Beyond Bulls & Bears

Fundamental Changes That No Muni Investor Should Ignore
Fixed Income

Fundamental Changes That No Muni Investor Should Ignore

The investment landscape for municipal bonds has changed in a number of ways. What was true in the past for this asset class may not be anymore, according to Rafael Costas and Sheila Amoroso, co-directors of Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group’s Municipal Bond Department.

Will US Tax Reform Alter the Muni Landscape?
Fixed Income

Will US Tax Reform Alter the Muni Landscape?

With a new US tax law now upon us, many investors are questioning what the potential impacts may be on their portfolios—and on their potential investment selections going forward. Rafael Costas and Sheila Amoroso, co-directors of Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group’s Municipal Bond Department, address the major areas of potential impact the new legislation could have on muni bonds, and offer their thoughts around each of these areas.

The Missing Muni Market Story
Fixed Income

The Missing Muni Market Story

As 2015 drew to a close amid dour headlines and gloomy predictions, many equity-focused investors may have missed the brighter story of the ...

Update on Puerto Rico as Aug. 1 Debt Deadline Missed
Fixed Income

Update on Puerto Rico as Aug. 1 Debt Deadline Missed

The last time we checked in with Rafael Costas and Sheila Amoroso about Puerto Rico was right after the island’s governor announced that Puerto ...

In the Know: Seven Myths About Municipal Bonds
Fixed Income

In the Know: Seven Myths About Municipal Bonds

In the Know: Professionals at Franklin Templeton Investments offer a quick but insightful update on a pressing investment topic. Today, Rafael ...

Mid-Term Bond Approvals May Help Close the Book on Muni Supply Saga
Fixed Income

Mid-Term Bond Approvals May Help Close the Book on Muni Supply Saga

The municipal bond market roared back this year after a disappointing 2013, as a dearth in supply and improved demand buoyed muni bond prices. ...

Perspectives on Puerto Rico Municipal Bonds
Fixed Income

Perspectives on Puerto Rico Municipal Bonds

Rafael Costas and Sheila Amoroso, Co-Directors, Municipal Bond Department, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group® offer some fresh perspective on ...

Mid-Year Muni Market Update
Fixed Income

Mid-Year Muni Market Update

The municipal bond market faced a rather tough year in 2013, with news of troubles in Detroit, Puerto Rico and elsewhere scaring off some ...

Perspective on Puerto Rico’s Debt Downgrade
Fixed Income

Perspective on Puerto Rico’s Debt Downgrade

The latest headlines report that Puerto Rico’s troubles intensified recently. On February 4, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services reduced ...

Municipal Bonds: Back to Basics in 2014
Fixed Income

Municipal Bonds: Back to Basics in 2014

Municipal bonds faced some ups and downs in 2013, falling victim to Fed taper speculation and negative press that dogged Detroit and Puerto Rico ...

“Taper Tantrum” Grips Muni Market

“Taper Tantrum” Grips Muni Market

Moving Past March Muni Madness

Moving Past March Muni Madness