News and Insights

Roland Stoever : Market Month: February 2017

03/06/2017 | Equities continued their positive trend in February as each of the benchmark indexes listed here posted monthly gains.

Dick Larkin's Palm Beach Post Weekly Column: Municipal Bond Insurance: A Short History

03/06/2017 | Valentine’s Day, 2008. My first day on the job at a new company, and I’m testifying in Congress about the municipal bond insurance crisis.

Roland Stoever : Market Week: February 27, 2017

02/27/2017 | Most of the benchmark indexes listed here rallied by the close of the market last Friday to finish ahead for the week.

Dick Larkin's Palm Beach Post Weekly Column: Municipal Bond Ratings Simplified—Part 4

02/22/2017 | There are strengths and flaws in the municipal bond rating process. Rating committee votes are only counted by experienced analysts, generally with at least three years of experience.

Roland Stoever : Market Week: February 20, 2017

02/21/2017 | Equities closed last week in positive territory, as several of the indexes listed here posted record gains.

Dick Larkin's Palm Beach Post Weekly Column: MUNICIPAL BOND RATING OUTLOOKS AND WATCHES

02/13/2017 | Bond Rating “outlooks” and “credit-watches” are not rating changes. They were first instituted by S&P in 1981, and subsequently adopted by Moody’s and Fitch.

Roland Stoever : Market Week: February 13, 2017

02/13/2017 | The stock indexes listed here posted a strong week of gains as the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq each achieved record highs.

Dick Larkin's Palm Beach Post Weekly Column: Municipal Bond Ratings Simplified: Part 2

02/06/2017 | Bond ratings begin with a request from the issuer. The issuer must pay a fee to obtain a rating. That is why ratings are not automatic.

Roland Stoever : Market Week: February 6, 2017

02/06/2017 | Stocks fell early last week, with the Dow dropping below 20000, while yields on long-term Treasuries receded as prices climbed with increased demand.

Dick Larkin's Palm Beach Post Weekly Column: MUNICIPAL BOND RATINGS SIMPLIFIED: Part 1

01/30/2017 | Bond ratings try to predict if bonds will be repaid principal and interest on the promised date for your bond. Municipal bonds are like certificates of deposits, which promise interest and principal on specified dates.

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