High Yield Muni Exposure to Oil; Massachusetts Counties; Next SEC Muni Move

December 15, 2014

High Yield Muni Exposure to Oil; Massachusetts Counties; Next SEC Muni Move

This week we contemplate the linkage between high yield municipal and high yield taxable markets, share some observations from the Massachusetts Investor Conference, and highlight our white paper on the SEC’s Next Move in Muniland.

Please click here to read the rest of this week’s commentary:

http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/12-15-2014-high-yield-muni-exposure-to-oil-massachusetts-counties-next-sec-muni-move

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“Productive Credit” and “Unproductive Credit” and State Exports

December 8, 2014

“Productive Credit” and “Unproductive Credit” and State Exports

This week we reprise something we (Gregg B.) wrote in 2012, which unfortunately remains relevant today. We also take a quick look the US Trade Deficit and individual State export volumes.

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http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/12-8-2014–productive-credit–and–unproductive-credit–and-state-exports

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November Geo Scores, OPEC’s Impact on State and Local Economies & NJ Pension Funding

December 1, 2014

November Geo Scores, OPEC’s Impact on State and Local Economies & NJ Pension Funding

This week we start with a review of our proprietary Geo Score and highlight some ups and downs as well as provide you a link to get the scores themselves.   We discuss potential State and local implications of OPEC’s announcement last week, and look at the State of New Jersey’s recent pension disclosure. We also discuss the increasing focus on liquidity and the G-47 compliance issues it raises.

Please click here to read the rest of this week’s commentary: http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/12-1-2014-november-geo-scores-opec-s-impact-on-state-and-local-economies-nj-pension-funding

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Barron’s Ranks the States; Illinois Toll Link to Illinois State; Thanksgiving Rituals

November 24, 2014

This week we summarize the findings of a cover article in Barron’s, which ranks the states.  We highlight the linkage between Illinois Tollway Authority and Illinois State as one to watch; and share one of our Thanksgiving rituals.

Please click here to read the rest of this week’s commentary: http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/11-24-2014-barron-s-ranks-the-states-illinois-toll-link-to-illinois-state-thanksgiving-rituals

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Connecticut’s Economic Linkage to NYC; MCDC Is Inflating 15c2-12 Filings

November 17, 2014

This week we look at the relation between the economic linkage of Connecticut and New York City. We will also update our calculation of the impact on EMMA filing volumes of the SEC’s MCDC initiative.

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http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/11-17-2014-connecticut-s-economic-linkage-to-nyc-mcdc-is-inflating-15c2-12-filings#sthash.mgynI4DD.dpuf

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Credit Scoring Algorithm in California, Drought Impact on Beef Prices, and More on NYSTA Evasiveness

November 10, 2014

Credit Scoring Algorithm in California, Drought Impact on Beef Prices, and More on NYSTA Evasiveness

This week we examine a credit-scoring algorithm for cities and counties in California, plot drought conditions in beef producing States, and highlight (again) a lack of transparency by Governor Cuomo and the New York State Thruway Authority.

Please click here to read the rest of this week’s commentary: http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/11-10-2014-credit-scoring-algorithm-in-california-drought-impact-on-beef-prices-and-more-on-nysta-evasiveness

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October Geo Scores, NYSTA’s Tappan Zee Not Too Transparent and Where Chan Suspects the SEC will Focus Next

November 3, 2014

October Geo Scores, NYSTA’s Tappan Zee Not Too Transparent and Where Chan Suspects the SEC will Focus Next

This week we start with a review of our proprietary Geo Score and highlight some ups and downs as well as provide you a link to get the scores themselves.  We then focus on the limited disclosure around the NYSTA’s Tappan Zee bridge and conclude with a brief comment around where, based on Peter Chan’s view (yes, the MCDC guy), the SEC may focus its efforts next on the muni space.

Please click here to read the rest of this week’s commentary: http://www.lumesis.com/commentary-blog/2014-commentary/11-3-2014-october-geo-scores-nysta-s-tappan-zee-not-too-transparent-and-where-chan-suspects-the-sec-will-focus-next

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