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    Muni 2Q'14 Investment Themes - Wednesday, 04/02/2014

    Watch my latest video focusing on:

    • 2Q Outlook
    • Federal Reserve Policy
    • 2014 Performance
    • Rally in High Yield


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    Mazzilli's Municipal Musings – Part 1 - Wednesday, 03/26/2014

    MUNI NATION invited Paul Mazzilli, a leading ETF and closed-end fund analyst, to provide a three-part commentary on the state of the municipal closed-end fund market.

    I continue to be attracted to municipal bond closed-end funds (CEFs) given their compelling, tax-exempt yields and I believe that the Market Vectors CEF Municipal Income ETF (XMPT) is an efficient way to get diversified access to this market1. XMPT tracks the S-Network Municipal Bond Closed-End Fund Index (CEFMX) and, for those in the highest tax bracket, it is currently among the highest yielding ETFs that provide exposure to the municipal bond CEF market.

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    Waiting To Exhale - Friday, 03/21/2014

    The week of March 10, 2014 will not, in my opinion, soon be forgotten by investors and market participants — as much as for what did not happen (calamity) and for what did (successful municipal bond underwritings). Once again, last week demonstrated the apparent resilience of the municipal marketplace. And, in my view, it reaffirms the ability of this market to generally deliver capital where and when it is needed.

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