Wyden Elected to Chair Joint Committee on Taxation
Senate Finance Committee chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore. was elected to chair the Joint Committee on Taxation for the remainder of the 113th Congress.
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The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board has filed a new rule with the Securities and Exchange Commission to implement an annual fee of $300 for each municipal advisor professional that is to be paid by registered municipal advisors. more »
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has fined three firms and an individual for municipal rule violations, including for a precedent-setting case of improperly seeking reimbursement from issuers for excessive expenses on bond rating trips. more »
Citi is urging bank regulators to treat most municipal securities as high quality liquid assets in a banking rule proposed to ensure banks are equipped to handle severe financial and economic stress. more »
Tender option bond market participants have two options available to keep those programs viable under the Volcker Rule, though neither is without risk or likely to please everybody with an interest in TOBs. more »
Rep. Dave Camp's draft tax reform plan, which is advertised as revenue-neutral, would actually substantially reduce revenues and increase the budget deficit after 10 years, the former counsel of a tax-writing committee said at hearing on Tuesday. more »
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association has released model documents designed to help its members comply with the municipal advisor registration rule, which takes effect on July 1. more »
Twenty-two U.S. senators are urging Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Jo White to make sure municipal money market funds are exempted from proposed reforms, warning they will hurt state and local governments. more »
Three convicted bid-riggers filed documents with a federal appeals court this week arguing that their convictions should be overturned because of several errors by the lower court. more »
Two lawyers in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Municipal Securities have been promoted, the SEC announced Wednesday. more »
Small financial advisory firms face the most challenges adapting to the new rules and regulations governing municipal advisors, with some predicting that many of the smallest MAs will go out of business. more »
Securities and Exchange Commission municipal securities chief John Cross on Friday tried to allay the fears of bond lawyers, who continue to have many technical questions about the SEC's new municipal advisor rule. more »
FirstSouthwest vice chairman Michael Bartolotta has taken over the chairmanship of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association’s municipal securities division. more »
For yet another year, uncertainty surrounding the potential loss or cap of the municipal tax exemption concerned panelists at the National Municipal Bond Summit. more »



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