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The week of March 10, 2014 will not, in my opinion, soon be forgotten by investors and market participants — as much as for what did not happen (calamity) and for what did (successful municipal bond underwritings). Once again, last week demonstrated the apparent resilience of the municipal marketplace. And, in my view, it reaffirms the ability of this market to generally deliver capital where and when it is needed.
Authored by James Colby
While fund managers, financial advisors, and a growing population of domestic and international investors appear to remain fixated on all things Puerto Rico, the municipal bond marketplace generally has posted positive performance so far this year for those who have remained invested and focused on the broader fundamentals.
I turn your attention to some fundamentals in the municipal bond market that may take your mind off the snow and cold that have dominated headlines this winter. First, a thaw in the chilling performance of 2013 appears to have occurred so far this year for tax-exempt investors. Since the tapering comments the Fed made in May of 2013 and subsequent municipal fund redemptions, investors appear to have become comfortable with many analysts' expectations that increases in interest rates are to be modest in 2014.
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