News and Insights

Roland Stoever : Market Week: January 9, 2017

01/09/2017 | The markets regained their swag as each of the indexes listed here posted week-over-week gains at the close of the first week of the new year.

Dick Larkin's Palm Beach Post Weekly Column: State Muni Bonds Ratings

01/09/2017 | THE DIS-UNITED STATES OF AMERICA? State general obligation bonds offer the safest returns in the municipal bond industry. Statistically, the U.S. is in its 8th year of economic recovery. In times like this, all boats usually rise with the tide.

Roland Stoever : Market Week: January 2, 2017

01/04/2017 | The Dow suffered its first weekly loss since the presidential election, and each of the indexes listed here closed the last week of 2016 on the down side.

Roland Stoever : Annual Market Review 2016

01/04/2017 | The year 2016 likely will be remembered for the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States and the Brexit vote.

Dick Larkin : MUNI OUTLOOK FOR 2017


Dick Larkin's Palm Beach Post Weekly Column: Muni Credit Wrap-up for 2016

12/26/2016 | My apology to Charles Dickens by saying “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”.

Roland Stoever: Market Week: December 19, 2016

12/19/2016 | The fallout from the increase in the federal funds rate saw bond yields rise, with the yield on 10-year Treasuries hitting a 2-year high. Bond prices tend to fall (and yields rise) when interest rates increase.

Dick Larkin's Palm Beach Post Weekly Column: GOVERNMENT PENSION FUNDS

12/19/2016 | Detroit’s and Puerto Rico’s financial melt-downs highlighted attention to benefits which will continue to be paid long after this fiscal year. Governments could pay pension benefits for 10-15 years or more even with unfunded liabilities as high as 50%. This is the case, even if government contributions are not made.

Roland Stoever : Market Week: December 12, 2016

12/12/16 | Following a week of tepid movement in the major stock market indexes, equities picked up the pace last week, reaching new record highs.

Dick Larkin's Palm Beach Post Weekly Column: School District Debt: a Safe Bet

12/12/2016 | In most of the country, primary and secondary education is provided by independently elected boards that have their own taxing power, separate from the cities they serve. In those situations, fiscal distress or bankruptcy of a city does not affect payments on school district debt.

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