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Why Texas-Mexico Trade Corridors Keep on Trucking
July 25, 2016 Uncertainty over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement has not stopped Texas from continuing to invest in...

BOSC Changing Name to BOK Financial Securities
July 25, 2016 BOK Financial is changing the name of its broker-dealer to BOK Financial. The firm was known for 25 years as BOSC, Inc.

Court's Pension Ruling Seen Helping Texas Cities
July 20, 2016 A federal appeals court ruling that allows Fort Worth, Texas, to reduce pension benefits is a positive credit factor for the...

Harris County Hospital District Upgraded in Tough Sector
July 18, 2016 The Harris County Hospital District earned a two-notch Fitch Ratings upgrade to AA despite weakness in the Houston area's...

Why Oklahoma's Numbers are so Bleak
July 11, 2016 Oklahoma entered a recession more than a year ago and may still be in one as oil and gas futures trade at less than half of...

KBRA Rating Gives Texas Four Triple-A's
July 6, 2016 Kroll Bond Ratings Agency conferred a fourth triple-A rating on Texas general obligation debt as KBRA added its fifth state...

Texas Sales Tax Revenue Dips in June
July 6, 2016 Texas saw its June sales tax revenue dip 0.8% as a weak oil and gas sector continued to hobble growth, state Comptroller Glenn...

How Tax Cuts, Weak Economy Keep Red Ink Flowing in Kansas
July 1, 2016 Kansas is still looking for the winning formula, four years after Gov. Sam Brownback started his experiment with income and...

How Arkansas Raised Savings by Waiting for Brexit
July 1, 2016 A decision to delay an $83 million refunding until Britons voted on an exit from the European Union proved highly rewarding...

San Antonio to Refund $564M for CPS Energy
June 27, 2016 San Antonio plans to offer the market $564 million of revenue refunding bonds for CPS Energy as the city copes with rapid...

Energy States Face Steep Bill for Abandoned Wells
June 20, 2016 With dozens of oil and gas company bankruptcies, energy producing states face a growing backlog of abandoned wells as revenue...

Dallas Taps Market for Water Bonds
June 20, 2016 Dallas plans to take advantage of continuing low interest rates with a $640 million issue of water and sewer bonds that...

Texas Skipping Cash-Flow TRANs Again
June 15, 2016 For the second straight year, Texas will not need to issue tax and revenue anticipation notes to manage its cash-flow needs,...

Texas Hospital's S&P Rating Falls to B-Minus
June 14, 2016 Good Shepherd Medical Center took a three-notch downgrade to B-minus on Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings scale as the East...

Oklahoma Budget Seen As Negative For State's Credit
June 13, 2016 Oklahoma’s recently enacted budget offers positive credit factors for public schools but negative factors for higher education...

As Drilling Abates, Texas Rushes to Repair Energy Corridors
June 13, 2016 A slowdown in oil exploration and production gives Texas an opportunity to repair damaged roads under a $3 billion program...

Brownback Calls Special Session in Face of Court's School Threat
June 7, 2016 Faced with a state Supreme Court threat to block distribution of funds to Kansas public schools, Gov. Sam Brownback called a...

S&P May Adjust Ratings for Eight For-Profit Prisons
June 6, 2016 Using new criteria, Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings warned that eight federal prisons operated privately for profit could see...

Oklahoma Awaits Ratings Verdict on Patchwork Budget
June 6, 2016 Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin voiced regret that the newly approved state budget did so little to solve structural imbalances.

How Will Arlington, Texas Pay For Another Stadium Bond?
May 27, 2016 Arlington, Texas, may pay off the debt it issued for a pro football stadium to clear the path for subsidizing a pro baseball...


Natalie Cohen, Managing Director at Wells Fargo Securities, talks with The Bond Buyer’s Chip Barnett about the global attractiveness of U.S. municipal bonds in a negative interest rate environment in Europe and Asia. She discusses market volatility after the U.K. Brexit vote, looking at both the market side and the effect on state and local governments and public pensions.

In the past 3½ years, the Securities and Exchange Commission has asserted its enforcement role considerably, in what can fairly be described as a form of direct regulation of issuers.

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