Aquila Tax-Free Trust of Oregon Co-Portfolio Manager and Credit Analyst, Tim Iltz, recently shared his insights on Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) in an article published by Oregon Business, How PERS Liabilities Vary Wildly Across State. Tim’s knowledge of how PERS funding liabilities affect Oregon’s state and local governments illustrates the value of a local management presence, and the ongoing credit analysis provided by Aquila Group of Funds.
Although the PERS system is underfunded, many Oregon local governments have managed to develop budgeting practices and financial management policies specifically addressing this concern. The local management team of Aquila Tax-Free Trust of Oregon consistently monitors all credits in the portfolio.
When researching municipal bond issuers and PERS employers with significant unfunded pension liabilities, credit analysis and due diligence can put pension liabilities into context to determine the potential extent to which PERS funding may be impaired; a situation which varies from employer to employer. Pension concerns and the complexities and nuances of PERS funding heighten the importance of local credit analysis and selective portfolio management.
Following the recent 25th annual shareholder meeting of Aquila Narragansett Tax-Free Income Fund, Diana Herrmann, President of the Fund and CEO of Aquila Investment Management LLC, was interviewed by Providence Business News. During the interview, Ms. Herrmann discussed the important role the Fund has played in supporting economic and infrastructure development in Rhode Island, and in providing Rhode Island residents with income exempt from both state and federal income tax.
Ms. Herrmann pointed out that “Aquila Narragansett Tax-Free Income Fund has financed major Rhode Island projects such as the enhancement of T.F. Green Airport and the construction of the Rhode Island Convention Center, Women & Infants Hospital, the University of Rhode Island’s Ryan Center and Bradford Boss Ice Arena, as well as local projects involving Rhode Island’s other colleges and universities (such as Brown University, Bryant University, Johnson & Wales University, New England Institute of Technology and Providence College) and clean water projects throughout the state”.
You’ll find the full interview on the Providence Business News site.
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Barron’s profiled the co-portfolio manager of Aquila Three Peaks Opportunity Growth Fund and Aquila Three Peaks High Income Fund, Sandy Rufenacht, in its November 16, 2015 issue in an article by Reshma Kapadia titled “Two for the Money.”
The distinctive research and investment approach implemented in managing both funds is described as originating with intensive debt analysis while gathering detailed information about a company, often from unconventional sources. Other elements of the research and strategy include developing an understanding of free cash flow and debt covenants.
Spend some time reading the Barron’s article to gain a perspective on the strategies of the two funds, and see the Investment Process Summary for both funds.
For the most recent quarter-end performance, see the Aquila Three Peaks High Income Fund Fact Sheet and the Aquila Three Peaks Opportunity Growth Fund Fact Sheet.
Before investing in one of the Aquila Group of Funds, carefully read about and consider the investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other information found in the Fund prospectus. The prospectus is available on this site, from your financial advisor, or by calling 800-437-1020.
In Bloomberg’s October 19, 2015 article regarding bonds issued by the Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority to help construct a stadium for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals, Todd Curtis, portfolio manager of Aquila Tax-Free Trust of Arizona commented on the on-going legal battles involving the issuance. Mr. Curtis indicated that Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority could probably continue to make bond payments, and may eventually require support from the state of Arizona. The fund does not hold the bonds.
Bloomberg.com quotes Todd Curtis as portfolio manager of the Aquila Tax-Free Trust of Arizona in the 10/24/14 article “Mesa Prompts Bond Backlash as Debt Doubles Over 7 Years.”
“The city has a reasonable amount of debt considering its developing suburban fringes and aging downtown neighborhoods, said Todd Curtis, who manages the $274 million Aquila Tax-Free Trust of Arizona from Phoenix.”