PowerShares California AMT-Free Municipal Bond Portfolio ETF (PWZ) - NYSEARCA
  • Oct. 31, 2014, 2:53 PM
    • "October 1 was an academic exercise," says a pension-law expert. "[Thursday] was a reality check." The lawyer is referring to a bankruptcy judge yesterday approving Stockton, CA's reorganization plan which leaves untouched its pension obligations. On Oct. 1 that same judge had ruled Stockton could cut its payments to Calpers as it emerged from bankruptcy.
    • Ultimately, city managers - already faced with a hard time retaining municipal workers - decided slashing pension benefits would force an even quicker rush to the exits.
    • Losers when the ruling was issued, government pension plans and organized government labor groups are pleased, but advocates for pension reform say the reorganization plan is a mistake as it allows the city to exit bankruptcy without dealing with the pension obligations which helped put it there in the first place.
    • Monolines today: Ambac (AMBC +4.7%), Assured Guaranty (AGO +1.8%), MBIA (MBI +1.1%).
    • Muni ETFs: MUB, PZA, TFI, CMF, XMPT, PRB, PWZ, CXA, PVI, RVNU, VRD, FMB
    | Oct. 31, 2014, 2:53 PM | 2 Comments
PWZ Description
The PowerShares California AMT-Free Municipal Bond Portfolio (Fund) is based on the BofA Merrill Lynch California Long-Term Core Plus Municipal Securities Index (Index). The Fund generally will invest at least 80% of its total assets in municipal securities that comprise the Index and that also are exempt from the federal alternative minimum tax. The Index is composed of US dollar-denominated, investment grade, tax-exempt debt publicly issued by California or any US territory, or their political subdivisions, in the US domestic market with a term of at least 15 years remaining to final maturity. The Index is adjusted monthly and its constituents are capitalization-weighted based on their current amount outstanding. The Fund and the Index are rebalanced and reconstituted monthly.
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