Wed, Jun. 15, 3:32 AM
- California has overtaken France as the world’s sixth-largest economy, growing by 4.1% in 2015.
- The most-populous U.S. state, with a gross domestic product of $2.5T, has also eclipsed recession-plagued Brazil.
- "This is the result of both good growth in California and exchange-rate movements of the dollar vs. other currencies," said Irena Asmundson, chief economist of the California Department of Finance.
- ETFs: PCK, VCV, NAC, BFZ, PZC, PCQ, MCA, NKX, MUC, CMF, MYC, CCA, NZH, EVM, NCA, NVX, CEV, EIA, AKP, PWZ, BJZ, NXC, CXA, NBW, NCB
Jul. 3, 2015, 3:17 AM
- Marking another sign of the state's financial recovery, the one-notch upgrade to "AA-" from "A+" gives California GO debt the highest rating from S&P since 2000 - when the dot-com bust hammered the state's economy.
- California's new budget, "marks another step forward in the state's journey toward improved fiscal sustainability," said the agency's report.
- California now outranks Illinois and New Jersey and is tied with Michigan and Pennsylvania.
- ETFs: PCK, VCV, BFZ, PCQ, PZC, MCA, NAC, NKX, MUC, CMF, MYC, CCA, NZH, EVM, PWZ, AKP, NCA, NVX, CEV, EIA, BJZ, CXA, NXC, NCB, NBW
Jun. 3, 2013, 4:20 PM
Another Pimco income fund trading at a premium to NAV gets hit - today the Pimco California Municipal Income Fund II (PCK -4.9%). Today's decline still leaves it at a 12% premium to the end of May's NAV at a time when the average muni CEF is trading at discount. Three noteworthy ones: NUV, NPM, MQY.| Jun. 3, 2013, 4:20 PM
Oct. 10, 2012, 12:41 PMNot limited to mortgage REITs, panic grips another favorite of income investors, closed-end investment funds - notably those trading far above NAV for seemingly no other reason than their fat yield. The payouts on many of these are sustained by digging into capital rather than by earning a return on it. PGP -7.5%, PHK -7.8%, PHT -5.5%. | Oct. 10, 2012, 12:41 PM | 8 Comments
Oct. 8, 2012, 3:25 PM
Blinded by fat yields, investors continue to bid closed-end funds far higher than their NAVs. 66% of taxable and 73% of muni-bond funds trade above NAV now, compared to just 30% a year ago, with often the funds with the highest distributions having the highest premiums. "We believe that an excessive premium for the fund is not likely to be sustainable," says Gabelli of one of its funds. Are investors listening?| Oct. 8, 2012, 3:25 PM | 35 Comments