Hall Becomes Equity Partner at Siebert Cisneros Shank
Gary Hall, national head of investment banking at Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., has become the firm’s newest equity partner, the company announced on Monday. Hall, who becomes the firm’s sixth equity partner, is based out of the firm’s West Coast headquarters in Oakland.  more »
Public finance veteran Kevin Smith started his job as Highland Park, Mich., school district's next emergency manger Friday. more »
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto were arrested on federal corruption and bribery charges. more »
Michael J. Belsky, co-founder of The Vector Group, avoids timing the market and focuses on limiting volatility in the municipal bond portfolios he manages. more »
Gloria Papiez will become acting director of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions, the state's primary financial regulator, on Nov. 1. more »
The tax exemption of municipal bonds, issue price, political subdivisions and disclosure top the agenda of the National Association of Bond Lawyers for the coming year, according to Cliff Gerber, who becomes NABL president on Oct. 19. more »
Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White should be demoted as head of the agency because of her lack of support for a rule that would require companies to publicly disclose their political spending, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said Friday. more »
Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., one of the top municipal bond firms in the United States and the largest African-American, Latino and woman-owned investment bank in the nation, celebrated its 20th anniversary on Thursday. more »
Laurie Martin is deputy chief investment officer for Connecticut’s $30 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, state Treasurer Denise Nappier announced. more »
Larry Kidwell, president of Brentwood, Tenn.- based Kidwell and Company, has been elected as the new president of the National Association of Municipal Advisors. more »
Chris Ryon, who manages municipal bond funds totaling $11 billion at Thornburg Investment Management, favors the safer end of the risk spectrum, keeping durations lower than usual, and maintaining higher reserve positions. more »
Municipal strategist George Friedlander and Citigroup, Inc. are parting ways on Oct. 5 after roughly four decades. more »
Fieldman, Rolapp & Associates principals reflect back on changes wrought for municipal advisors during their 50 years in business. more »
As the new chair of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board on Oct. 1, Colleen Woodell hopes the board will begin new initiatives on syndicate practices and pre-trade price transparency during her one-year term. more »

James Colby, Senior Municipal Strategist and author of the Muni Nation blog at Van Eck, stopped by The Bond Buyer recently to chat with Senior Markets Reporter Chip Barnett about municipal market performance. He also discussed the stability of munis versus other asset classes, muni bond fund inflows versus money market fund outflows, muni exchange traded funds, and what to expect in the last quarter the year.

The SEC's MCDC initiative is causing many municipal issuers and underwriters to change the way they do things.

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