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Market Comments & Insights

What Trump Means for Bonds - Health Care

February 27, 2017

What Trump Means for Bonds - Taxes

December 19, 2016

What Trump Means for Bonds - Infrastructure

December 12, 2016

Perspectives on the Bond Markets Under President Trump

November 18, 2016

Illinois Update: One Year Later, Budget Impasse Continues to Erode Credit Ratings

June 23, 2016

Energy Market Weakness Pressuring Fixed Income Credit Quality

May 13, 2016

2015 Review and Outlook for 2016

December 31, 2015

Bond Investors Shouldn’t be Spooked by the Fed

December 1, 2015

The Market Impacts of Puerto Rico’s Default

August 4, 2015

California’s Drought Heightens Scrutiny of Water Bonds

May 26, 2015

Why Should My Clients Pay a Fee for Managed Municipal Bonds?

May 19, 2015

Oil Price Drop Will Have Varying Impacts on Municipals; Local Governments Appear Most at Risk

January 16, 2015

Detroit’s Bankruptcy Offers Muni Investors Some Lessons for the Future

December 29, 2014

Market Volatility Can Provide Valuable Perspective on Long-Term Investment Strategy

October 24, 2014

Stockton Bankruptcy Ruling Could Have Big Implications for Public Pensions

October 17, 2014

New Bank Regulations Could Have Impacts on the Municipal Market

October 1, 2014

Liquidity, Derivatives Raise Red Flags in the Corporate Bond Market

September 24, 2014

Kansas Downgraded by S&P Over Budget Concerns

August 14, 2014

State Ratings Trends

June 23, 2014

Moody's Downgrades New Jersey to A1, Outlook Remains Negative

May 20, 2014

Moody's Downgrades Kansas to Aa2, Rating Outlook Stable

May 5, 2014

Credit Selection a Key for Conservative Fixed-Income Investment

April 24, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Update: New Plan Would Pay G.O. Bondholders 74%

April 16, 2014

Beaumont Independent School District, TX

April 4, 2014

Do S&P's Upgrades of Bond Insurers Signal Renewed Value for Investors?

April 2, 2014

Chicago's Massive Pension Problem Triggers Downgrade - But Chicago is Not Detroit

March 11, 2014

Muni Market Takes Puerto Rico Junk Downgrade in Stride...For Now

February 11, 2014

Moody's Reviews Hundreds of Issuers under New Rating Methodology

January 22, 2014

2013 Muni Market Review and 2014 Outlook

January 7, 2014

Credit Snapshots: Regulated Utilities and Missouri Counties

November 18, 2013

State Ratings Trends

October 30, 2013

Moody's Approach to Pension Analysis Highlights New Risks for Investors

October 17, 2013

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Credit Update: Despite Positive Steps, Credit Trend Remains Negative

October 8, 2013

State Education Funding Keeps Pressure on Many School Districts

September 23, 2013

S&P Criteria Change Expected to Raise Many G.O. Ratings

September 17, 2013

Fixed Income Market Comments

August 28, 2013

Detroit’s Bankruptcy and Possible Implications for Munis

August 1, 2013

Detroit Files Largest-Ever Municipal Bankruptcy

July 22, 2013

State Ratings Trends

July 15, 2013

Detroit Default Rattles the Muni Market; Highlights the Importance of Credit Selection

July 2, 2013

Fixed Income Perspectives: The Chase for Yield Exposes Investors to High Risk

June 4, 2013

Muni Armageddon? SEC’s Warning Raises Valid, But Manageable, Issues for Investors

May 7, 2013

Pensions Continue to Apply Credit Pressure: Moody’s Criteria and CalPERS Policy Threaten Ratings

April 29, 2013

Moody’s Criteria Change Jeopardizes School Bond Ratings in Arkansas and Pennsylvania

April 15, 2013

Stockton’s Bankruptcy Continues to Evolve

April 8, 2013

Missouri Direct Deposit Intercept Program

March 26, 2013

State Credit Enhancement Programs for Local School Bonds

March 11, 2013

The Sequester and Potential Municipal Market Impacts

March 4, 2013

Missouri Remains Strong Despite Moody’s Negative Outlook

February 15, 2013

California and Illinois: The Lowest-Rated States Heading in Very Different Directions

February 11, 2013

State Ratings Trends

January 28, 2013

Muni Insurer Assured Guaranty Downgraded by Moody’s

January 22, 2013

Columbus Highlights Risk in BABs

January 14, 2013

2013 Municipal Outlook

January 7, 2013

Municipal Taxation in the Spotlight as 2013 Looms

December 17, 2012

Texas Permanent School Fund Credit Update

December 10, 2012

HP Fundamentals Offer Solid Intermediate-Term Credit, Despite Moody's Downgrade

December 3, 2012

Voter Reject Michigan's Emergency Manager Law

November 26, 2012

California Credit Quality Expected to Benefit from Election Day Tax Hike; Long-Term Outlook More Clouded

November 14, 2012

Despite Its Historic Impact, Sandy Not Expected to Trigger Rating Downgrades

November 5, 2012

Threats to Municipal Tax Exemption Could Loom in Washington

October 29, 2012

Credit Metrics Suggest Bond Markets Could Be Near a Top

October 22, 2012

Federal Budget Cut Impacts on Munis Unclear

October 15, 2012

Federal Budget Cuts Could Impact BABs Market

October 8, 2012

State of Oklahoma Credit Update

September 24, 2012

State Credit Ratings Trends

September 14, 2012

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Credit Update

September 10, 2012

State of Illinois Credit Update

September 4, 2012

Municipal Issuance Up in 2012 as Refundings Drive Volume

August 27, 2012

Rating Agencies Highlight Risks in Health Care Bonds

August 20, 2012

SEC Proposes Major Regulatory Changes for Muni Market

August 6, 2012

Do California Cities’ Bankruptcies Signal a Growing Credit Crisis in the Muni Market?

July 27, 2012

Pennsylvania Downgrade Affects Local School Bond Ratings

July 20, 2012

Accounting Rule Changes Put Public Pension Shortfalls in the Spotlight

July 2, 2012

Potential Impacts of Bank Downgrades on Variable-Rate Demand Bonds

June 15, 2012

Municipal Bond Default Risk

May 1, 2012

The Risks in Passive Bond Mutual Funds and ETFs

April 16, 2012

Why Invest in Premium Bonds?

March 19, 2012

S&P Criteria Changes Could Trigger a Wave of Upgrades

March 9, 2012

State Credit Ratings Trends

March 6, 2012

President Obama’s Budget Proposes Capping Deductibility of Tax-Exempt Interest

February 21, 2012

A Closer Look at the Threat of “Superdowngrades”

February 10, 2012

Credit Perspectives on the State of Illinois

February 6, 2012

Wichita Loses Boeing; Long-term Credit Implications Uncertain

January 10, 2012

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