Weekly Market Commentary

April 21, 2015

High yield municipal bond mutual funds took in $118 million during the week ended April 15, but muni funds as a whole had net deductions of $414 million in the run up to Tax Day.

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April 14, 2015

Last week, markets digested the weak jobs data released on April 3 and concluded that rate hikes were likely off the table until the Federal Open Market Committee meeting on September 17.

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April 07, 2015

Trading slowed last week ahead of the Easter and Passover holidays.  Economic data releases continued to confound Wall Street, but the markets were closed when the most keenly watched numbers came out on Friday.

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March 31, 2015

Stock market indices fell by more than 2% last week as Saudi Arabia began airstrikes against rebel forces in Yemen, Iran nuclear talks intensified and the dollar continued to outmuscle other currencies.

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March 24, 2015

The municipal bond calendar this week totals $10 billion, another in a continuing a series of above-average, new-normal highs as refinancings proceed apace.

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March 17, 2015

The financial markets have been gearing up for Wednesday’s press conference by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.  Traders are focused on one word, breathless to know whether patience will be deleted from the lexicon of the Federal Open Market Committee.

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