Investment Ideas From PIMCO: Buy TIPS, Municipal Bonds & High Quality Financials


Bonds would be burned to a crisp and stocks would certainly be singed; only gold and real assets would thrive within the “Ring of Fire.” - Bill Gross, “Damages” October 2012 The quote above is slightly out of context. Bill Gross is discussing … [Read more...]

State Credit Enhancement Programs – What they are and How they Work


A state credit enhancement program is when a state creates some mechanism to ensure that local governments or school systems pay their bonds.  Its not bond insurance.  There are at least 34 states that have these programs.  They have these programs … [Read more...]

Municipal Bond Watch: Illinois & Pennsylvania Being Dragged Down By Pension Problems

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Learn Bonds has just updated our State General Obligation ratings table. In the process, we took the opportunity to review the recent rating changes by two largest municipal raters, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s. For the most part, the two … [Read more...]