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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

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

Columbia Threadneedle Investments muni fund exposure to Puerto Rico — August 31, 2015

The following table illustrates Columbia Threadneedle Investments municipal bond mutual fund exposure to Puerto Rico issuers — including GO debt and issuers that do not directly rely on Commonwealth General Fund support to pay debt service. While we acknowledge that there is an elevated degree of economic and political linkage between all credits issued on the Island, consideration should be given to the structural and legal separation of some credits.

Tagged with: Columbia Funds, Fixed Income, Municipal Bonds, Uncategorized

Puerto Rico — Has the default train left the station?

Defaults on all types of Puerto Rico governmental debt appear almost certain. Current investors should brace themselves for an extended period of receiving no interest income and additional price volatility.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Municipal Bonds, U.S. Economy

Video: What Puerto Rico means for muni bond investors

While owners of Puerto-Rico-related municipal bonds have a bleak prospect, investors in other muni bonds can expect virtually no impact. Apart from Puerto Rico and a few other volatile outliers, we believe the municipal bond market remains fundamentally healthy.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Muni Perspectives, Municipal Bonds, U.S. Economy

Are there cracks in the credit market?

Record new debt issuance, lack of revenue growth, increased acquisition activity, and the re-emergence of debt-financed shareholder returns have caused deterioration in credit metrics. Corporations may not be as close to the end of their credit cycle as the deterioration in credit metrics would imply.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, 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

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

Q3 2015 Municipal Bond Outlook

In this Q3 2015 municipal bond market outlook, Head of Municipal Bonds James Dearborn focuses in on Puerto Rico’s likely debt default and the impact on muni bondholders. (Video 4:09).

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Markets, Municipal Bonds

Greece — The market’s odyssey

The events of the past few weeks underscore the linkage between domestic political willingness to service debts and the likelihood of capital controls and/or eurozone exit. Greece’s negotiations with its creditors provide lessons on eurozone creditor reaction functions, which will inform the market’s pricing of risk.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Global Investing, Markets

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