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Global Demographics Point to “American Century”
Investors are taking a second look at the United States. Because compared to former international favorites like Japan, China, and Europe, the U.S. is posting strong population growth. This increase is the result of both a higher birth rate as well as a remarkable immigration trend. The productivity that investors had already noticed about the American economy is now being matched by consistent long-term internal demand. Continue
Year-End Muni Supply Surges as Volcker Rule Takes Effect
Many municipal bond issuers and their bankers consider this week their last chance to get into the market before the holidays and, more importantly, before the December FOMC meeting. And they’re taking advantage of this short-term window: this week’s new issue calendar is expected to reach $11 billion, almost double the amount sold last week. Continue
State and Local Public Pension Plans: Is the Crisis Over - or Has it Just Begun?
Very few state and local public pension plans have earned bragging rights for their performance over the past year, and others have climbed deeper into the danger zone. Overall, state and local pension funds saw little improvement during the 2012 fiscal year, according to the Eleventh Annual Pension Review released this week by Loop Capital Markets. Continue
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