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SIFMA Warns MSRB About Too-Detailed, Redundant Rules

MAR 27, 2012 6:02pm ET

WASHINGTON — A trend towards more detailed regulation of muni markets by the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board could have negative, long-term consequences on market participants, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association warned the board in a recent letter.

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