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Smith's Research & Gradings Smith’s Research & Gradings is a financial credit grading company formed in 1992.Smith's conducts research; creates unique credit reports using its own grading system; hosts industry leading conferences and publishes a 4-color magazine 2x monthly.

Natalie Cohen, recently retired from Wells Fargo Securities received Smith's 2018 All-Star Lifetime Achievement Award.
12/18/2018

Natalie Cohen, recently retired from Wells Fargo Securities received Smith's 2018 All-Star Lifetime Achievement Award.

Smith's 2018 All-Star Deal of the Year was awarded to the New York Transportation Development Corporation for the Delta ...
12/18/2018

Smith's 2018 All-Star Deal of the Year was awarded to the New York Transportation Development Corporation for the Delta Air Lines -- LaGuardia Airport Terminals C&D Redevelopment Project.

In voting conducted by institutional investors, Nuveen was the No. 1 Team in Smith's 2018 All-Star Program. The awards w...
12/18/2018

In voting conducted by institutional investors, Nuveen was the No. 1 Team in Smith's 2018 All-Star Program. The awards were presented at the All-Star Luncheon on December 5 at India House in New York City.

Smith's Affordable Housing Finance Conference returned to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this year. It was another great year...
04/12/2018
Affordable Housing Bonds Are Good Investments (If You Can Find Them)

Smith's Affordable Housing Finance Conference returned to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this year. It was another great year for housing bond investors, as the S&P Muni Bond Housing Index illustrated by posting a 250.85% Ever To Date Total Return and 2.95% Annual Total Return. More than double your money AND no worries about credit problems given the very strong average credit quality. [ 488 more words ]

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Smith’s Affordable Housing Finance Conference returned to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this year. It was another great year for housing bond investors, as the S&P Muni Bond Housing Index ill…

08/30/2017

Smith's GPS Platforms continue to provide portfolio clients with real-time flood intel for their bonds.

08/25/2017

Montgomery County, Ohio, under review for Opioid Event Risk

08/25/2017

Smith's Wind Storm Alert: Hurricane Harvey Threatens Texas Coastal Credits

08/14/2017

SRG Affirms Political Event Risk Alert: Guam (-1). N.Korea Nuclear Threat Is Real.

08/02/2017

MSRB Names Lucy Hooper, EPV at Davenport & Company, new Chair. Arthur Miller, MD at Goldman Sachs, remains Vice Chair.

08/02/2017

MSRB Names Lucy Hooper, EPV at Davenport & Company, new Chair. Arthur Miller, MD at g

08/01/2017

Richard Larkin, All-Star Analyst, Dead at 66 years of Age.

08/01/2017

• Sarah Dash, President and CEO, Alliance for Health Policy will be speaking at S&P Healthcare Conference on Oct. 4. in NYC.

07/18/2017

Lloyd's says Cyber Attack losses could be on par with Hurricane Sandy

07/18/2017

Calvert County Maryland is expected to be rated Triple-A by the rating agencies. SRG recently completed a site visit to Southern Maryland. Be sure to ask for Smith's Grading.

07/14/2017

John Hallacy from The Bond Buyer has returned from a European Vacation. Amsterdam was nice. Holland American Cruise to Oslo via Fjords provided much needed respite.

Celebrating Bastille Day.  The U.S. Armed Forces Leads the Parade in Paris.
07/14/2017

Celebrating Bastille Day. The U.S. Armed Forces Leads the Parade in Paris.

05/12/2017

Unemployment rates lower in March 2017 than a year earlier in 336 metro areas https://go.usa.gov/xNc8c #BLSdata

05/12/2017

Amtrash has long hot summer scheduled for New Yorkers. 25% reduction in service slated.

05/12/2017

Smith's Cyber Security Gradings Alert for Hospitals in England.

05/12/2017

Puerto Rico's Senate and House of Representatives must write the fiscal budget. Sorry PROMESA Board and Bankruptcy Judge.

05/12/2017

Smith's Political Risk Gradings fearlessly predicts President Trump will replace all (most) Obama appointees.

05/11/2017

In 2005, Smith's hosted the first ever Municipal Pensions and OPEB Conference in Chicago. Terence Smith was the chair of The Conference Steering Committee: Douglas Benton, Moody's; Robert Reardon, State Farm; James Spiotto, Chapman & Cutler. Jorge Irizarry, President of Puerto Rico Government Development Bank (GDB) spoke about the island's pension problems.

