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Assured and Orrick Retain Top Insurance, Counsel Ranks in Q2, First Half
Assured Guaranty topped the rankings of municipal bond insurers for the second quarter while Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP was the leading bond counsel.  more »
The NBA blamed a law passed by North Carolina seen as discriminatory toward the LGBTQ community for its decision to yank the 2017 All-Star Game out of Charlotte. more »
Assured Guaranty subsidiaries sued Puerto Rico over its diversion of toll revenues that had supported insured bonds. more »
New York City announced on Thursday it will offer around $1.49 billion of general obligation bonds next month. more »
The Federal Housing Administration said it will begin insuring mortgages on certain properties that include PACE assessments if the obligation is treated like a property tax and it does not have priority status over the FHA mortgage lien. more »
Kentucky plans to issue $100 million of bonds to support a workforce development training initiative seen as critical to better prepare people for jobs that match the needs of employers in the state. more »
Municipal investors should be prepared for the eventual departure of non-traditional and international buyers from the sector, Regions Investment Management said in a new report. more »
The Harris County Hospital District earned a two-notch Fitch Ratings upgrade to AA despite weakness in the Houston area's energy economy. more »
The Michigan State Building Authority is joining the parade of borrowers capitalizing on the market's attractive rates with plans to sell about $660 million of mostly refunding bonds next week. more »
The speed of Pennsylvania's response to its $1.2 billion budget imbalance will make a difference when it sells general obligation bonds next week. more »
Bond rating agencies, muni analysts and even constitutional experts are watching Pennsylvania after the governor let an unbalanced budget take effect without his signature. more »
Kroll Bond Rating Agency said on Friday that it affirmed the Municipal Assurance Corp.’s insurance financial strength rating of AA-plus. MAC is a subsidiary of bond insurer Assured Guaranty Ltd. more »
Bank of America Merrill Lynch stormed back in the second quarter to rank first among municipal underwriters for the first half of 2016, increasing its par amount and market share from a year earlier. more »
Assured Guaranty Ltd., the biggest municipal bond insurer, gobbled up the remaining business of another legacy insurer, completing the acquisition of CIFG Holding Inc. more »

Natalie Cohen, Managing Director at Wells Fargo Securities, talks with The Bond Buyer’s Chip Barnett about the global attractiveness of U.S. municipal bonds in a negative interest rate environment in Europe and Asia. She discusses market volatility after the U.K. Brexit vote, looking at both the market side and the effect on state and local governments and public pensions.

In the past 3½ years, the Securities and Exchange Commission has asserted its enforcement role considerably, in what can fairly be described as a form of direct regulation of issuers.

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