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S&P upgrades Mason County PUD No. 3 bond rating

Standard & Poor's has upgraded the bond rating of Mason county PUD No. 3 from A- to A+.

The two-level upgrade, along with a previous improvement in bond ratings from Moody's Investor Service, is expected to save PUD 3 nearly $1 million in finance costs over the 30-year term of a bond sale this summer.

July 2010

Americans remain anxious about personal finances

Americans are keeping their optimism in check and preparing for a long and slow return to economic growth, according to a survey conducted for the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

July 2010

People on the Move

Desi Heikell has joined as a customer service representative.

Puyallup Mayor Kathy Turner has been elected president of the Association of Washington Cities. She was elected to the Puyallup City Council during 1993 and is currently in her third term as mayor. Turner is a Silver Certificate-Leadership Executive of the National League of Cities and holds an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from AWC.

July 2010

Russell launches multi-manager commodity strategies fund

Russell Investments has launched what it says is the first U.S. multi-manager mutual fund with a specific commodities mandate.

The Russell Commodity Strategies Fund brings together investment managers from both Credit Suisse Asset Management and Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

July 2010

U.S. narrows net international investment postion

The value of foreign investments in the United States continues to exceed the value of U.S. investments abroad.

The preliminary U.S. net international investment position at the end of 2009 was negative $2.7 billion, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. At the end of 2008, the deficit was $3.5 billion.

June 2010

Russell, Research Affiliates to launch Fundamental Index Series

Tacoma-based Russell Investments and Research Affiliates have agreed to launch a new index series based on Fundamental Index methodology.

The new relationship aims to produce readily investable "strategy indexes," a category of indexes intended for investors who seek a more active investment approach.

June 2010

Nearly half of money managers say market is undervalued

Forty-seven percent of professional money managers responding to the latest Russell Investments Investment Manager Outlook survey believe the market is undervalued, a substantial rise from the 28 percent in the March 2010 survey.

Only 9 percent of managers believe the markets to be overvalued. The survey also reveals that managers see opportunity in the market's current valuation levels, but are also on heightened alert for the downside of risk.

June 2010

Alternative investments making comeback

Institutional investors across the world, including pension funds, endowments, foundations and insurance providers, expect to re-commit to alternative investments despite the market stresses experienced during 2008 and 2009, according to the ninth global survey on alternative investing released today by Russell Investments.

The Russell Investments 2010 Global Survey on Alternative Investing found institutional investors expecting an increase of over a third (from 14 percent to 19 percent) in their allocation to alternatives during the next two to three years.

June 2010

Financial planners worried about clients' strategies

Financial advisers appear to be worried that a significant number of their clients are at risk of falling short of their financial goals.

According to the latest Financial Professional Outlook, a quarterly survey performed by Tacoma-based Russell Investments, 44 percent of advisers considered up to a quarter of their client base to be at "significant risk" and an additional 36 percent considered a quarter to half of their client base to be at "significant risk."

June 2010

Weyerhaeuser makes cash tender offer for notes

Weyerhaeuser Co. has begun a cash tender offer to purchase any and all of its outstanding 6.75 percent notes due March 15, 2012.

The purchase price is $1,080 per $1,000 principal amount accepted for purchase. The offer will expire at 5 p.m. EST on June 21, unless extended.

June 2010
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