Bond Buyer Indexes Strengthen
The weekly average yield to maturity of The Bond Buyer Municipal Bond Index, which is based on 40 long-term bond prices, was 11 basis points lower to 4.05% from 4.16% for the previous week.
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Investors should be wary of riskier market sectors, while increasing liquidity and credit quality as they position their portfolios for the year ahead, Warren Pierson, senior portfolio manager at Baird Advisors said.  more »
Municipal bond volume fell in January as a drop in refunding outweighed a pickup in new money deals, a trend that analysts predicted would continue through the rest of the year.  more »

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New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer discusses improving the city's pension system with Bond Buyer senior Northeast reporter Paul Burton. Stringer also examines the effect of the proposed state budget on the city and reminisces about his cousin, the late Congresswoman Bella Abzug.

While the SEC's MCDC Initiative has provided some clarity with regard to materiality and confirmed that the reasonable diligence standard of Rule 15c2-12 applies to both negotiated and competitive deals, no clarity has been offered with regard to the extent of the reasonable diligence obligations of those participating in competitive deals, as co-managers, syndicate members or selling dealers. ...

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