Debt Capital Markets

Weekly summaries of key drivers affecting the direction of taxable and tax exempt interest rates for municipal bonds.

William Blair’s Debt Capital Markets Weekly update summarizes key drivers affecting the direction of taxable and tax exempt interest rates for municipal bonds.

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Weekly Market Update | January 13, 2017

Undetermined economic and fiscal policy has led to a recent flattening in domestic equity markets and a decline in the dollar against rival currencies. Investors remain optimistic, proved by the run-up of the dollar and equity markets before President-elect Donald Trump’s first press conference since winning the presidency.

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Weekly Market Update | January 6, 2017

Welcome to 2017. The year 2016 may be later defined as one of surprise outcomes, most notably for the Brexit vote and the U.S. presidential election. In addition, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) voted to lift the fed funds rate by 0.25%, to 0.75%, in December with guidance for as many as three additional rate hikes in 2017.

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Weekly Market Update | December 16, 2016

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by unanimous vote. The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) increased the federal funds rate by 0.25%, to a range of 0.50% to 0.75%, citing “realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation.”

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Weekly Market Update | December 9, 2016

It was a wild ride in the municipal market. Reversing course from aggressive selling and buyer resistance from the prior week, municipals delivered an impressive 20-basis-point rally midweek, including some tightening in credit spreads.

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