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STRUCTURED PRODUCTS

BLX has placed more than 1,600 structured investment products with an aggregate notional amount in excess of $35 billion.

BLX, as an independent advisor, undertakes a competitive bid process on behalf of our clients to acquire structured product investments, including but not limited to, collateralized and uncollateralized investment agreements, forward delivery agreements, and repurchase agreements. In addition, members of BLX’s structured products group work with clients to structure and procure open market escrow portfolios. For information about on-line auctions for structured products please click to go to BLXBID™.

Tailored to Your Needs[more]

BLX assists its clients to formulate, execute, and monitor investment strategies tailored for the special considerations that arise with tax-exempt bond proceeds and similar restricted funds. Structured Products, including guaranteed investment contracts, forward delivery agreements, repurchase agreements, and similar arrangements, typically constitute an important part of our client’s investment portfolios.

Not a Trivial Matter[more]

Investment decisions should not be a casual afterthought, or treated as a trivial matter. They are second only to the decisions on how to borrow the proceeds in terms of direct impact on the economics of the financing. Careful considerations must be given to Federal tax law, in terms of compliance, as well as optimization, under the complex rules and regulations. As a result, many of the nation’s large and sophisticated tax-exempt bond issuers turn to BLX for Structured Product services. BLX has a proven track record and is highly regarded for its reliable service and reputation for integrity.

BLX is virtually unique in its ability to design and implement strategies. Along with identifying appropriate safety, liquidity, and yield characteristics of a candidate structured product, the firm has the tax regulatory expertise to build prospective arbitrage rebate models that rigorously compare alternative investments, accounting for the additional costs and benefits of options that can be incorporated into the structure of the investment.

Complex Approach but a Simple Result[more]

A Structured Product offers an elegant and concise solution that is designed to minimize administrative burden. Although there most likely will be issues to be identified and addressed, BLX works to make the process straightforward and well-documented.

Disciplined Approach[more]

Inherent in all of BLX’s investment advisory services is a disciplined approach to identifying and procuring a particular investment of bond proceeds (or portfolio thereof). Specifically, BLX can:

  • Review the mechanics of your bond issue(s), your available investment alternatives, and projected expenditure schedules
  • Construct comprehensive, prospective arbitrage rebate models
  • Prepare an investment recommendation that isolates the best investment strategy
  • Execute and properly document the chosen strategy, making sure that purchases of securities and/or investment products are in compliance with the so-called "safe harbor" requirements of the Treasury Regulations

Should I Wait Until Rates Go Up?[more]

Nobody can predict the magnitude and direction of future changes in interest rates. BLX can, however, assist you in devising and implementing an investment strategy that incorporates the risks and opportunities associated with investing in the prevailing interest rate environment, and is "stress tested" to forecast how changes in the prevailing interest rate environment may affect that strategy.

To learn more about our Structured Products, please contact:

Amy Kron, Senior Investment Officer
201 963 6663
akron@blxgroup.com

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