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July 27, 2020

Global: Risk off sentiment on renewed geopolitical tensions and escalating virus cases

Equities sold off on heightened tensions between US and China and concerns of a stalled US economic recovery as virus cases surge in parts of the country. The slow pace of the recovery was underscored by initial jobless claims being both higher than expected at 1.41 mil. and also rising for the first time since March. US-China relations came under acute stress after the US State Dept forced China to shut its Houston consulate based on spying charges, and China responded with a shutdown of the US consulate in Chengdu. The US also banned 11 Chinese companies from US trade and backed out of an extradition treaty with Hong Kong.

Municipals: Market remains firm on strong technical factors

Recap: Tax-exempts rallied in sympathy with Treasuries but largely underperformed as the supply-demand imbalance and torrid pace of fund inflows on safe haven status continues to support prices. Investors are clearly enamored with Munis as an alternative safe haven to Treasuries and gold, banking on increased aid to state and local governments in the 5th round of Federal stimulus. Muni funds collected +$2.1 bil. on the week, the 11th consecutive week of fund inflows totaling over +$15.7 bil. since the second week of May; last week’s inflow also pushed the YTD total to positive territory at +$840 mil. 

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Quarterly Review


Dear Clients,

Please find attached Ramirez & Co.’s Quarterly Macroeconomic Outlook. In our report, we continue to monitor the US economy, global events and the Fed’s outlook on the economy and rates:

  • The US economy enters its 11th year of expansion, and will likely grow at a pace moderately above potential (1.75%-2%).  The labor market stays robust as unemployment falls to 50-year lows
  • Business investment remains downbeat, restrained by weak growth abroad and trade conflicts.  However, a “Phase 1” agreement between the US and China is at hand, and consumer spending is robust.
  • The 10Y Treasury yield approaches historical lows, and Moody’s Baa Index yield slides to levels not seen for over 60 years.
  • US equity markets reach new highs.  Money markets are rattled, prompting the Fed to intervene through repo operations.  The Fed’s balance sheet expands in the last quarter by $400bn.

Members of our Financial Strategies Group, Niso Abuaf, Konstantin Semyonov and Duncan Sinclair, would be happy to discuss further any of the material with you.

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To all clients:

Samuel A. Ramirez & Company, Inc. (Ramirez & Company) continues to monitor all federal, state, and local COVID-19 guidance. Currently all employees are working remotely. The firm is operating business as usual, providing all products, services and capabilities for our clients across the globe. We will continue to provide updates to you, as needed, in the coming days and weeks.

For more information, please refer to the Ramirez & Co. Business Continuity Client Disclosure: If you have any questions, please contact your Sales or Relationship Manager or email

Ramirez & Company, Inc. Management

At Ramirez we firmly stand united in the fight against racial injustices and the marginalization of minority communities. As a minority owned firm we are committed to ensuring that future generations do not have to face these obstacles and we believe that we all need to work together to make America a more just and fair country. Ramirez understands that Black Lives Matter and that more progress needs to be made to change the fundamental problems of racial and class inequalities in housing, education, healthcare and our justice system. This is a critical moment in time and it is imperative we collectively take the steps to make change and move the needle.

CEO Letter to Employees Addressing this Crisis

Diversity Statement

Ramirez Charity and Community Involvement Statement

June 8, 2020

Dear Ramirez Employees:

I want to let you know that I - and all of Ramirez leadership - stand with the Black Community. We are sickened by what happened to George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and the other recent victims of horrible racial violence the past few years and for many years before these events. We abhor the systemic racism and social injustices in America that Black and Brown people are subjected to. We stand with the peaceful protestors and agree that we all need to work together to make America a more just and fair country. As a first generation American Puerto Rican, I understand the issues minorities today are facing. I have been fortunate to be a successful entrepreneur, but while growing our firm I have had to confront many cases of discrimination and inequality in the American business world. Fifty years ago I remember being told not to name the firm Ramirez, because "no-one would do business with a Hispanic firm." I understand the progress that has been made, but much more progress needs to be made to change the fundamental problems of racial and class inequities in housing, education, healthcare and our justice system. This is a critical moment in time and it is imperative we collectively take the steps to make change and move the needle. There is no tolerance at Ramirez for racial discrimination of any type and, at a minimum, it is our responsibility and obligation to increase our outreach to the minority community in our charitable giving, internships, hiring, and professional development programs. To that end we will:

We will work together as a company on ideas for how to be most effective in making change. Thank you to all of you who make Ramirez a success and we welcome and appreciate your ideas.
More to come.
Sam Ramirez
Founder & CEO - Samuel A. Ramirez & Co., Inc.

Diversity Statement:

As one of the oldest and largest Hispanic institutions on Wall Street, we are proud of our origins and strive to lead the way in benefiting those most in need. Being 92% minority owned & 100% employee owned, we take pride that 100% of our regional offices are being led by a minority or military veteran. When focusing on the senior leadership roles at Ramirez & Co and Ramirez Asset Management there is an impressive 60% minority representation. We believe that this diverse workforce is a key ingredient to our success and thus over the last ten year periods 40+% of all new hires have been minorities. We have a robust internal program that provides junior minority employees mentorship opportunities with senior leaders that help them navigate the industry and advance within the firm. This pipeline of talent starts with our intern program where over the last ten years 65% of all interns have been minorities with the current class being representative of that. Overall 40+% of the total Ramirez family is composed of minorities.

We are committed to continuing to be industry leaders in the inclusion of minorities in the financial industry and firmly believe that this is a key part of our future success.

Charitable Giving Statement:

Now more than ever is the time to concentrate on giving to causes that have the potential to improve our country and create the most value for future generations. Over the last five years Ramirez has focused our giving to organizations whose missions include the education of minority populations, community support, healthcare and mentorship programs. A total of over 100 charities with 18+ unique causes were supported with almost $850k+ in total donations made. Ramirez is committed to increasing our support of organizations that are focused on racial and class inequities in housing, education, healthcare and our justice system.