Invesco Municipal Opportunity Trust(VMO)- NYSE
  • Wed, Jun. 8, 11:52 AM
    • "We as municipal market participants should really be penalizing in some way, by almost not giving them any access to the market,” says Peter Hays, who oversees $119B as head of municipal bonds at BlackRock.
    • He notes Illinois is a state that refuses to pass a budget, and has the lowest funded ratio on their pension of any state.
    • The term "bond vigilantes" was invented with regards to investors forcing discipline on national governments, but they've been mostly absent from the $3.7T municipal market, despite a number of notable bankruptcy filings of late, as well as Puerto Rico's issues.
    • The lowest-rated U.S. state, Illinois this week announced plans to borrow $550M for capital projects on June 16. For now, investors are demanding an extra 183 basis points to hold Illinois 10-year debt vs. AAA munis. Still the yield is just 3.42% - that's 20 basis points lower than four years ago, when Illinois had a two-step higher credit rating than it does today.
    • ETFs: MUB, NVG, IIM, NUV, PML, NZF, LEO, PZA, PMF, NEA, PMX, VMO, BFK, EVN, BLE, NXP, KTF, DSM, EIM, VGM, AFB, NPM, PMM, VKI, BKN, MVF, NQM, TFI, MYI, IQI
    | Wed, Jun. 8, 11:52 AM | 50 Comments
  • Wed, Jun. 8, 11:52 AM
    • "We as municipal market participants should really be penalizing in some way, by almost not giving them any access to the market,” says Peter Hays, who oversees $119B as head of municipal bonds at BlackRock.
    • He notes Illinois is a state that refuses to pass a budget, and has the lowest funded ratio on their pension of any state.
    • The term "bond vigilantes" was invented with regards to investors forcing discipline on national governments, but they've been mostly absent from the $3.7T municipal market, despite a number of notable bankruptcy filings of late, as well as Puerto Rico's issues.
    • The lowest-rated U.S. state, Illinois this week announced plans to borrow $550M for capital projects on June 16. For now, investors are demanding an extra 183 basis points to hold Illinois 10-year debt vs. AAA munis. Still the yield is just 3.42% - that's 20 basis points lower than four years ago, when Illinois had a two-step higher credit rating than it does today.
    • ETFs: MUB, NVG, IIM, NUV, PML, NZF, LEO, PZA, PMF, NEA, PMX, VMO, BFK, EVN, BLE, NXP, KTF, DSM, EIM, VGM, AFB, NPM, PMM, VKI, BKN, MVF, NQM, TFI, MYI, IQI, MUA, OIA, MVT, XMPT, MEN, NPI, MYD, VKQ, NMO, PMO, MUE, MMU, NAD, NPP, BBK, EXD, NEV, BYM, NQS, DMF, MFL, BBF, MFM, KSM, MHD, EIV, MQY, MUH, BAF, MFT, MUS, MZF, PRB, MNP, EOT, NUW, DMB, DTF, MQT, NPF, BSD, MYF, NXR, CXH, NXQ, NIM, NMI, VTEB, FMN, VFL, PVI, RVNU, FMB
    | Wed, Jun. 8, 11:52 AM | 6 Comments
  • Thu, Mar. 24, 11:15 AM
    • Coming nearly a year after it struck down a state plan to overhaul its retirement system ($111B shortfall), the Illinois Supreme Court does the same to Chicago and its $20B pension deficit.
    • The decision leaves the city needing to figure out a new way to shore up its retirement plans. It needs to make about an $886M payment this year - more than twice what was necessary a decade ago - and its already pushed through a record property-tax hike. Currently only Detroit among large U.S. cities has a lower credit rating than Chicago.
    • ETFs: MUB, IIM, NUV, PML, NIO, PZA, LEO, NEA, VMO, PMF
    | Thu, Mar. 24, 11:15 AM | 32 Comments
  • Nov. 12, 2015, 3:00 PM
    • There was a 20% jump in the number of requests for new municipal bond security identifiers, according to the CUSIP Issuance Trends Report - the first increase in five months.
