Robert Slavin

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Puerto Rico to Pay Christmas Bonuses
November 24, 2015 Puerto Rico’s government, after fanning concerns that it won’t be able to make bond payments due in December, said it plans to...

Puerto Rico Is Getting a New Chief of Staff
November 23, 2015 Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla announced Friday that he was replacing his chief of staff.

Puerto Rico October Employment Report is Mixed
November 20, 2015 The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics released a mixed employment report for Puerto Rico on Friday.

Experts in Puerto Rico Say Perilous Weeks Ahead
November 19, 2015 The next few weeks will be perilous for Puerto Rico, several economists and policy experts told The Bond Buyer , though they...

Puerto Rico to Present Proposed Debt Exchange Friday
November 19, 2015 Puerto Rico officials said they would present the structure of a proposed comprehensive debt exchange to various creditors...

Puerto Rico House Approves Fiscal Oversight Board
November 13, 2015 The Puerto Rico House of Representatives approved a fiscal oversight board on Thursday.

Puerto Rico Governor Says He'll Put People Before Bondholders
November 12, 2015 Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla said if the bondholders don’t agree to new terms on their debt, he will choose to...

Puerto Rico Senate Changes Control Board to Oversight Board
November 12, 2015 The Puerto Rico Senate has changed a proposed fiscal control board into a fiscal oversight board.

Puerto Rico Economic Activity Posts First Increase Since 2012
November 10, 2015 In September Puerto Rico's economic activity index went up on a year-over-year basis for the first time since December 2012.

More Upgrades than Downgrades in Third Quarter at Moody's
November 6, 2015 Moody's Investors Service had more upgrades than downgrades in the third quarter of 2015, and the upgrades also affected a...

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New York State Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder, D-Queens, examines outer-borough growth and transit needs in New York City, as well as efforts to harden its water-exposed neighborhoods.

The notion of option-adjusted spread (OAS) is the standard analytical tool for taxable fixed income securities. It is also making inroads into the muni market. Unfortunately the usual implementation for munis is flawed, rendering the results virtually meaningless. So it is understandable that many muni professionals shy away from OAS in favor of the archaic ‘yield-to-worst’ approach. Correct implementation would undoubtedly attract converts.

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