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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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August 17, 2009
From start-ups to multi-billion dollar revenue generating corporations, the challenges for corporate treasurers in maintaining well diversified investment portfolios is ever growing due to the increased complexity in the fixed income market. Adding to the challenge is the lack of transparency of non-traditional investment classes that have made their way into many investment portfolios. By using a combination of a sound investment policy, transparent reporting tools and a well defined corporate governance policy, the corporate treasurer takes an important step towards constructing a framework that could preserve the corporation’s most prized asset — the working capital.
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July 07, 2009
Short-term yields remain near historic lows, leaving corporate investors overly invested in cash investments earning near zero interest.
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June 09, 2009
Given the current economic environment, we remain highly attuned to the risks of investments that don't have the benefit of an explicit government guarantee
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March 10, 2009 Posted by
Amidst all the chatter over the pros and cons of the various government sponsored programs to cure the financial markets, it is worth noting that some of the targeted programs have produced positive results by any standard.
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February 06, 2009
Since September 7, 2008 when the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) placed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the "twins") into conservatorship, there has yet to be any serious public debate regarding the government's next steps.
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January 13, 2009
Quantitative easing (QE) was the name given to the Bank of Japan's activities to stimulate their economy after they hit zero overnight interest rates.
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December 09, 2008
Since when has "return" been a dirty word? Investors are in great pain these days, particularly in the money market arena.
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December 09, 2008
On October 14, 2008, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), together with the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve, announced the establishment of the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program (TLGP) to help restore market confidence and encourage liquidity in the banking system.
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