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MSRB Seeks SEC Nod for Disclosure Conflict Guidance

AUG 2, 2011 7:54pm ET

WASHINGTON - The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board asked the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday to approve interpretive guidance that would require underwriters to disclose potential conflicts of interests to state and local government borrowers.

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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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