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About Saber Partners, LLC

Saber Partners, LLC is a full-service financial advisory firm for corporate and public sector entities which specializes in the power industry and corporate and municipal finance issues.

Our senior management and advisors have decades of experience crafting creative solutions for clients. We pride ourselves on our independence and reputation for innovation, integrity and excellence.

From advising the SEC on the auction securities market, to uncovering the disparity in lending practices for municipal versus investor-owned utilities, to developing innovative low-cost financing for utility infrastructure and environmental projects through securitization, Saber Partners is at the forefront for increased transparency, efficiency and fairness in the market.

Saber Partners provides confidential, independent, senior level analysis, advice and execution for Chief Executive Officers, Regulators, Elected Officials, Chief Financial Officers, Treasurers and others.

These services include:
  • Advice on capital market proposals, financing structures and offering strategies
  • Negotiation of terms and conditions with underwriters, lenders and institutional investors
  • Analysis of the actions of a competitor, regulated entity or an industry segment

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In-Depth Information

Auction Rate Securities ("ARS")
Problems and Solutions

Utility Securitization, ROC/RRB Bonds

1. Joseph Fichera on the Debt Ceiling Deadline
ABC News
October 17, 2013
2. Joseph Fichera Says Buyer Market Needs To Return
Hard Assets
January 3, 2013
3. Media and Public Policy Lecture Series : CEO of Corporation For Public Broadcasting, Patricia de Stacy Harrison and Joseph Fichera, CEO Saber Partners
April 11, 2012
4. The Peril of Financial Dark Arts: How the West Got Lost Emulating Secretive Swiss Universal Banking With Editor-In-Chief Of Bloomberg News, Matt Winkler and Joseph Fichera, CEO Saber Partners
April 3, 2012
5. The Peril of Financial Dark Arts: Q&A with Matt Winkler and Joseph Fichera, CEO Saber Partners
April 3, 2012
6. Gretchen Morgensen, The New York Times and Joseph Fichera, CEO Saber Partners Lead Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School Lecture : "Three Years After The Meltdown Where Do We Stand"
December 15, 2011
7. Auction Rate Securities Market Summary & News Clips of Joseph Fichera
Bloomberg News
March 26, 2011
8. Saber's Fichera Explains Nassau County New York Takeover by New York State Control Board
January 27, 2011
9. Pension Reform a Red, White and Blue Issue
Fox Business
October 18, 2010
10. The Red Flags in Municipal Bonds
Fox Business
July 16, 2010
11. Public Pension Crisis in the States: Laws Must be Upheld and a Comprehensive Solution Needed says Saber's Fichera
Fox Business
June 28, 2010
12. Board Independence & the CEO
June 15, 2010
13. Cities & Debt Briefing 2010
March 10, 2010
14. Pension Funds at Risk?
Fox Business
March 10, 2010
15. Joseph Fichera: Sustainable Growth Still A Challenge
Hard Assets
March 3, 2010
16. Joseph Fichera: In A Precarious Moment
Hard Assets
February 25, 2010
17. Fichera Proposes Independent Staff for Corporate Boards
November 13, 2009
18. On the Economy: Hard Assets Interview Part 2
Hard Assets
July 15, 2009
19. On the Economy: Hard Assets Interview Part 1
Hard Assets
July 7, 2009
20. Fichera Discusses Corporate and Municipal Lending Markets
June 1, 2009
21. Looming Threats in the Public Finance - Opening Remarks
Princeton University
November 7, 2008
22. Looming Threats in Public Finance -COMPLETE SEMINAR
Princeton University
November 7, 2008
23. Fichera Sees More Settlements After Citigroup
August 7, 2008
24. How Auctions Work (Audio Only)
Bloomberg Radio
May 30, 2008
25. Fichera of Saber Says Tax System Needs Restructuring
May 8, 2008
26. Fichera of Saber Says Tax System Needs Restructuring (Selected Clips)
May 8, 2008
27. Investor Call on Auction Failures (Audio Only)
March 1, 2008
28. Fichera Says Municipals Need More Transparency
February 15, 2008
29. Fichera Says Transparency thru TRACE Needed
December 7, 2007
30. Pricing Transparency in MBS/ABS Discussion
November 4, 2007
31. Hurricane Recovery Bonds to Aid Florida
October 21, 2005
32. Credit Risk and Utility (ROC) Bonds
Bear Stearns
March 30, 2004
33. Fichera Comment on Energy Bill
November 13, 2003
34. EnergyNewsLive
August 14, 2002
35. EnergyNewsLive
April 30, 2002
36. EnergyNewsLive
February 27, 2002
37. EnergyNewsLive
February 6, 2002
38. EnergyNewsLive
January 14, 2002
39. Texas, California Energy Analysis
December 19, 2001
40. Saber Partners' Joseph Fichera at World Trade Center
September 11, 2001
Recent Developments

