematic forward guidance?

    In this part, we will discuss aspects of Plosser’s speech relating to a rules-based or systematic approach to forward guidance.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Fiscal policy changes US investors much watch out for

    According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the US has to spend ~$3.6 trillion by 2020 to make needed infrastructure improvements. This should mean more municipal bonds (MUB) will be issued to help finance these projects.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Financials

    Why did muni maturities decline in the primary market in Q1 2014?

    Average maturity for new municipal bond issues came in lower at 15.2 years in Q1 2014 compared to 16.3 years in 2013 and an average of 17.7 years over the period 1996-2013.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Financials

    Must-know: An update on Puerto Rico’s economic and fiscal issues

    Puerto Rico has been in the spotlight recently due to the downgrade of its debt to junk status in February, 2014, by all three major credit ratings agencies (Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s, and Fitch).

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Overview: New York Fed’s advice to revive Puerto Rico’s economy

    In 2011, led by Dr. William Dudley, the New York Fed had commissioned a report on the major economic issues facing the island of Puerto Rico.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Consumer

    How do interest rate expectations impact financial markets?

    The inflation and interest rate expectations of consumers and firms are important variables determining bond prices.

    By Phalguni Soni
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    Financials

    Municipal bond issuance, negotiated sales and private placements

    Municipal bond issuance through negotiated sales declined in Q1 2014 compared to Q1 2013, slumping by 25% to $46.1 billion.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Industrials

    Why investors should consider municipal bonds despite Puerto Rico

    The municipal bond (RVNU) market’s debt outstanding on December 31, 2013, stood at ~$3.7 trillion, making up about 9.2% of the total outstanding debt in the U.S.

    By Phalguni Soni
  • Financials

    Bond investing: Key risks and strategies to boost your portfolio

    As with all investments, fixed income investments are subject to risks too. Bond prices increase when interest rates decline and decline when interest rates increase.

    By Phalguni Soni
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