05/11/2017

Fannie Mae hosted a State HFA workshop in DC on Tuesday and Wednesday. Checkout SRG's next edition to learn more about it.

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05/03/2017

Smith's Research & Gradings's cover photo

Summary:  April has turned out to be an active month on the geopolitical front and in markets.  The last week of the mon...
04/24/2017
French Elections and Les Autres Stuff

Summary: April has turned out to be an active month on the geopolitical front and in markets. The last week of the month is not going to be an exception as France, the United States, Italy, North Korea and Venezuela are all likely to remain in the headlines. The net impact is that while the news out of France was good for markets and the global economy, there are significant risks with other developments which dampen investor expectations. [ 1,812 more word ]

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Summary:  April has turned out to be an active month on the geopolitical front and in markets.  The last week of the month is not going to be an exception as France, the United States, Italy, North…

Smith's Political Event Risk Grading Alert was issued the first week of February for U.S. Sanctuary Cities (-1). Smith's...
02/14/2017
Smith’s Political Event Risk Grading Alert: U.S. Sanctuary Cities (-1)

Smith's Political Event Risk Grading Alert was issued the first week of February for U.S. Sanctuary Cities (-1). Smith's Research & Gradings (SRG) publishes its SRG Political Event Risk Grading whenever Smith's Sentinel System triggers a predetermined response. SRG was founded in 1992 to provide principles-based, independent, conflict-free (Paid By Investor/Stakeholder) analysis. One of the principles is to provide credit analytics that are "Universal" so investors can compare risks across all classes of investments. [ 552 more words ]

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Smith’s Political Event Risk Grading Alert was issued the first week of February for U.S. Sanctuary Cities (-1). Smith’s Research & Gradings (SRG) publishes its SRG Political Event …

Smith's Research & Gradings conference on State and Local Public Finance with a focus on Critical Infrastructure will ha...
02/07/2017
State&Local

Smith's Research & Gradings conference on State and Local Public Finance with a focus on Critical Infrastructure will have Speaker to the House of Representatives for Puerto Rico Johnny Mendez as our guest speaker during the luncheon! And GET THIS - House Minority Leader Rafael Hernandez will be speaking on day two! Both sides of the Puerto Rico people will be represented, which any Puerto Rico bond holder will not want to miss out on.

The conference will be hosted March 2nd and 3rd in Washington D.C. at the Grand Hyatt.

Please contact me at [email protected] or (571) 266-8136 for additional information.

http://smithsresearch.net/GOConference.htm

State and local governments need to do more to fund pensions, maintain infrastructure, balance budgets and maintain public safety. Smith's will look at the challenges and explore new financials strategies to use tax-free municipal bonds, federal procurement practices along with P3 and outright sale…

On Sunday, December 4th, Italian voters went to the polls and strongly rejected the proposed constitutional reforms adva...
12/05/2016
Italy – Beyond The ECB’s Fairy Dust

On Sunday, December 4th, Italian voters went to the polls and strongly rejected the proposed constitutional reforms advanced by the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi by a margin of 59.41% to 40.59%. In the aftermath of the defeat Renzi resigned, potentially setting the stage for a new crisis in Europe. The problem is that Italy's banks are weak and need capital infusions (which they are supposed to get from either bail-ins from equity and bondholders or capital markets). [ 1,055 more word ]

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On Sunday, December 4th, Italian voters went to the polls and strongly rejected the proposed constitutional reforms advanced by the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi by a margin of 59.41% t…

Asian markets are tumbling. The U.S. presidential election of 2016 was decidedly one for the history books.  Although 20...
11/09/2016
The Election of 2016 and Its Implications

Asian markets are tumbling. The U.S. presidential election of 2016 was decidedly one for the history books. Although 2016 is certainly not 1860, which led to the U.S. Civil War, it was a dirty, brutal and personalized campaign that tapped into the angst of a voting public angry with widening socio-economic disparities, sub-par economic growth and a dysfunctional Washington. Why did Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, win? [ 650 more words ]

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Asian markets are tumbling. The U.S. presidential election of 2016 was decidedly one for the history books.  Although 2016 is certainly not 1860, which led to the U.S. Civil War, it was a dirty, br…

