Entries by Matt Bernardi

Our Three Pillars and the Latest Census Report

By Matthew P. Bernardi Our descriptive Three Pillars is an over generalization of our approach to municipal credit analysis. When we look under the hood of each bond, numerous variables come into play, including: State statutes, taxing capacities and limits, the real or perceived unsecured status of the lien, political trends, and many others. This […]

An Investor’s Duck Test

By Matthew P. Bernardi “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” This straightforward method of reasoning can often help one gain a better understanding of the intricate – yet ubiquitous – financial products of today. When applying the reasoning above, in […]