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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

Causes and consequences of Puerto Rico’s sudden decline

The loss of normal market access over the last two years is finally starting to impair Puerto Rico’s ability to finance structural budgetary gaps. It’s difficult to determine ultimate recovery given dated financials, the heavy influence of politics and uncertainty about how various legal pledges will be treated under the fiscal adjustment plan or in court proceedings.

Tagged with: Municipal Bonds, U.S. Economy

Making sense of negative interest rates

Buying bonds at negative rates is a guarantee of losing money in nominal terms.
Central banks must keep real rates low to help their economies reach a self-sustaining growth path. Investors should focus on asset classes that benefit from this growth rather than providing the free money to support it.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing

Europe’s virtuous cycle

The European equity market offers attractive valuations and these have cheapened meaningfully following August’s volatility. We believe European domestic stocks can continue to deliver positive earnings revisions even in a world where China is slowing.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Economy, Global Investing

Political and fiscal reality finally trump willingness in Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rican government’s willingness to pay debt service on time and in full was finally overcome by economic and fiscal realities. The shift from impairing only some public corporation [i.e., Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA)] debt to all Commonwealth debt was probably inevitable given the unwillingness to make draconian spending cuts, a lack of economic growth and dwindling liquidity across the entire Puerto Rican government complex, including the Government Development Bank (GDB).

Tagged with: Columbia Funds, Economy, Fixed Income, Muni Perspectives, Muni Perspectives Blog, Municipal Bonds

European equities – Yesterday’s bears become today’s bulls

We expect to see European earnings and economic growth expectations firming during the year. Even with the strong move in markets so far this year, European equity valuations are not unattractive in our view.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Global Investing, Global Perspectives

Three’s a party in India

Investors are concluding that the prospects for EM equities are as dim as ever. Yet evaluating EM as a monolithic whole is outdated and dangerous.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Economy, Global Perspectives

Congress returns with daunting to-do list

Preventing a government shutdown will be a key priority as Congress reconvenes. Opportunities to forge ahead on new policy will be limited as fiscal challenges continue to demand attention.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Global Economy, U.S. Economy

Three reasons the stock market is so volatile

The most important aspect of China’s slowdown is whether it leads to lower but better quality growth, or whether something more serious occurs. Lower energy and commodity prices should provide a boost for consumers, but evidence suggests that the gains are being banked rather than spent.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Economic/Markets Outlook, Emerging Markets, Global Economy, Global Investing, Interest Rates, Markets, Monetary Policy

Detroit and Stockton are game changers for municipalities in fiscal distress

Contrary to past experience and conventional wisdom, general obligation bonds are not sacrosanct and very low recovery rates are possible. Pensioners and other politically favored classes are likely to be treated more kindly than bondholders.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Muni Perspectives Blog
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