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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).

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A look at how inverse floaters work. Two examples: one positive, one negative.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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2014 was a year to remember. Tailwinds still blowing in 2015.

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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.

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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.

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Short term munis may make sense in a rising rate environment. They provide attractive yields and investment flexibility vs.

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We look for securities that offer a balance of credit fundamentals and yield. We use a “roll-down” analysis to identify the sweet spot on the yield curve.

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