    • While the start of Q4 and the beginning of a new fiscal year for many towns explains some of the jump, says CUSIP's Gerald Faulkner, the near-certain closing of ZIRP also plays a role.
    • It's a "dash for debt"  says S&P Capital IQ's Richard Peterson.
    • ETFs: MUB, IIM, NUV, PML, NIO, PZA, LEO, VMO, PMF, NEA, PMX, BFK, EVN, BLE, DSM, KTF, NQU, NXP, VGM, PMM
    | Nov. 12, 2015, 3:00 PM | 11 Comments
  • Sep. 9, 2015, 2:12 PM
    • General obligation bonds have been viewed as essentially default-proof forever, but part of Puerto Rico's five-year plan to restructure its $72B in debt includes the Commonwealth's GO paper.
    • These bonds were issued with a constitutional promise that the government would pay the debt service ahead of any other bills it has. "Unheard-of" is how the plan is described in a NYT article pondering the spillover effect to other GO debt should Puerto Rico successfully restructure.
    • Bond investors will no doubt put up a major fight, and Van Eck strategist Jim Colby expects a constitutional battle. Moody's Ted Hampton agrees, and sees a high probability of a long legal war.
    • Source: Barron's
    • ETFs: MUB, IIM, NUV, PML, NIO, PZA, LEO, VMO, NEA, PMF, PMX, BFK, EVN, BLE, DSM, KTF, NQU, NXP, VGM, PMM, AFB, MVF, VKI, EIM, NQM, NPM, TFI, OIA, BKN
    | Sep. 9, 2015, 2:12 PM | 7 Comments
  • Jul. 16, 2015, 3:39 PM
    | Jul. 16, 2015, 3:39 PM | 8 Comments
  • Dec. 28, 2013, 8:30 AM
    • A tripling of the market over the last five years has made it a difficult environment for value investors looking for ideas, writes Tsachy Mishal; difficult, but not impossible. Mishal has recently put money to work in four new investments:
    • Air Products & Chemicals (APD) has a lot more in common with Bill Ackman's successful moves than it does with boners like J.C. Penney and Herbalife, says Mishal. The appointment of a CEO in Q1 should be a catalyst, he says, as the new chief lays out his strategy and Ackman makes public his detailed investment thesis.
    • Trading at a steep 20% discount to book value, Annaly Capital (NLY) is the victim of year-end tax-loss selling and the fear of the effect of higher rates on book value, says Mishal. But the year is nearly over, and Annaly management has lowered leverage, hedged its book, and diversified into CMBS - it's well-positioned against further rate increases.
    • Eastman Chemical (EMN) has spent the past few quarters paying down debt from an acquisition, says Mishal, but starting in Q1 should begin using its ample cash flow to aggressively buy back stock. Management has an EPS goal of $7 in 2014 and $8 in 2015, and is on the record as saying acquisition targets are too expensive. That leaves share repurchases. Against his long in Eastman, Mishal is short ALB, CE, DD, DOW, and FMC.
    • Municipal bond closed-end funds are getting it from both sides - fears of higher rates and credit worries. Throw tax-loss selling into the mix and many are now trading at near-10% discounts to NAV and yielding almost 7% - the taxable equivalent of over 10%. "Municipal bonds offer the best after-tax, risk-adjusted return of any asset class." He's long: NRK, VMO, VKQ, PMO, NAN.
    | Dec. 28, 2013, 8:30 AM | 16 Comments
Company Description
Invests primarily in investment grade U.S. municipal bond obligations. It seeks to provide a high level of current income exempt from federal income tax, consistent with preservation of capital. Up to 15% of its net assets may be invested in inverse floati
Sector: Financial
Industry: Closed-End Fund - Debt
Country: United States