Observations, Comments & Discussion

Duke's Utility Fee Securitization Sets Important Precedent
Asset Securitization Report, June 21, 2016
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Nuclear Asset-Recovery Bonds Issued for Duke Energy Florida LLC
Florida Public Service Commission, June 16, 2016
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Utility Securitization Bills Advance in Florida
The Bond Buyer, March 2, 2016
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Funding Sought for Nuclear-Plant Shutdowns
Asset-Backed Alert, September 25, 2015
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Mr. Fichera's New York Times Op-Ed Proposal Cited in U.S. Presidential Campaign
Bloomberg News, July 10, 2015
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Mr. Fichera's New York Times Op-Ed Proposal Cited in ValueWalk
ValueWalk, May 22, 2015
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Risky CPS Debt Raises Questions about SEC Protections for Governments
Chicago Tribune, December 26, 2014
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Good Medicine for Bad Bankers
"...Let me add two more items... Both ideas originate with Joseph Fichera..."
The Wall Street Journal, December 23, 2014
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Wall Street could use a lesson from the DMV Washington Post columnist, Richard Cohen, discusses Joseph Fichera's New York Times Op-Ed as a "stunning example of common sense"
Washington Post, December 2, 2014
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Best Business Columns Chosen by The Week Magazine - Joseph S. Fichera's "The SEC should Copy the DMV"
The Week Magazine, November 21, 2014
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Banks Kept CPS in Shaky Bond Market
Chicago Tribune, November 10, 2014
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"The S.E.C. Should Copy the D.M.V." by Joseph S. Fichera
The New York Times, November 07, 2014
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Saber Partners, LLC's Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Fichera, Hospitalized
Businesswire, September 10, 2014
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Window Closing to Challenge Wall Street Over Swaps: Muni Credit
Bloomberg News, July 24, 2014
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Investors Pay More for Munis than Dealers, MSRB Report Shows
The Bond Buyer, July 15, 2014
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Alabama Utility Shows How to Win Back Bank Swap Fee: Muni Credit
Bloomberg News, June 09, 2014
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Bloomberg View Reader Comments and Discussion with author Joseph S. Fichera's concerning "Were Detroit's Swaps Unfair?"
Bloomberg View, January 27, 2014
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Were Detroit's Swaps Unfair?
Bloomberg View, January 27, 2014
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Appalachian Power prices USD 380.3m utility ABS; tranches in line with, tight of talk
Debtwire, November, 2013
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Price Transparency and the ABS Market
Asset Securitization Report, September, 2013
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Utilities Seek Perfect Comparables
Asset Securitization Report, September, 2013
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Wall Street Swaps Claim Detroit Cash Over Retirees: Muni Credit
August 23, 2013
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Analysis of Ohio Power Co. Structuring and Pricing of $267,408,000 Ohio Phase In Recovery Bonds
August 18, 2013
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FirstEnergy Tests Market Appetite for Utility ABS
Asset Securitization Report, June 12, 2013
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Saber Partners Sees Strong Investor Demand, Low Coupons for FirstEnergy Pass-Through Certificates
PRNewswire, May 21, 2013
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Denver Pays Wall Street $216 Million as Swaps Fail: Muni Credit
Bloomberg News, May 10, 2013
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Ex-Jefferies Arrest Shows Market Lacking Transparency: Mortgages
Bloomberg News, January 31, 2013
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Auction-Rate Costing Local Taxpayers $9.6 Billion: Muni Credit
Bloomberg News, December 13, 2012
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Clean Up: Financing the Retirement and Remediation of Coal-fired Power Plants
Structured Finance News, December, 2012
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MSRB to Change ARS Data As Urged by Advisor
The Bond Buyer, November 28, 2012
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Municipal-Bond Regulator to Change Auction Rate Securities Data
Bloomberg News, November 28, 2012
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A Modest Proposal
November 20, 2014
by Joseph Fichera

In Memoriam: Santa Natalie Fichera, 1925-2013
December 15, 2013
by Joseph Fichera

Mandela and Traveling "Great" Distances
December 6, 2013
by Joseph Fichera

In Memoriam, Sebastian Joseph Fichera, 1920-2013
August 18, 2013
by Joseph Fichera

Chief Justice John Roberts Bipartisan Challenge
July 4, 2012
by Joseph Fichera

Gabby's Recovery
January 15, 2011
by Joseph Fichera

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