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    A New Paradigm - Wednesday, 06/13/2012

    With investor sentiment now shaded by the daily changes in market direction for both equities and fixed income, I suggest that we are faced with a changed investment paradigm, at least in the near term. While Europe tries to extricate itself from economic doom and gloom, many major equity indices struggle to post positive year-to-date returns1. In my opinion, as shown in the table below, inflows into fixed income may be an indication that it is currently the preferred asset class over equities. More specifically, I believe municipal bonds have generally offered investors some sense of stability. The Barclays Municipal Bond Index2 returned 3.43% year-to-date, with an average coupon of 4.90%3. This generated enough return to help investors weather momentary downturns in market value.



    What Is An Investor To Do? - Wednesday, 06/06/2012

    If you have not asked yourself this question, then you may either be blissfully unaware of the cacophony raised as investors rush out the exit marked "equity" based on fund flow data from Morningstar, or your expectations might be so low for investment returns that you've turned to watching re-runs of AMC's Mad Men. With everything seemingly in freefall – including yields – I offer my opinion as follows:



    End Of May, Don't Go Away - Thursday, 05/31/2012

    I've taken a little liberty with a familiar saying to suggest that for municipals, I am not booking my three-month summer vacation just yet. Month-to-date and year-to-date performance of all muni high-yield bond sectors (with the exception of tobacco) has been positive. The technicals of demand overpowering supply, which I've previously written about, are still in place.



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