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Public Finance Market Update: June 2017

PUBLIC FINANCE TRENDS
National & State Market Update

This month, we compared two Aaa bank-qualified (BQ) transactions that reflect the degree to which interest rates have decreased since the end of 2016: one deal priced in December 2016 and the other in May 2017. Read more...

Market Update: June 2017

 Investment Advisory Services Market Update May 2017

INVESTMENT ADVISORY SERVICES: FEATURED ECONOMIC INDICATOR
GDP Revised Up 

Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was revised up more than expected to 1.2% from 0.7%. Economists expected GDP to be revised up to only 0.9%. While GDP remained low compared to the last two quarters, business investment was higher in the 1st quarter. Read more...

June 2017

A New Market Reality: Investing in a Rising Rate Environment
Illinois ASBO Update Magazine / Summer 2017
Posted with permission by Illinois ASBO

By: Brian D. Hextell

Credit Quarterly – Banking industry and credit markets news. (More...)

Active or Passive Funding Strategy- Tug of War
CUInsight (Originally published on CUInsight.com, May 15, 2017)
Reprinted and posted with permission by CUInsight.com

By: D. James Lutter
Co-authors: Todd A. Terrazas and John Vaci

CFO Focus: Planning for Rising Rates 
CUES Publication, Vol: 40 No. 6 - June 2017
Posted with permission by CUES

By: D. James Lutter
Co-author: Todd Terrazas

Press Release – PMA/MNTrust Introduce New LTD Series

Albertville, MN – June 1, 2017 – PMA Financial Network, Inc., PMA Securities, Inc. and Prudent Man Advisors, Inc. (collectively “PMA”) and MNTrust, are pleased to introduce a new Series offering to Participants: MNTrust Limited Term Duration Series (MNTrust LTD). (More...)

About the MNTrust Limited Term Duration Series

Fed Rate Increase-Round Two
WIB Publication, Issue #27 - June 2017
Posted with permission by Western Independent Bankers

By: D. James Lutter
Co-author: John T. Vaci

Market Update: May 2017

 Investment Advisory Services Market Update May 2017

INVESTMENT ADVISORY SERVICES: FEATURED ECONOMIC INDICATOR
Personal Spending Slows

For two consecutive months, personal spending has been flat on a month-over-month basis. The story has been similar for retail sales and retail sales excluding auto sales. One positive note is that excluding autos, retail sales picked up in March. Read more...

Public Finance Market Update: May 2017

PUBLIC FINANCE TRENDS
BQ Benefit and Method of Sale

This month's analysis sheds light on the benefit of bank-qualified (“BQ”) bond issues by comparing an insured Illinois (“IL”) A+ NBQ bond issue with an insured IL A1 BQ issue. When comparing these two bond issues, the BQ benefit appears to be minimal for the first nine years. Read more...

Market Update: April 2017

 Investment Advisory Services Market Update May 2017

INVESTMENT ADVISORY SERVICES: FEATURED ECONOMIC INDICATOR
Fed Leading Interest Rates Higher

The Federal Reserve has increased interest rates three times since December 2015 by a total of 75 basis points including two hikes since December 2016. Current and projected employment and inflation data as well as the Fed’s own projections suggest that the Fed will continue to raise rates in the coming months and years. Read more...

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