BlackRock Deploys Kalotay After-Tax Muni Valuation Methodology
Kalotay and BlackRock Announcement
Kalotay Analytics is excited to announce that BlackRock has licensed our patent-pending after-tax methodology for municipal bond valuation and risk management. Our “tax-aware” valuation provides the foundation for accurately calculating OAS and effective duration under any interest rate scenario. With its enterprise-wide implementation, BlackRock mutual fund, ETF, and Aladdin risk customers will benefit from the most accurate and useful information for evaluating the risk/reward potential of their municipal bond holdings.
BlackRock's Perspective on "Tax-aware" Effective Duration
"We believe the addition of the after-tax functionality differentiates BlackRock in the industry and provides investors with an enhanced understanding of interest rate risk in municipal bond portfolios.
... the new enhanced methodology better reflects how municipal securities trade in the financial markets and, as such, can provide portfolio managers with greater insight when employing strategies such as hedging of municipal securities."
Andrew Kalotay on the Need for Tax-Efficient Muni Evaluation
"The reality is that standard platforms grossly underestimate the effect of rising rates.
During recent years of historically low interest rates, with most municipal bonds trading at a premium, investors have paid little attention to the adverse effect of taxes on the prices of discount bonds. As a result, investors have neither seriously challenged, nor required currently used platforms to provide correct interest rate risk measures for bonds trading near or below par.
Although interest is tax-exempt, the gain resulting from purchasing a muni at a deep discount - below the so-called de minimis threshold - is subject to severe tax treatment. It is taxed as ordinary income at maturity at a rate of about 40% for the typical investor.”
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