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Apparel retail doldrums

Since 2011, consumer spending has been below average overall, and spending on retail apparel has been especially poor. A host of factors, from shifting consumer priorities to poor inventory control have forced apparel retailers to compete on price, and sales and profitability have suffered dramatically.

Tagged with: U.S. Economy

Half-time report on the U.S. consumer

U.S. consumers have taken a more cautious attitude toward debt and been more selective about using it for discretionary purchases. With consumers using credit cards less and using debit cards much more, the supports for higher discretionary spending are keyed off income and wages and also employment.

Tagged with: Economy, U.S. Economy

Data breaches — What they mean for retailers, consumers and investors

More than 1,000 retailers have been affected by the same malware that caused Target and Home Depot data breaches. The number of data breaches will continue to increase and cost retailers millions in IT spending and damage control.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing

Trending – Socially responsible fixed-income investing

Until recently, ethical investing has focused on avoiding exposure to perceived negative activities. Municipal bonds can offer a cost-effective way to fund programs and infrastructure to serve the public good.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing

Oil price decline mostly positive for municipals…at least for now

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.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Muni Perspectives Blog

Release the doves

The Fed (and all central banks) is highly sensitive to shifts in inflation expectations by either consumers or the markets. The one-year TIP breakeven appears to be pricing in some deflationary pulse and is also pulling down longer term inflation expectations across the curve.

Tagged with: Economy, Global Economy, Investing

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

Ukraine Crisis — Can the U.S. make Europe less dependent on Russian gas?

As Europe looks to diversify away from its dependence on Russian gas, the U.S. is on track to start exporting liquefied natural gas by as early as next year. Russia remains the largest exporter of natural gas in the world and accounts for approximately 30% of Europe’s gas demand, half of which is transported through Ukraine.

Tagged with: Economy, Global Economy

Harnessing Fixed-Income Returns Through The Cycle

There are four unique, major fixed-income risks – duration, credit, inflation and currency – and different fixed-income investments respond to them differently. Applying a full understanding of the four risks to a fixed-income portfolio may yield a better risk-return outcome.

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