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Instant View: Fed leaves rates unchanged, sees inflation firming

January 31, 2018
Reuters

The U.S. Federal Reserve announced today the plan to keep interest rates unchanged while also anticipating a rise in inflation. Brian Battle of Performance Trust commented on the news and the hawkish tone that the Fed displayed in the meeting minutes.

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Rising Bond Yields Punish High-Dividend Stocks

January 30, 2018
Wall Street Journal

The market is now seeing rising bond yields compete with some of the biggest stock dividends, shifting the tone for investors. Andrew Pace of Performance Trust commented on the rise in yields and the opportunities investors see in fixed-income.

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New tax law colors marketing and demand for Chicago sales tax securitization

January 25, 2018
The Bond Buyer

Chicago’s new bond deal went through more hurdles than expected during the corporation’s second issuance. Brian Battle of Performance Trust commented on the market’s reaction to the new issuance and the initial hesitation towards the new structure.

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Two-Year Treasury Yield Crosses 2% Threshold

January 12, 2018
Wall Street Journal

The yield for the 2-year Treasury note hit a milestone as it crossed above the 2% mark for the first time since 2008. Andrew Pace of Performance Trust commented on the benchmark yield and the lure it has for investors in this lower rate environment.

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Chicago's securitization bonds face another test of their market appeal

January 12, 2018
The Bond Buyer

Chicago’s Sales Tax Securitization Corp. bonds return to the market on Wednesday and are looking for a welcome reception after its December debut. Brian Battle of Performance Trust comments on the bonds and the expectations that the market has on the group.

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Wall St. rises with oil prices, earnings optimism

January 11, 2018
Reuters

Wall Street hit record highs on Thursday as Oil bolstered the energy sectors and investors prepared for strong earnings reports. Brian Battle of Performance Trust commented on the outlook as Fed President William Dudley warned of the growth that may occur due to tax cuts.

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