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BlackRock's iShares Family Expands with Short Term Fund
BlackRock, Inc. is expanding its iShares Exchange Traded Fund business with a municipal bond fund.
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For the week ended March. 5, the weekly average yield to maturity of the Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index, which is based on 40 long-term bond prices, moved up two basis points to 4.27% from 4.25% the previous week. more »
A bill designed to ease Detroit's first appearance in the public debt market since its bankruptcy sailed through a Michigan legislative committee and could come before the Senate next week. more »
Standard & Poor's lowered its ratings on Sweet Briar College's bonds to B-minus from BBB due to a recent decision to close the central Virginia woman's college. more »
Portfolio manager Michael Pepe is buying bonds with 10-year call provisions and hospital bonds with attractive yields to cope with a flat yield curve and tight spreads as the market awaits higher interest rates. more »
Hospital credits could be hurt if the Supreme Court strikes down federal health insurance subsidies established by the Affordable Care Act, Moody's Investors Service said Tuesday. more »
Strong overall demand for municipals and opportunities for relatively attractive yields in the new-issue market should propel interest in next week's primary market sized at nearly $9 billion. more »
Standard & Poor's had more than two times more upgrades than downgrades in 2014. more »
The weekly average yield to maturity of The Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index, which is based on 40 long-term bond prices, declined one basis point to 4.25% from 4.26% for the week ended Feb. 19. more »
In a review of key public finance sectors affected by falling oil prices, Moody's Investors Service analysts see an upside for transportation and those supported by consumer spending. more »
There are few lay-ups in muni bond investing, but jettisoning buy-and-hold for dynamic tax management may be one of them. more »
Some portfolio managers have moved beyond merely matching benchmarks as they strive to match clients’ goals. more »
While municipal bond volume was essentially flat by par value in 2014, there were significant variations from sector to sector. more »
Total long-term municipal bond issuance did what no one thought it would do in 2014: beat 2013's total issuance. more »

The dialogue over tax reform provides an opening for state and local governments to educate members of Congress and their staff about municipal bonds, how they work and what they do.

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