The Global Economic Doctor- Click link to read the full edition. Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Do...
08/02/2016
The Global Economic Doctor

The Global Economic Doctor- Click link to read the full edition. Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Doctor. This week, Dr. Scott B. MacDonald writes: Lead Us Not into Temptation “Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we’ll find it.” — Sam Levenson, American humorist Summary: High risk assets have been in demand. [ 401 more words. ]

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    The Global Economic Doctor- Click link to read the full edition.     Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Doctor.  This week, Dr. Scott B. MacDonald writes: …

The Global Economic Doctor- Click link to read the full edition. Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Do...
07/12/2016
The Global Economic Doctor

The Global Economic Doctor- Click link to read the full edition. Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Doctor. This week, Dr. Scott B. MacDonald writes: Life During Wartime This ain't no party, this ain't no disco, This ain't no fooling around No time for dancing, or lovey dovey, I ain't got time for that now — Talking Heads, Life During Wartime. [ 386 more words. ]

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    The Global Economic Doctor- Click link to read the full edition.     Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Doctor.  This week, Dr. Scott B. MacDonald writes: …

Smith's Critical Infrastructure Assessment of the US Public Power Supply and Transmission System has gone on high alert ...
07/11/2016
Cal Green Stumble

Smith's Critical Infrastructure Assessment of the US Public Power Supply and Transmission System has gone on high alert for potential catastrophic failure due to a collapse in baseload generation. Smith's has hosted webinars and participated in global energy conferences in the US and around world as a subject matter expert during the past six months. Recently, California's public power utility officials are warning that Los Angeles could face two weeks of "brown outs" this summer due to critical shortages in the natural gas supply. [ 709 more words. ]

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Smith’s Critical Infrastructure Assessment of the US Public Power Supply and Transmission System has gone on high alert for potential catastrophic failure due to a collapse in baseload genera…

The Global Economic Doctor- Click link to read the full edition. Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Do...
06/13/2016
The Global Economic Doctor

The Global Economic Doctor- Click link to read the full edition. Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Doctor. This week, Dr. Scott B. MacDonald writes: Waiting on the Wall of Worry History is a race between education and catastrophe. — H.G. Wells Summary: The global economic recovery has been fragile and growth-anemic compared to past cycles. In early June, the World Bank released its Global Economic Prospects, which commences with the following: "Growth prospects have weakened throughout the world economy." Indeed, the World Bank has taken global economic growth down to 2.4% from the 2.9% it had forecast in January. [ 278 more words. ]

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    The Global Economic Doctor- Click link to read the full edition.     Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Doctor.  This week, Dr. Scott B. MacDonald writes: …

The Week Ahead June 6, 2016 Summary: Will the Fed raise rates in June or July?  Will the US central bank wait until Dece...
06/06/2016
The Global Economic Doctor

The Week Ahead June 6, 2016 Summary: Will the Fed raise rates in June or July? Will the US central bank wait until December? Our view has been and continues to be December. The reasoning behind that is straightforward – a potentially volatile mix of political risk factors and mixed US economic data. The former pertains to Brexit, Spanish elections and US elections, to name but a few. [ 1232 more words. ]

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The Week Ahead June 6, 2016 Summary: Will the Fed raise rates in June or July?  Will the US central bank wait until December?  Our view has been and continues to be December.  The reasoning behind …

The Global Economic Doctor - Click link for a quick checkup. Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Doctor...
05/31/2016
The Global Economic Doctor

The Global Economic Doctor - Click link for a quick checkup. Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Doctor. This week, Dr. Scott B. MacDonald writes: Goodbye May, Hello June! Step with care and great tack, and remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act! — Dr. Seuss Summary: As May winds down, June looms. It has great potential to be one those memorable months for investors, corporate chiefs and economic policymakers. [ 299 more words. ]

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    The Global Economic Doctor – Click link for a quick checkup.     Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Doctor.  This week, Dr. Scott B. MacDonald writes…

The Global Economic Doctor - Click link for a quick checkup. Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Doctor...
05/20/2016
The Global Economic Doctor

