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Low Issuance Trend Continues with $5.9B Week
Demand is still running rampant in the municipal bond primary market, while the pipeline of new supply remains crimped.  more »
The Federal Reserve has room for two more rate increases this year, as the economy seems "reasonably close" to full employment and is likely to gather pace, former Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart said. more »
Federal Reserve rate increases are aimed at achieving a soft landing and the U.S. economy will cope "just fine" with gradual policy tightening, said New York Fed President William Dudley. His colleague James Bullard doesn't share that confidence. more »
Top-shelf municipal bonds were unchanged at mid-session, traders said, as they prepare for next week's chunky new issue calendar. more »
Municipal bond traders on Friday are looking ahead to next week's chunky new issue calendar after seeing a more manageable slate this week while they eye declining yields. more »
While the Federal Reserve waits to see how fiscal policy will change, the fed funds rate target can stay low because real GDP growth and the real interest rate remain subdued, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said Friday. more »
The value of durable goods new orders rose 1.7% in February, slightly ahead of expectations for a 1.5% gain, as transportation orders jumped 4.3% and nontransportation orders posted another small gain, data released Friday showed. more »
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams said that three or "maybe even more" interest-rate increases this year make sense, depending on how the central bank is doing on its employment and inflation objectives. more »
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan said the central bank should roll off both mortgage-backed securities and Treasury holdings when it begins to let its balance sheet shrink. more »
The weekly average yield to maturity of The Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index, which is based on 40 long-term bond prices, fell seven basis points to 4.27% in the latest week from 4.34% in the previous week. more »
Top quality municipal bonds finished stronger on Thursday, according to traders, as activity in the primary market slowly wound down. more »
Jay Clayton, the nominee to take over as SEC chair, told senators on Thursday that a focus on enforcement against individuals will be an important part of the SEC’s efforts to curb bad actors in the capital markets. more »
The Treasury Department said it will auction $13 billion one-year 10-month 0.140% floating rate notes on Mar. 29. more »
The Treasury Department said it will auction $28 billion seven-year notes on Mar. 29. more »

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