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Interest rates in a highly indebted economy

In a highly indebted economy, there is no fixed cap on the level of interest rates. Any increase in interest rates must be consistent with tolerable debt service ratios, the existing stock of debt and private sector savings.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, Investing, Markets

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

State and local government pension update

Concerns about pension plan solvency are widespread and attention-grabbing, yet unjustified in some cases. Pension funded ratios have declined at the state and local levels, though the cost of funding required contributions remains manageable.

Tagged with: Muni Perspectives, Muni Perspectives Blog, Municipal Bonds

Oil and the high yield market

By Jennifer Ponce de Leon, Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of High Yield and Mark Van Holland, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager 

Size of the Energy Sector

Because the energy sector is a large component of the U.S. high yield market relative to some other asset classes, the market has received increased scrutiny due to recent declines in oil prices. Prior to the recent sell off, energy accounted for more than 15% of the high yield market, making it by far the largest industry (healthcare is the second largest at approximately 8.5%).

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

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

Waiting on wages

The latest wage data is mixed, with some measures pointing higher while others appear quite sluggish. Wages in the goods producing industries have been hit particularly hard due to the energy and export/dollar impact, although service industries appear insulated. 
It seems likely that the Fed will await more convincing evidence that global factors have run their course and allow the normal relationship between falling unemployment rates and tighter labor markets to strengthen.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, U.S. Economy

Momentum investing — Understanding the risks

Momentum as a factor in investing decisions can be a valuable tool, but must be monitored carefully. Drawdowns can be severe if exposures are not structured mindfully.

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Fixed-income investing in the oil and gas sector

The sizeable oil and gas sector within investment grade and high yield corporate bonds has been punished by the market as oil prices have collapsed. Companies with a low-cost structure, flexible balance sheet, active risk management strategies, ample liquidity and asset coverage will ultimately prosper as the oil market heals itself.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Investing

Is biotech in a bubble or a golden age?

We recognize concerns over biotech valuation, are mindful of commentary from Yellen and agree that there are pockets of froth — but that is only a portion of the picture. Despite some signs of potential excess, overall research productivity is remarkable and we believe the group can appreciate further.

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From tactical to core — The case for emerging market debt

For many investors, emerging market debt could be viewed as a core-portfolio holding rather than a short-term tactical investment. 2013’s re-pricing created value in terms of higher yields, a more dedicated investor base and a better relative value argument.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Global Economy, Investing
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