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Advisories
March 14, 2014 Posted by

Given the relative newness of these securities, we are not convinced that a real secondary market for the debt exists. A strong supply and demand in the secondary market is necessary to create the kind of liquidity we want to see for investments in our client portfolios. Currently, we don’t see either. If an investor in an extendible security wants immediate liquidity, we see a real potential for principal loss.

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Observation Deck
August 01, 2013 Posted by
Market speculation on the timing of the Fed’s tapering has caused volatility in the bond market. Global corporate new bond issuances declined materially in June 2013 compared to robust issuance levels during the first five months of 2013. Nonetheless, we generally expect corporate credit risk to remain steady through 2013, with divergence in credit trends among various sectors. While investment grade corporate credit spreads initially widened 16 bps on speculation of the Fed’s tapering bond purchases, they have recently tightened by around 20 bps to 76 bps around mid-July.
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June 27, 2013 Posted by

To ensure the product is appropriate for their defined risk and liquidity tolerance, we believe investors and their boards should be fully aware prior to investing of the various issues CD programs can present, including liquidity risk, low transparency to bank failure, high penalties for early withdrawal which may cause loss of principal and other factors. 

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Observation Deck
August 01, 2011 Posted by
For more than a year, the euro zone's debt drama has been flaring up, fanned by financial challenges in Greece, Ireland and Portugal. With escalating market concerns about the potential fallout from defaults in Greece ...
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May 23, 2011 Posted by
Market discipline has forced heavily-indebted countries to implement credible plans for fiscal austerity in the coming years. If the market loses confidence in these plans, we expect further challenges to the recovery and new challenges to political and social cohesion.
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February 28, 2011 Posted by
On February 11, 2011, the Obama Administration delivered a report to Congress “Reforming America’s Housing Finance Market,” which marks the beginning of the political process in which the Obama Administration and Congress must agree on the structure and timing of mortgage reform.
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December 08, 2009 Posted by

The U.S. municipal bond market has been impacted by the volatility of tight credit conditions, federal regulation and stimulus as much as, if not more than, other sectors. What makes state and muni markets unique is how much remains unknown relative to corporate markets about their ability to recover

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November 24, 2009 Posted by

In the wake of the harsh spotlight thrown on structured finance’s role in the 2007-2009 financial crisis, much of the securitization landscape has been altered. While many structured investments fell out of favor, particularly private label mortgage-backed securities and collateral debt obligations, credit card-backed securities avoided most of the severe credit and ratings downgrades.

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