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State of Illinois budget gap — staggering, yet fixable

Illinois’ structural budget deficit is fixable, but will likely require tax increases in addition to spending cuts. The Illinois Supreme Court’s rejection of 2013 pension reform will make resolving the State’s pension burden more challenging, but not impossible.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Muni Perspectives, Municipal Bonds

Barn clearing budget deal gives Speaker Ryan a fresh slate

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 should provide some degree of certainty as government shutdowns will be avoided through 2016 and into early 2017. Financial advisors should update information related to Social Security claiming strategies.

Tagged with: Global Perspectives, Monetary Policy, Tax Strategies

D-Day for healthcare — Three potential outcomes of U.S. Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court is about to rule on whether to uphold tax subsidies for individuals buying health insurance on the 34 federally administered state public health exchanges. Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services will have to scramble to respond to invalidation and respond quickly to enrollees, providers and payers.

Tagged with: Economic Policy

Chicago’s future is brighter than headlines suggest

Chicago has formidable pension challenges, but we believe Moody’s and the municipal market have overreacted. Chicago’s large, diverse and vibrant tax base, with a growing population in recent years, provides the necessary tools to manage its pension challenges over the long term.

Tagged with: Muni Perspectives, Muni Perspectives Blog

PBGC’s 40th anniversary report – Some good news and some bad news

The overall financial position of the 40-year old Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation is adequate for the next several years. However, the multiemployer deficit is a real concern.

Tagged with: Global Perspectives

Update on U.S. healthcare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded insurance coverage, but will face more legal, logistical, and likely, economic, challenges. 
From the investor’s standpoint, the market responded to the law; ACA’s prelude and implementation has been a boon. While the market will fluctuate, there remain attractive investments across the range of healthcare products and services.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Perspectives, Investing

Muni market – Favorable environment remains in place

After 13 consecutive months of positive returns, it is not surprising that the muni market has taken a step backward. We believe that the muni market remains on sound footing due to supportive market fundamentals and technicals, as well as our entrenched high tax environment.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing, Muni Perspectives, Muni Perspectives Blog, Municipal Bonds

Pension plan mortality improvements may not be so costly after all

New mortality data released by the Society of Actuaries could reduce liabilities for pension plan sponsors. The SOA plans to update the mortality table and improvement scales more frequently, which should smooth the annual effect on plan liabilities of future mortality experience.

Tagged with: Global Perspectives, Industry/Sector Commentary

Investment themes for a “Groundhog Day” world

Pursue a realistic income goal with more than bonds. Common stocks and a variety of other corporate securities may yield as much as bonds with greater return potential over time.

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