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Dick Larkin's Palm Beach Post Weekly Column: ELECTRIC UTILITY BONDS

12/05/2016 | In municipals, there are three types of bonds paid from electric utility operations. The safest are city/state operated retail systems, which are basically legal monopolies selling an essential service. Some of these systems can see ratings as high as “AAA”.

Roland Stoever: Market Week: December 5, 2016

12/05/2016 | Robust gains that marked the last few weeks turned to modest declines last week.

Roland Stoever : Market Month: November 2016

12/01/2016 | The economy picked up the pace in November, as did the stock market. After getting off to a sluggish start during the early part of the month, equities soared following the results of the presidential election.

Roland Stoever: Market Week: November 28, 2016

11/28/2016 | Based on the performance of stock market indexes, it was another banner week for equities amidst slow trading volume.

Dick Larkin's Palm Beach Post Weekly Column: Tax-Free Industrial Revenue Bonds

11/28/2016 | These bonds (IRBs for short) as a class, probably have the highest credit risk that you may not be repaid on time or in full. That said, the interest rate yields are the highest in the industry.

Roland Stoever: Market Week: November 21, 2016

11/21/2016 | Treasury yields continue to climb as the 10-year rate jumped 20 basis points for the week while exceeding last year's closing yield for the first time in 2016.

Dick Larkin's Palm Beach Post Weekly Column: THE FUTURE OF TAX EXEMPTION FOR MUNICIPAL BONDS

11/14/2016 | This isn’t about Clinton or Trump. Whenever there is a change in the Presidency and/or Congress, this question gets revived: should municipal bonds continue to be exempt from federal income taxes?

Dick Larkin's Palm Beach Post Weekly Column: High-Yield Munis

11/21/2016 | There are $3.7 trillion of outstanding municipal bonds, with hundreds of millions more issued each year. Munis have been termed “the second safest investment after U.S. Treasury debt."

Roland Stoever: Market Week: November 14, 2016

11/14/2016 | The markets climbed at the beginning of last week as money moved from bonds (yield on 10-year Treasuries gained 5 basis points) to equities.

Roland Stoever : Market Week: November 7, 2016

11/07/2016 | Even a good jobs report wasn't enough to steady investors last week, as each of the indexes listed here lost value from the prior week. Oil prices fell sharply midweek following a report that crude oil inventories are much larger than expected.

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