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Chart Of The Week

Manufacturing Strength The ISM (Institute of Supply Management) New Orders Index, which measures US manufacturing, jumped in December.  The index strengthened to 69.4 from 64.0, significantly better than expected. This is a positive sign for the economy. The U.S. manufacturing sector employs 12.5 million people and generates output of $2.2 trillion a year. That makes […]

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Chart Of The Week

Source: Bloomberg (AAA Muni/Treasury ratios, 2017 YTD) In mid-November, federal tax reform efforts threatened to curtail certain types of municipal bonds, which has incentivized affected issuers to rush to market with new bonds before year-end. This unexpected surge in supply initially led to an across-the-curve muni selloff as muni/Treasury ratios sharply rose (increasing ratios indicate […]

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How Much are Business Conditions Really Improving?

As active portfolio managers, we’re constantly monitoring the latest economic trends and how they affect our investment outlook. Changes in the trajectories of inflation, consumer confidence, employment, and other factors often impact entire sectors and asset classes. Today, the public has access to more detailed and frequent economic data than ever before. However, while often […]

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about the authors

Brendan Jones  

began his career in the financial services industry in 1997 with AIG International. He has been associated with David D’Amico and Steven Feit since 1998, and joined Richard Saperstein at CIBC Oppenheimer in 2002.

Mr. Jones is Treasury Partners’ Senior Portfolio Manager and a member of the Portfolio Management Group. He implements and maintains our fixed income investment portfolios, and invests considerable time communicating with “the Street” and assessing developments within both the bond market and broader financial markets.

Salvatore Martone  

began his career in the financial services industry in 2002 with General Electric Asset Management, and was a fixed income corporate research analyst prior to joining Treasury Partners in 2009.

He is a member of our Portfolio Management Group. His responsibilities include performing top-down, macro due diligence and developing investment strategies across fixed income, equity, and ETF markets.

Daniel Beniak  

joined Treasury Partners in May 2015 as a municipal analyst with our Portfolio Management Group. He previously was a senior analyst with Public Financial Management, a financial advisor to state and local governments and other public sector institutions.

He analyzes municipal issuers' outstanding debt, and performs related quantitative analytics with the objective of identifying high quality credits with competitive pricing and yields.

Daniel Saad  

began his career in 2008 with J.P. Morgan and joined Treasury Partners in 2009. He is a member of our Portfolio Management Group with primary responsibilities in the areas of portfolio analytics, research and reporting, investment due diligence, and third party manager analysis.

Mr. Saad conducts ongoing evaluations of the equity and fixed income portfolios strategies we manage internally, and monitors the investment managers we engage to run selected equity, fixed income, and alternative strategies.