A recent study of the economics of advance refundings asserts the provocative conclusion that "[t]he widespread practice of advance refundings of municipal bonds is, at best, zero net present value, though wasteful of fees." This study may well compel a counter-study from the many proponents of advance refundings.
Commentary: Valuing Advance Refundings
AUG 12, 2013 10:57am ET
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A recent phenomenon is the emergence of bonds with shorter call protection as funding alternatives for municipalities. However, the shorter call protection also dampens the potential upside for investors, which in turn reduces the price they are willing to pay.
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