The Global Economic Doctor - Click link for a quick checkup. Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Doctor. This week, Dr. Scott B. MacDonald writes: The Witches Gather Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and caldron bubble. — From Shakespeare's Macbeth Summary: Three narratives are likely to dominate global markets in the next several months: mixed economic signals are likely to maintain an elevated level of uncertainty about U.S. [ 294 more words. ]

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    The Global Economic Doctor – Click link for a quick checkup.     Welcome to the latest edition of The Global Economic Doctor.  This week, Dr. Scott B. MacDonald writes…

The Quick and Dirty May 9, 2016 Summary: Another busy week ahead with plenty of headline risk - China, Greece and oil st...
05/09/2016
The Global Economic Doctor

The Quick and Dirty May 9, 2016 Summary: Another busy week ahead with plenty of headline risk - China, Greece and oil stealing the front pages. Add in Donald Trump's comments last week on US debt (there is too much and it should be reduced possibly via negotiations with creditors), Puerto Rico's debt epic, Greece's ups and downs with its creditors (including this past weekend's vote to pass new austerity measures), China's economic data, and earnings and we have the potential for greater volatility in markets in the short term. [ 1007 more words. ]

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The Quick and Dirty May 9, 2016 Summary: Another busy week ahead with plenty of headline risk – China, Greece and oil stealing the front pages.  Add in Donald Trump’s comments last week…

Quick Market View: Markets Searching for Direction – Caution Is the Word of the Day May 6, 2016 Summary:  Global equit...
05/06/2016
The Global Economic Doctor

Quick Market View: Markets Searching for Direction – Caution Is the Word of the Day May 6, 2016 Summary: Global equity and debt markets continue to seek a clear direction, but economic data and earnings are sending contradictory signals. This leaves a situation in which investors want to assume risk and push markets up, but they have one eye to the door in case bad news disrupts shallow confidence and starts a nervous stampede. [ 1263 more words. ]

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Quick Market View: Markets Searching for Direction – Caution Is the Word of the Day May 6, 2016 Summary:  Global equity and debt markets continue to seek a clear direction, but economic data and ea…

The Global Economic Doctor                                       - Click link for a quick checkup. We are proud to be ab...
05/02/2016
The Global Economic Doctor

The Global Economic Doctor - Click link for a quick checkup. We are proud to be able to offer the thoughts and written works of Scott MacDonald, Ph.D. as the Chief Economist at Smith’s Research & Gradings. Dr. MacDonald has U.S. government, investment bank, and asset management experience as well as keeping a finger in the academic world. He’s refreshingly honest, while being intelligently sophisticated – we cannot promise that you will always agree with his opinions, but we are confident that you will find it is time well spent. [ 165 more words. ]

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    The Global Economic Doctor                                       – Click link for a quick checkup.   We are proud to be able to offer the thoughts and written works of Scot…

Quick Market View: April 26, 2016 This is a busy week on the economic front. The FOMC gets underway today and concludes ...
04/26/2016
Global Economic Doctor

Quick Market View: April 26, 2016 This is a busy week on the economic front. The FOMC gets underway today and concludes with its Rate Decision on Wednesday, followed by post-meeting Press Conference, which will be closely watched with an eye to any cryptic wording that hints about when rates go up again. This is followed by the BoJ policy meeting release on Thursday as well as well as the Commerce Department releases its first estimate of Q1 2016 GDP. [ 543 more words. ]

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Quick Market View: April 26, 2016 This is a busy week on the economic front. The FOMC gets underway today and concludes with its Rate Decision on Wednesday, followed by post-meeting Press Conferenc…

Sponsored by: Hunton & Williams LLP, Smith's Research & Gradings, Moody's Investors Service, Wells Fargo Securities Mond...
03/30/2016
You’re Invited: Utility Sector Carbon Regulation and Innovation Webinar

Sponsored by: Hunton & Williams LLP, Smith's Research & Gradings, Moody's Investors Service, Wells Fargo Securities Monday, April 4, 2016 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Register Now The future of electric generation is being shaped by carbon dioxide regulation, which is currently in an uncertain posture. On the heels of the historic Paris agreement, the Clean Power Plan – centerpiece of US carbon reduction policy – has been stayed by the Supreme Court. [ 142 more words. ]

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Sponsored by: Hunton & Williams LLP, Smith’s Research & Gradings, Moody’s Investors Service, Wells Fargo Securities Monday, April 4, 2016 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Register Now T…

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